I'll start off with my big Grammatophylum scriptum. I'm a little disappointed as it only put out one spike this year. I've had as many as six. Each spike is three feet long and has about 50 flowers or so. The plant itself is about the size of a bowling ball and about as heavy as well.
Jim, that spotty little Gramma looks like a little leopard with its mouth open wide! That's such a cool plant.
Big purple floofer is smelling like cookies again now. Hope the raccoons aren't around! There's an Angel's Trumpet out there blooming, too so maybe that perfume will overshadow the delicious orchid fragrance.
I found a couple of new bloomers today. This is Lc Prism Palette X (Gaiety Flambeau X MECarter) X walkeriana. I bought it as a re-potting special from Jim Krull up in Apopka about a year ago when I was there with Laurel and Steve. It seems to have adjusted well to its new pot and home.
The haul from the show this weekend. Also some CPs , Glox, Geraniums...and a Bat Plant rhizome
Angraecum didieri first photo white flower
Bratonia Shelob in spike
Encyclia bractescens in spike
Masdevallia coccinea Red in spike
Zygopetalum Big Red (Prayoon x Cool Room) 2nd photo
Intergenetic, so says the vendor 3rd photo. A little more yelo in real life
Very nice yellow on your Catt, Melanie. Louis carries a nice selection of species orchids, especially Dendrobiums. Have fun shopping.
Funny story on that Lc cross. I found it on one of Jim Krull's back tables in Apopka. Part of it was stuffed into a tiny pot but the rest of it had long since escaped and was crawling across the table. I asked him what he wanted for that miserable, homeless specimen and he laughed and gave it to me for $5. Here is a picture of it when I first brought it home a year or so ago.
Well, c'mon now, Jim! Let's see what the whole plant looks like now, with a year's worth of coddling under it's belt (or pot).
Melanie, I love that yellow Catt, too. Pale yellows are so elegant.
Found a curious picture on my local orchid orphanage's Craig's List page: take a look at the last one of the 4 little thumbnails at the bottom of the page. http://sarasota.craigslist.org/grd/2948495715.html Could it be a 'Medusa' ? I think I'm going to toddle over there tomorrow morning. All the orchids are half off what they were selling for, and that was already pretty cheap!
Masdevallia coccinea Red. More crimson in real life. Not quite open all the way. Either she will open more as the days go by or maybe not enough light. Could be from the show or I have her in too shadowed an area. We'll see.
Jim, I will be sure to take pix of Encyclia bractescens when it blooms. It is a smaller plant with only 4 PB and is mounted on a stick. But I think this one likes the morning sun it gets where I have it - a second spike has shown its face.
I can't wait for this one. This is a Iridifolius x Zygostatus Alleniana Ornithocephalis mini that I picked up on a whim at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate last Sept. Got two that looked good, bare root out of their bins. Just stuck them in a large piece of cork with a Masdevallia ( bought the same way) and some bromeliads and Tillandsia. This thing can't be more than two inches across. The picture shows about 2/3 of the plant. And I think that is a spike in there. It's a dark picture, but I just had to share
OK, Elaine. Here is what the Lc cross looks like now. It still wants to crawl a bit but seems very happy. If I had used a larger pot in order to cram all of the roots inside, I don't think it would have been happy. I'll save the bigger pot for next time.
What a nice beginning to the month! Thanks, Jim. Looks like everyone is orchid shopping but me. Jim, that Gram is a stunner. It's like your version of a Lincoln Continental with fins. The Spath. too. It's nice to have orchids in the landscape. I used to have a tree full of orchids and aeroids growing up in S. FL.. That water oak is still there but people ripped off the plants. Can you believe?
Ted, You have become an expert hauler. :) Beautiful Masdie and intergeneric. Love the Angraecum too.
Mellie, glad to see you jumping right in. Love your attitude. Are you sleeping in your buying shoes? Sneaking around with Jim?
Elaine, Bulbo. medusae has much larger leaves than vaginatum.
Qwilter, you need one of each.
We are back in Atlanta. Maypop garden is almost in. Summer heat follows so closely on the heels of spring we start planting arugula, broccoli and cabbages and don't stop until we're up to zucchini. Get it? abc...z. Okay, that was bad. I am working tomorrow. Orchid photos are coming...promise.
And there's the two I bought today. The red one is Pot. Samantha Duncan "Paradise" and the pink one is Slc. Love Castle "Happiness". Oh, and the pink one is growing sideways, it's not that I forgot to rotate the photo. : )
Haha! Thanks for the moon shot, Jim! By the time it rises here, the "marine layer" will have rolled in, and all we'll see is grey. That's ok though...I'll take the humiditity whenever I can get it. I can look at the moon on TV.
