28 May 2010
The Orchid Garden
I am springing my very best orchid picture on you right away.
The orchid garden is an extremely cool place up in Colonia Santo Domingo, the fashionable neighborhood.
Once you turn off the street at the sign, you must cross this bridge over the waterway that runs down along the side of the building. This is a view back toward that foot bridge.
You knock on the door and wait for Julio, the gardener, to answer. He will collect 20 pesos apiece and give you a tour.
The orchid garden is located in a 200-year-old tannery building.
The orchid family is huge and diverse. Many are epiphytes, deriving their moisture and nutrients from their surroundings and growing on other plants.
Here they are grown wired onto these chunks of wood . . .
or in these hanging, wooden baskets.
There will be different species blooming at different times throughout the year here, according to Julio.
There were not actually a lot of orchids blooming right now.
However, I will certainly be checking back regularly to see others as they come along. . .
. . .for sure.
The brains of the cacti world. . . . .
I have a piece of Mexican candy for every child who can locate the dog hidden in this picture.