orchids we grow

Southern California orchid growers are blessed with (mostly) moderate temperatures throughout the year, allowing many orchids to be grown outdoors. In fact, fully 40% of OSSC members don't have a greenhouse! The photos on these pages are all examples of plants that have been grown in Southern California, both in and out of greenhouses, and come from the OSSC flickr group, which is open to all Southern California orchid enthusiasts. By default, the  "most interesting" photos are presented first. (Note: the degree of "interestingness" is determined by flickr's proprietary methodology.)


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Lepanthes odontocera?   
by In Memoriam: Ecuador Megadiverso

Lepanthes monoptera   
by In Memoriam: Ecuador Megadiverso

Tribute to Sandy Elementary School. 12-14-2012   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” (Explore, Dec. 8th 2012)   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.”   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

Happiness is a present attitude and not a future condition.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.”   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.”   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

The flower is the poetry of reproduction.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

Flowers really do intoxicate me.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

I like to think a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness. That it yearns to be carried away.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

Flowers whisper "Beauty!" to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”   
by Alexandra Rudge. California life!
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