What’s In or Out? Tropical Flowers

Thanks for all your comments last week. Here is the word on what’s in or out for tropical flowers:

America (again, I am in New York)

  • Bird of Paradise: Out
  • Anthurium: Out
  • Pincushion: In
  • Heliconia: Out

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Bird of paradise: In
  • Anthurium: In
  • Pincushion: In
  • Heliconia: In

Middle East

  • Bird of paradise: Out
  • Anthurium: In
  • Pincushion: In
  • Heliconia: Out

Europe

  • Bird of paradise: Out
  • Anthurium: In
  • Pincushion: In
  • Heliconia: Out

Asia

  • Bird of Paradise: In
  • Anthurium: In
  • Pincushion: In
  • Heliconia: In

Again, this is just based on my experience working in these areas. If you think differently, definitely let me know.

This week, I’d love to introduce my all time favorite type of flower: ORCHIDS. Nothing gives me more joy than when I see an orchid I have never seen before for the first time (this, by the way, happens rather often). Growing up in Panama, where the national flower is a rare orchid (La flor del espiritu santos), it was the one type of flower I noticed as a child.

I believe orchids to be the most sensual looking flowers. For me, they represent the beauty of the feminine in all her glory. But even with these most perfect flowers, I have seen some of them go IN and OUT of style. There are hundreds of varieties of orchids, but here are are a few popular ones:

Dendrobium

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Cattleya

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Phalaenopsis

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Vanda

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Cymbidium

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Which of these flowers do you think are IN or OUT?

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