Orchids at the Palace

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Lord Mansfield extends a personal invitation to you to visit the Scone Palace Orchid Festival!


Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland
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

Scone Palace Orchid Festival Marquee
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.


Orchid display by Peter White
Part of the display by Peter White – Scone Palace Orchid Festival
David Steads display with his wonderful vandas at the centre back
Orchid display by Plested Orchids
Part of the display by Plested Orchids – Scone Palace Orchid Festival
Orchid display by Burnham Nurseries
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.


Orchid display by David Steads
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
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.


David Steads Vanda Orchids
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 - The Upside Down Orchid Burnham Nurseries
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 at Scone Palace
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" orchid
Disa uniflora Orange – Scone Palace Orchid Festival


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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

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    It must have been pretty steamy in there.
    There are some vibrantly colored orchids. I didn't even know they came in such colors.
    I would love to visit that palace. I am craving some scones now. Mmmm.

    Thanks for sharing your visit! I bet it was good fun!

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    Curbstone Valley Farm

    The orchid displays are beautiful. Sadly, I have very brown thumbs when it comes to orchids. I never seem to be able to get them to rebloom. I think it's usually a problem with "these plants require good light levels". Maybe I'll just stick to the cider, it's sounds quite tasty, especially the ginger flavor!

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    Wow, I would have felt like in heaven with all those beautiful orchids around! Those lady slipper orchids are so gorgeous! I would be trying very hard not to purchase too many orchids because I am sure they have to be quite expensive 🙂 Maybe not bringing the hubby will be a good idea in this case. LOL

    BTW, there are three pictures not showing for me for some reason, not sure if it happens to other readers. Two are about David Steads, and the other one is Orchids from the Scottish Orchid Society.

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    April Lorier

    Gorgeous, Rosie! Takes me back to the yearly plant show in California I attended – selling and buying – for many years. I'm glad you had an "ooh and ahhh" day!

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    What lovely photos Rosie. So wonderful to share in your visit to such an extraordinary place.

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    Edith Hope

    Dear Rosie, I have never had much success with orchids and amin complete admiration for the growers of the wonderful flowers which you feature here. They are such exotic looking plants and so very varied. You both obviously had a very splendid day. Did, I wonder, all that cider make its way safely home?!!

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    Hi Rosie, those orchids are surely verrrrry beautiful and the photos are lovely also. I am sure tending these tropical orchids are more difficult in your part of the world, as you have to give them what they are accustomed with, even in your different types of climate. I admire the expertise and patience of the gardeners. I have not seen those Dendrobium nobile here yet, the flowers are so big i thought they could be Cattleya but i think again, no the stems are Dendro! hahaha, then i found your caption, Dendro. Even in the collection of the Scottishe Society, the Phals are growing vigorously and happy.

    BTW, putting in those roots in a small glass vase for water absorption might not be alwaysa a good idea. When the roots are already long and turgid they will break if put in there, so it might be more practical and kindly to the orchids to just place them in wide basins or big deep pails with water, to avoid root breakage. It is difficult to recover from stress, how much more from wounds. It's good for us that hot stress can just be assuaged by a cold drink. hehe

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    My daughter gave me an Orchid several years ago for my birthday. It was great until the flowers died. I tried everything I could think of to get it to reflower, eventually it dried out and I tossed it. It sounds like you had an awesome time with your friend. Your photos are lovely.

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    I'm not good with orchids except for the wild ones from the jungle that I can tie up to the trees:) The ones shown in your post are exceptionally beautiful! The upside down orchid is fascinating! There's always something unique to discover in the plant world. Your photos are fabulous!

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    They are all gorgeous orchids, It's the first time I see these upside down orchids.
    Your photos are a treat for the eye.

    I just realized that it's quite a slavery to keep orchids in our climate. It is either too warm or too could, either too dry, or too wet and my orchids are never content with the conditions.

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    Hi Rosie,

    Orchids and a palace? Sounds like a bit of heaven to me 🙂

    I do love the beauty of orchids and I cannot wait to see your other photos. My two orchids are surviving so far….one better then the other. Hopefully, they will flower again someday.

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    Hi Rosie – thank you – I love to ogle orchids. Simply mesmerising but how would you ever choose just one?

    Laura x

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