Don’t know how many of you will get that reference! It is a game played during 19th century house parties in English manors. Only a confirmed Trollope geek would have this at the top of her head when thinking about native lady’s slipper (cypripedium) orchids. (Silly children’s game were often used as good opportunities for decorous—or not so decorous—flirtations back then.)
Cheryl, my chief gardening buddy, and I were searching for affordable and legal ways to bring hardy woodland orchids into our Buffalo gardens when Cheryl found this site:Spangle Creek Labs,which offers seedlings, and is active in native orchid conservation. Does anyone know it? We’re excited about this because although these plants take a while to become established, they are also supposed to form large colonies once they’re happy. Both of us feel we’ve got just the place for them.
McClure Zimmerman is also offering blooming-size cypripedium, but—yikes—the prices! So we’re thinking about seedlings instead. I have never been fortunate enough to see these in the wild, though I understand the Northeast once offered plenty of opportunity, as Michele has posted. (EDIT–found Michele’s post and I’m glad I did.) Have any of you Northern gardeners had luck with these? Indeed, some of you may have posted on it, and I missed it, or, more likely, forgot, so do link to your posts, if so. Having just seen a show featuring the hothouse version of these gorgeous plants, the thought of having them in my garden seems almost too good to be true. And maybe it is.