‘Valentines Love x Summertime’ is a Cymbidium Orchid initially painted from a friends plant back in Wellington at the end of last season, though have only just got round to finishing off the detailing on it now – good thing for reference photos.
It seems now is the season for flowering orchids here in Melbourne…. They seem to be tempting me from all the shops I pass, whether its our fantastic local fresh markets, the florists, the art galleries or the beauty spas – They are everywhere I look and I am in love! However I am so not in love with the price of them here…. What is an affordable plant back home in NZ will set you back $90 + over here and so has become a luxury I have had to shelf for the moment *Sigh*
… Or at least until the upcoming Orchid show in two weeks – I am so looking forward to it and am hoping it is everything the name suggests! Here are some details :
Melbourne Orchid Spectacular 2010
The largest annual orchid show in Australia. There will be thousands of orchid flowers and spectacular displays of hybrid and species orchids from around the world.
Culture and potting demonstrations will be run on an hourly basis by local and interstate experts.
This year’s spectacular will be run again in conjunction with the Victorian International Orchid Fair with more than 25 sellers from Victoria and across Australia.
It will be held at the Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough. Melways 89, A10
Dates: 20th Aug – 22nd Aug 2010
Opening times: Fri. 9am-5pm. Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Further info: http://www.oscov.asn.au
…I am hoping to find a local society to join up and tag along to… and hopefully get my mitts on a few new plants to paint from!