1 It's exciting to attend a show like this one so close to my office. This Japanese Flower Show was located at the Hudson Mercantile Exchange - about a half mile from our historic Starrett Lehigh Building, and just a block from New York City's Jacob Javitz Convention Center.
2 Spray roses have short individual stems on a single larger stem. they are great for wrist corsages, centerpieces and other small scale arrangements. This is Rosa (Spray) Little Woods.
3 This is Rosa (Spray) White Woods - these white blooms, with its green stems, looks so elegant.
4 Rosa (Spray) Aoi is such a pretty collection of bold, pink flowers.
5 This is called Rosa (Spray) Eclair.
6 The Japanese variety, Rosa Mocomoco, is a very popular rose export.
7 Lathyrus odoratus is known more as the Sweet pea - a flowering plant in the genus Lathyrus that grows as a bushy or climbing annual with very fragrant flowers. These are Lathyrus odoratus Dark Blue, Apple Green (dyed), and Catherine Purple.
8 As a vine, these plants may grow to six to eight feet in a single season. However, without support, it grows into a bushy mound that's about three feet tall. These blooms are Lathyyrus odoratus Antique, Crystal White, and Shire Ripple.
9 They also come in even lighter shades including Lathyrus odoratus Natural Green, Yousei, and White.
10 This is Lathyrus odoratus Sikibu.
11 Lathyrus odoratus Olivia - a dark and bold shade of purple.
12 Sweet pea cultivars provide a large variety of flower colors. This is Lathyyrus odoratus Floric.
13 Here are more varieties - Lathyyrus odoratus Salmon Pink, Momoirotoiki, and Ripple Orange.
14 Lathyrus odoratus Scarlet, Happy, and Sunrise Passion
15 Lathyrus Odoratus Peach, Charmy Queen, and Coral Pink
16 Sweet pea is a cool weather annual that is best grown in rich, hummus, medium moisture, well-drained soil and full sun. These are Lathyrus odoratus Sakura, and Lady Lady Agnes.
17 Lathyrus odoratus Beni Sikibu, Koi Sikibu
18 This is a beautiful white arrangement that includes sweet pea, ranunculus, and white Gloriosa lilies.
19 Anemones are so pretty. They have very strong stems with medium to large blooms. This is Anemone Mistral Plus.
20 The genus Anemone includes more than a hundred species of perennial flowering plants, which grow from tubers. They grow wild in many European countries, in North America and in Japan. This is Anemone Rosasialo.
21 I love Ranunculus. Most often, these flowers come in multiple layers of delicate, crepe paper thin petals. This one is Ranunculus Eze.
22 Ranunculus Eze has such beautiful shades of purple-pink flowers.
23 Ranunculus are frost hardy cool season perennials. They are also quite long-lasting as cut flowers. This is Ranunculus Charlotte.
24 Ranunculus Charlotte is such a pretty color pink.
25 Ranunculus Flora - look at all the pretty layers.
26 This is Ranunculus M-Beige.
27 And, this is Ranunculus RHONE White.
28 Here is a beautiful Ranunculus RHONE Pink - so pretty for any table centerpiece.
29 This one is Ranunculus RHONE Light Pink.
30 This is Ranunculus RHONE Orange - blooms are most often about three to six inches wide and are available in bicolored picotee, gold, pastel mix, pink, red, rose, salmon, sunset orange, white, and yellow.
31 This Ranunculus Aurora is eye-catching with its more dramatic shade of pink.
32 Leucocoryne is a small genus of about 12-species in the Alliaceae family. The foliage is long and narrow and has an onion-like scent. The blue, white or lilac flowers are held in umbels. This is Leucocoryne Andes.
33 This is a closer look at the blooms of Leucocoryne Andes - they have such bold contrastng colors.
34 This is Leucocoryne White.
35 Asplenium is a genus of about 700-species of ferns. This is Asplenium Crispy Wave - I love the large wavy leaves.
36 Cosmos are prized for their abundant, silky flowers and easy care nature in the garden. These prefer full sun and protect them from strong winds and they will thrive. This is Cosmos Choco #4.
37 The Japanese Allium Snake Ball is another very popular export item - its unusual snaky stems are such an artistic element to any arrangement.
38 There are numerous types of dianthus. Most have pink, red, or white flowers with notched petals. They are deer resistant, and fragrant. This is Dianthus Rafine Biore.
39 These lightweight, tender flowers are so beautiful. The Gloriosa is most commonly known as the flame lily, fire lily, gloriosa lily, and glory lily. This one is Gloriosa Rutea.
40 This is Gloriosa Zipang Sasayo.
41 This was a most beautlful Gloriosa - such a vibrant color of orange-red.
42 And it's very tall.
43 About 80 species make up this genus Spiraea. They are grown primarily for their small but profuse white, yellow, pink, or purple flowers. This one is Spiraea cantoniensis Kodemari.
44 The common name of Eustoma is lisianthus. It is a biennial or annual that grows on erect single to sometimes branching stems up to three-feet tall. This is Eustoma Mango - its pastel shade of pink is so pretty.
45 The Eustoma flower is extremely popular as a cut flower because of the beautiful selection of colors and because the flowers last for at least a week after cutting. The most common uses are as a corsage, or gathered together with multiple colors in the same vase. This is Eustoma Reina White.
46 A few of the Astilbes at this show are dyed. Astilbes are quite easy to grow as long as their ground is not in the blazing sun, but provides plenty of moisture. This is Astilbe Tropical Purple (dyed).
47 This is Astilbe Pastel Purple (dyed).
48 The one of the right is Astilbe Light Purple.
49 Scabiosa is also known as the pincushion flower because of the flower's cushion-like center and pin-looking stamens, It comes in a large variety of colors. These are Scabosa japonica Super Pink, Violet 2, Apricot Beauty, and Ochroleuca.
50 These flowers perform best in full sun and require well-draining, organic-rich soil. Here are Scabiosa japonica Hinata Violet, Strawberry Milk, Yui, Wine 74, and TERA Wine Picoty.
51 Epidendrum is a large neotropical genus in the orchid family. The come in various flower sizes and appearances, and grow in tufts. Many of them are also scented. This is Epidendrum Orange.
52 Matthiola is a genus of flowering plant in the mustard family. They are cultivated for their heavily scented, colorful blooms. This is Matthiola Yellow Quartet.
53 Cymbidiums are prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers and are often used as cut flowers for corsages in spring. They bloom during the winter, and each plant can have up to 15 or more flowers. The fantastic range of colors for this genus include white, green, yellowish-green, cream, yellow, brown, pink, and red.
54 This is Cymbidium Koun no Takarabune.
55 Here is Cymbidium Majolica.
56 Cymbidium Red Heart
57 Cymbidium Cool Call
58 Cymbidium Mika Bijin
59 There were many cymbidium based arrangements at the show -this one was so full and so pretty.
60 This arrangement included Lathyrus and Eustoma, with Alliums dancing overhead.
61 This arrangement included a mix of Cymbidium cultivars.
62 This artful collection has Cymbidium flowers over Chamaecyparis foliage.
63 This one has Cymbidium flowers arranged in front of palm leaves.
64 A Cymbidium and an Oncidium orchid
65 Here is another mix of Cymbidium cultivars - in the colors of spring.
66 Here I am with some of the show's organizers - members of the Japan Flowers and Plants Export Association. What a lovely show.