It was one of my zealous moments where I have decided to just go and see whats happening in this Orchid Garden. Its situated inside Lake Gardens area.
Getting there by motorbike is very versatile and easy as the journey getting there by public transport is going to exhaust you. Taking the car there is no joke as parking is so far from this spot (with limited parking plot, one have to go further away just to get a spot)
Well, I really wanted to get a good fertiliser for my Reed Orchids, those which I had rescued and very much desired to see them bloom. It did took me quite awhile to get there as it was so different from the last time I had been there (well, the last time was like decade ago!)
Those times, there were a lot of garden farmers selling good hybrids for a wholesale prices. Now, I noticed only 4 stalls operating in selling and the prices are not so cheap & limited plants compared to those sold in Sg. Buloh nurseries. Anyway, I did manage to get a powdered fertiliser for my orchids and was told to mix it with 1 liter of water and spray them once a week.
(Still keeping my fingers crossed with high hopes, I had sprayed 2 twice for these 2 weeks)
While inspecting the orchids sold, I found a very familiar plant which I have not seen its bloom.
I asked the vendor about it and she told me that its known as Tiger Orchid & to go up by the stairs and see the plant by the water fountain.
True enough, this great beauty had captured me that I went there again on the next day to get a better picture quality.
I came to know this as Tiger Orchid. Later after "googling" I found that its better known as Giant Orchid, Sugar Cane Orchid or Queen of Orchids.
Imagine seeing the world's largest orchid, one in full bloom. Its considered rare as it blooms 2 - 5 years but the flowers lasts for 2 months. Native in this region growing in lowland tropical rainforest's.
I had few times seen this orchid plant and wondered why anyone what to keep this huge bamboo like sugar cane plant. It does look unattractive when its not it bloom.
But when it bloom, the flower spike is as high as 9 feet the palm trees
(see the 2nd. picture & its background)
The flower is leathery, it had spots and didn't have the lip like those common orchids. The fragrance was so wonderful, not overwhelming but just captivating.
It feels so good to held this orchid flower upon my hand.
Notice the leaves and stalk, it resembles just like a sugarcane plant. If you are around in KL region and about to visit Lake Gardens do take the time to visit this very rare treat. Its considered rare in some parts of the world to see this orchid bloom.
The Orchid Garden (Lake Garden KL) is open from 9am - 6pm.
Free Admission on weekdays except on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays is RM1 per entry.
I will be going there as often as I can to get more pictures.
So hold on to your seats for more of these stunning beauties!