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12:35 am - Five from Volunteer Park Conservatory
I always mean to take very great care to right down the flower name, but never remember to in the heat of the moment. Any identification help greatly appreciated. ETA: I've done some identifications, more help appreciated.

Phalaenopsis




Jack in the Pulpit (Cypripedium?)




Bleading Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis)


Phlox




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Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle
March, 2009

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From:bugshaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
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Amazing - the first looks like a bird swooping down to feed a nest of hungry young.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
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Wow, I didn't see that at all, but you're correct! Thanks!
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From:lamentables
Date:March 28th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
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I love that second one - colours, focus, shapes, everything!

(abrinsky's habit is to photograph labels/information boards for future reference, rather than write things down. I try to copy that.)
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
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Thanks, it looks like a carnival ride to me.

And I'll try to remember abrinsky's trick.
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From:replyhazy
Date:March 28th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
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OH!

Lovely.
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From:greenshadows
Date:March 28th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
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As it happens I am way NOT an orchid expert so these are guesses -
1. & 3. - Phalaenopsis
2. - uhh, Cypripedium?
4. Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis; we're selling a gold-leaved form of it right now) and
5. Hydrangea

Nice pics! :) Dammit! I haven't been to the conservatory in forever...
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From:shelly_rae
Date:March 28th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking phalaenopsis for 1 & 3 as well and leaning towards hydrangea for 5.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Is "phlox" another name for "hydrangea" or are they different?
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From:greenshadows
Date:March 28th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Different. Phlox is a soft-tissued (usually perennial) plant and hydrangeas are woody shrubs, though their new growth is soft-ish and green. Phlox is sometimes fragrant, too, but I've never met a fragrant hydrangea.
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From:shelly_rae
Date:March 28th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
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The first three are all orchids the second of which is a lady slipper or jack in the pulpit variety. But there are more orchids in the world than just about any other flower so it's hard to say exactly which ones.
Bleeding hearts for number four and five could be phlox, or hydrangeas, or cyclmen. If I were you, I'd take a picture of the sign as well as the flower rather than relying on notes.
I love how orchids have faces so that close up photos is like an odd sort of portrait sitting. Lovely stuff.
Anon
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From:ron_drummond
Date:March 28th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
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In the first picture, the pistil or stamen (?) of the flower looks like the head of a tiger! And it was only after deciding to post that comment that I came upon bugshaw's comment. Yes, the patals framing the tiger's head do look like wings upswept. But then you can also see the tiger's paws jsut below. A winged tiger, then, and no bird at all. You caught a pixie!
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From:philbutrin
Date:March 28th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
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the conservatory is one of my favorite places in seattle :-)
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
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When I was a kid, occasionally my school would go to the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. I liked it, but would really like to go again as an adult.
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From:slave_driver
Date:March 28th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Very good stuff. Fantastic colors!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:scarlettina
Date:March 28th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Gorgeous, Luke. Absolutely gorgeous!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:March 28th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:agentxpndble
Date:March 29th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
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These are *so* beautiful! The colors just make me melt and I love the depth of field - I so want to learn how to take stunning close ups like this...!

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