Orchid Nursery Visit

We went on an outing today to Byrd’s Orchids nursery.  Oh the delights we saw while there.  I just LOVE orchids.  (warning, this post is picture heavy)

We went looking for this:

It’s the Vanilla Bean Orchid.  If you didn’t know that Vanilla came from an orchid…well…now you do.  I was surprised to find this out a couple of years ago too.  HERE is the wiki page about them.  And apparently it has medicinal properties.  All the more reason for me to be intrigued by it.

Medicinal uses

In old medicinal literature, vanilla is described as an aphrodisiac and a remedy for fevers. These purported uses have never been scientifically proven, but it has been shown that vanilla does increase levels of catecholamines (including epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline), and as such can also be considered mildly addictive.[35]

In an in-vitro test vanilla was able to block quorum sensing in bacteria. This is medically interesting because in many bacteria quorum sensing signals function as a switch for virulence. The microbes only become virulent when the signals indicate that they have the numbers to resist the host immune system response.[36]

The essential oils of vanilla and vanillin are sometimes used in aromatherapy.

Here it is in the corner of Byrd’s greenhouse:

I find it very cool that because of this plant I get this sinfully delicious liquid.

The potted orchids on the ground in front of it are the Vanillas Mr. Byrd recently potted up.  We inquired about the price, but he wasn’t ready to sell them.  Said he would in about a month when they are well established.  YIKES!!  I gotta not forget to go by there before we move away.  I’ve been wanting one of these since we first found this nursery a couple of years ago.

It’s such a delight to walk into a greenhouse that is entirely full of orchids.  If you’ve never experienced this you should very soon.  If you are in Lakeland, FL you can find them on Green Rd on the north side.  Check out his website for more information.

Orchids are quite amazing in the size ranges they come in.  From the very small:

Actually that’s not even the tiniest one we saw.

To the quite large, like the Vanilla Bean or this one:

How about a close up of the flower on this puppy:

Byrd’s even has all the supplies you would need.

So now for the show.  I’ll let these lovelies speak for themselves.

Even the root systems are beautiful.

And Byrd’s is having a SALE!!!!!!  It sounds more like an Orchid Festival to me though.  He said sometimes there is even entertainment.  Along with food and drinks and such and of course, not to forget the ORCHIDS!!!

We are so there.  I’ve already decided that we’ll be closing up the garage sale in time to make it to this event.

He even has some other plants besides orchids.  Here’s a Pitcher Plant that is for sale.  I remember finding these all over in the woods in North Carolina.  Not really sure if they grow in nature here in Florida.  But this one sure is pretty.

Here are a few more lovelies for your enjoyment.

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