The Cymbidium Kiwi Midnight ‘Geyserland,' is often called the Black Orchid, though it is not actually black. The Orchid is actually deep burgundy. Cymbidium is a genus of 52 evergreen species in the orchid family Orchidaceae. It was first described by Olof Swartz in 1799. The name is derived from the Greek word kumbos, meaning ‘hole, cavity’. It refers to the form of the base of the lip. The genus is abbreviated Cym in horticultural trade. This genus is distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia (such as northern India, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Borneo) and northern Australia. The larger flowered species from which the large flowered hybrids are derived grow at high altitudes.
(photo: Eric Hunt)
Hungarian Embroidery Sampler
I finished this sampler a few years ago but have not gotten around to framing it. Each design is from a different region of Hungary. The most difficult is probably the Irasos, which has a tricky stitch. The colour schemes were chosen to suit the patterns, although many variations can be found in Hungary.
I ended up creating a little pillow that has a combination of all of these patterns … more on that another time.