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Clown Alley Orchids Tour

(a gem in Pasadena, TX)

July 7, 2018

 

I had been researching Lady Slipper orchids for a while via Pinterest. I was particularly interested in finding size reference images so that I could create a sugar version as realistically as possible. I had found none to date for some reason. I have a number of images pinned, but none with any sort of item in the background that I could use as a size reference.

I then decided to see where I could order one by mail or perhaps even in store close to home. I found, to my surprise, that there was one in Pasadena, TX. I have visited the city countless times, and still do, even having lived there once but never knew there was an orchid florist in the area.

I visited Clown Alley Orchids, located at 3119 Lily Street, Pasadena, Texas, 77505.

I first stepped into the store itself. They have a small number of orchids on display for purchase - all of which I would buy if I could and had the room of course. I slowly made my way around the area, appreciating the beauty I was looking at as I had only ever seen Phalaenopsis orchids at local grocery or garden stores. An employee came up to me and asked if I had any questions and I said, "You wouldn't happen to have any Paphiopedilums would you?" (Paphiopedilums are also known as Lady Slipper Orchids). To my extreme (an understatement) surprise and delight, they did! 

I hadn't even noticed that right behind me was a Pahiopedilum superbiens - a Lady Slipper orchid. At this point I was secretly laughing at myself as I was so intensely trying not to jump up and down like a child who just got their favorite toy.

To my surprise as well, the Lady Slipper orchid was much smaller than I thought it would be, but no less beautiful and breath taking.

The Paphiopedilum superbiens - aka Lady Slipper orchid I brought home. In the front seat of my car on the way home.

The orchid sitting outside my garden in the very humid weather for a bit before I brought it inside to its permanent home on my window sill.

Using my hand as a size reference for Pinterest pinning purposes so others will not have to go through what I did (insert smile here).

After I gave the employee my "I'll take it." in reference to they Lady Slipper orchid, I then proceeded to shop for some of the supplies I was also there for. I had a rescued Phalaenopsis at home I needed to repot for one. 

There was another customer in front of me when I finished so the same employee asked if I would like to take a look at their greenhouse in the meantime, to which I promptly responded "Yes." 

I made my way to the back and I was the orchid lover and floral equivalent of a kid in a candy store.

Unsurprisingly, I made my way to the Lady Slipper orchids first. They had two bud versions.

Paphiopedilum superbiens - Lady Slipper orchid bud.

Their greenhouse had an artificial waterfall which I sadly did not think to take an image or video of. The sound of the waterfall definitely contributed to the "ahh" or "wow" factor of the place - giving you the feeling that you were in some sort of tropical paradise by the ocean.

I very slowly made my way around the greenhouse. They had orchid seedlings to fully grown versions.

A cascading set of Phalaenopsis orchids with various orchid seedlings in the background.

A cascading set of beautifully spotted yellow cattleya with striped centers.

Colorful purple tinted and cascading Phalaenopsis orchids.

Cascading dendrobium orchids.

Although I did not take a video or image of the waterfall itself, you can hear it in this video of Clown Alley Orchids' greenhouse:

I found out that the owner is selling the Clown Alley Orchids lot as is, meaning it is up to the buyer to decide whether or not to keep the shop and greenhouse. How I wish I could buy the place myself to keep it going as it is a real gem. I hope that whoever ends up purchasing the property sees the beauty in this place. 

Thank you for visiting,

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