Lord Mansfield extends a personal invitation to you to visit the Scone Palace Orchid Festival!
|Scone Palace Orchid Festival|
So with my invitation in hand and my guest by my side we went last weekend to the 5th Annual Festival of Orchids at Scone Palace Perth. I went to photograph orchids while Anne went to shop. Believe me she sure knows how to shop!
Scone Palace Orchid Festival
|The Marquee where the Festival of Orchids was located|
Burnham Nurseries, Peter White, David Stead and Plested Orchids were all in attendance. These have all been Chelsea and Hampton Court flower show gold medal winners.
There were beautiful floral displays in the Marquee. As a result they were perfect eye candy for both the novice and expert orchid growers alike.
|Part of the display by Peter White – Scone Palace Orchid Festival|
|David Steads display with his wonderful vandas at the centre back|
|Part of the display by Plested Orchids – Scone Palace Orchid Festival|
|Part of the display by Burnham Nurseries – Scone Palace Orchid Festival|
There were many ohhhhhs and ahhhhhs as we walked around the displays admiring and photographing the blooms. Most of the plants being showcased from these prestigious nurseries were also for sale. Sales certainly were brisk in the marquee as usually if you want an orchid from one of these nurseries it has to be through mail order as they are all located down in England. Advice was always at hand on how to look after these beautiful flowers. Along with many books on orchid care and every type of sundry needed to grow orchids was for sale.
|The David Steads Sale Table with Cambria Nelly Isler and white Dendrobium nobile in the foreground and some Vandas hanging|
Vanda Orchids Care
|How to care for Vanda orchids|
Two of David Steads amazing Vandas in glass vases were purchased by my friend Anne. One orange and the other purple/blue. We had to wait about an hour for them to be arranged in the vases as there was a great demand for these vandas.
|Vanda Orchids – Scone Palace Orchid Festival|
Then over at Burnham Nurseries they were selling some very showy blooms amongst so many others in the form of Stanhopeas – The Upside Down Orchid. They hang from hanging baskets and they flower downwards and are highly fragrant. They favour light and cool conditions though are short lived.
|Stanhopeas: Upside down Orchids|
Scottish Orchid Society
My favourite display was from the Scottish Orchid Society as all of their orchids on display (though not for sale) were from members own personal collections. There was an incredible array of exotics to admire.
|Scottish Orchid Society Display – Scone Palace Orchid Festival|
Phew it was so warm in that marquee – Anne commented
“now we know what it’s like to live inside a poly bag!”
We went outside for some fresh air and headed for the car (twice!) as we were laden with purchases including 6 bottles of different flavours of Scottish cider from Thistle Cross (ginger, strawberry and whisky flavours for Anne’s dear husband. No doubt to pacify him when he discovered all her purchases). Along with a collection of jars of spices from the Organic Blending Company, 2 Vandas in vases, and a Disa uniflora Orange orchid.
|Disa uniflora Orange – Scone Palace Orchid Festival|