17 July 2008

Singapore Orchid Show 2008

The largest orchid show in Singapore!

Competitive Classes and Prize Winners’ Display: Individual plants and landscapes in 145 classes judged by 60 orchid judges from 15 countries

Schools Landscape Competition: Displays from 10 schools on the theme of ‘Flights of Fancy: Orchids for National Day’

Orchid Talks: Learn more about orchids and how to grow them from our experts (free)

Orchid Quizzes and Activities: 7 quizzes suitable for all ages, designed to test your knowledge of orchids. Complete 3 and exchange for a prize!

Batik Workshops: Learn how to make your own batiks with orchid motifs (nominal charge)

Photographic Display: Personal favourite and “best of” photos chosen by top orchid photographers

Orchid Species: A display of magni´Čücent orchid species from the collection of the Singapore Botanic Garden

Orchid Hot Spots: We live in one of the most orchid rich areas of the world. Find out where else orchids are found and what threats they face

Heritage Orchids: Find out about the ‘Made in Singapore’ hybrids that put Singapore on the orchid map from this fascinating display

A marketplace of over 100 stalls selling a wide range of products, including orchid plants, is expected to be very popular with the 200,000 visitors expected during the festival.

For advance tickets, go to http://www.singaporegardenfestival.com/ticketing02.html

(entry to the Singapore Garden Festival includes entry into the Singapore Orchid Show)

More information at http://www.singaporeorchidshow.com/

28 February 2006

Change of Address: Orchids in 3D Website

The Orchids in 3D website is being moved to a new URL, www.dendrobium.org. This website contains a 3D orchids, and a whole lot more (digital photography, articles on orchids, orchid photographs etc).

Please amend your bookmarks and visit the new site!

15 January 2006

Complex Dendrobium Hybrid (Dendrocoryne)

Dendrobium (Northmead x Star of Riverdene) x (Emma 'Bliss' x Aussie Starlight)

This is one of two plants of this cross bought from Stonehurst Nurseries before it sadly closed down a few years ago. It has a complex parentage, mostly of Australian Dendrobiums of the Section Dendrocoryne. Perhaps because of this, the flowers of the two plants are very different: this particular plant has purple spotted flowers, while the other plant puts out almost pure white flowers.

I grow the plants as if they were Dendrobium kingianum: lots of water and feed during the growing season, then a cool, dry rest from October onwards until the buds start showing.












Drag your mouse around the image to see different views of the object. To zoom in and out, press the + and - buttons. Clicking on the Maltese Cross changes the cursor and allows you to pan around a zoomed image.

View the better quality version. If you have a fast Internet connection or patience, or both, try the best quality or the super size versions.

New Super Sized 3D Orchid Images

Since this website was launched earlier this week, I've received some very valuable feedback from visitors (thank you - you know who you are!). It turns out that many people do not have Quicktime 7, and one of the things asked for was support for versions of Quicktime earlier than 7. Another was for larger images with higher resolution.

I pleased to say that I've now made higher resolution versions of each of the 3D orchid images which do not rely on Quicktime 7!

The "super" versions are at 480 x 360 pixels, and are 225% larger than the standard 320 x 240 images. The images have been compressed using Photo-JPEG, and you should be able to see much more detail in the orchids. Furthermore, they have 72 frames (one view every 5 degrees), so the movement should be silky smooth.

The only downside is (of course) file size. Super-size versions are between 1.8 M to 2.5 M in size. However, if you've got a fast internet connection and some patience, I think you will agree that it is worth the wait!

The "super" sized versions do not require Quicktime 7 to view; you should be able to view the images using any version of Quicktime that supports JPEG decompression (possibly all the way back to version 1.0?).

14 January 2006

Dendrobium Misty Magic

Dendrobium gonzalesii x cuthbertsonii

This is another miniature jewel, with large flowers on a small plant. Bought from Warrarnambol Orchids back in the days when they attended the RHS Orchid Shows.

Dendrobium gonzalesii is a Philippine species, also known as Dendrobium ceraula. Dendrobium cuthbertsonii is described and shown in 3D in another post on this blog.

Dendrobium Misty Magic has inherited the shape and the non-resupinate nature of the flower from the Dendrobium cuthbertsonii parent, and a tendency to keiki from the Dendrobium gonzalesii parent. Both parents produce extremely long-lasting flowers, and this desirable characteristic is also passed on to the hybrid. I grow it as a Dendrobium cuthbertsonii.












Drag your mouse around the image to see different views of the object. To zoom in and out, press the + and - buttons. Clicking on the Maltese Cross changes the cursor and allows you to pan around a zoomed image.

View the better quality version. If you have a fast Internet connection or patience, or both, try the best quality or the super size versions.