I went out to see how our lizard orchids are doing and they are now in full flower. Ours are always tricky to photograph as they lurk in shady green places and as they're mostly pale-ish green themselves there isn't a lot of contrast with their backdrop. Close up shots do work however as they show the splashes of cerise spots and dusky pink of the 'ribbons'.
|Not really all pale green|
|Lizard orchid flower spike|
The roses we have inherited have all done extremely well this year. The red slightly scented one by the front door especially. In fact, so much so that we were able to cut a large bouquet for the living room while still leaving plenty on the bush. It isn't a repeat flowering type although in the past we have had the odd second bloom around August.
|Red roses from the garden|