Today one of the local nurseries hosted a show by the Northwest Orchid Society. There were people there to answer questions, many orchids that were part of a judged show, and several plants for sale. I have wanted to try growing a Lady Slipper (Paphiopedilum) for quite a long while now but was unsure if my home environment would be suitable. In the past other orchids like the Cymbidium or Dendrobium have needed more light than I get so they have not done well. It was very helpful to have someone from the Orchid Society there to answer questions, give some suggestions and advice. The Lady Slipper is supposed to have needs similar to the Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) and that variety does very well in my kitchen window. It will be a few more days before the Lady Slipper opens but for now it looks promising. The tag identifies it as a Paph. Maluki 'Green'x Maudiae' Green.' The leaves have a pretty mottling and the bud has green stripes and some white. After it opens I'll post an update to show what it looks like.
Lady Slipper Orchid -- Paphiopedilum
Here are some of the many, many beautiful orchids that were on display.