By the way, great pics to start off the month! Love that shot of the Lc george Baldwin X! All of you eastern growers are way ahead of us on the west coast. We seem to be in our typical "May Grey" mode, but "typical" is welcome after the wierd weather we've all had in the past year.
all i' ve got that's new (and a bit unusual) is the Euchili citrina I bought bare root last fall. From what I've seen on the net, it doesn't open much more than this. Hard to get a picture, but it really smells lemony.
I just came in from a little 'gardening by moonlight' too. The weatherman was saying that the moon is at its perigee - closest position to Earth - this week. It's pretty. Love that digbyana, is it fragrant?
Picture shows the reason for my moonlight foray - Sri Lanka weevils are munching my roses. They're easy to catch with a flashlight after dark. In the daytime they're under the leaves but at night they come out to dine . . . sure hope they don't develop a taste for orchids.
I wish they'd make oval-shaped orchid pots for plants like your Lc. cross that want to crawl in one direction! I've got two Catts that do that, too. No sooner do I get them into a new pot than they start scrambling and sticking roots out again. Maybe a little rectangular clay window box would work?
Wow I've missed alot. Air card bit the dust and I'm doing alot of catching up after getting it replaced. Beautiful blooms everyone.
Elaine, what kind of roses do you have..we have Knockout's and I've never seen that Sri Lanka weevil here. Do they go for anything else? I'll be on the look out for them !! Yikes !
All I have new is my little mounted Tol blooming...
2nd is close up...
The little Tol looks great, Mj. Wondered where you'd gone.
The Sri Lanka weevils have so far stayed on only the roses at my house. I have yellow Knockouts and Easy Does It, another landscape rose but so far they're only eating the Knockouts. Ten feet away the plumbago that they were eating like crazy last summer is untouched! They liked my Lychee tree last year too, but not so far this year. Also the neighbor's Loquat was heavily damaged last year. Picky eaters, I guess.
Maybe it's been colder winter temps that have kept them from invading your area, so far. Keep an eye out, though. You'd think coming from Sri Lanka (close to the equator) they'd be cold sensitive. They first appeared before the two cold winters, and though we hoped the cold would eradicate them, it didn't. They lay eggs in the ground, so even if the current generation of adults get frozen, if there are eggs in the ground, they survive.
I got some new pale mauve Spathoglottis at Lowe's. Wish they'd bring in some yellow ones!
Love that Tampa Encyclia! I've spotted one in the wild and I was just so thrilled to see an orchid growing natively in Florida. It's hidden pretty well; I know poachers can be a problem.
Dad and I went to Home Depot today and got materials for the orchid house. We have to move some stuff out of the way before we get to building, but I'm already excited. Let's just hope I can keep the squirrels out.
I decided on a salmon burger for lunch and while the grill was heating up I took some pics of the bloomers in the OC. Some of these orchids you have seen before but are worth another look and some are new bloomers or at least have new spikes. All the pictures are from today.
I'll start with Enc. atropene, var. alba 'Jim' X Bepi. Bradly's Judy 'Spots'.
Ooh, love that Midnight Blue one! I still like the antennae on the butterfly orchids. : )
Dad already moved the raised beds and ruined my "before" picture, LOL! I'll get out there and take pictures soon and start a thread so you can see my orchid house come to life. It's going to be a simple thing, just an 8x8 with lattice on the sides. I'm trying to position it exactly where I want it so it gets enough shade but not too much. I have a huge oak tree that will be covering most of it.
Wow! You've really got it going on there, Jim! Hard to choose, but I think the ones that really grab me are Blc. Hawaiian leopard 'Mai Ling', Milt. aztec Toni, and Lc George Baldwin X.
That Euchili citrina has a list of aliases as long as you arm. They just can't seem to decide what family it belongs in. It sure smell lemony though.
Another first flower for me today supposed to be Bc. Bill Worsley ( Brassavola x C. aurantica), but it is supposed to be orange according to the seller. Another of their mericlones gone wrong, I guess. I'm just not sure what to call it now. Encyclia lancefolia is smelling good out there too
Jim, love that Spathoglottis plicata, Aztec Toni and Rhyncholaelia digbyana. Outstanding blooms all.
And Laurel, I have to admit this group has taught me a good deal about different plants and what to buy. What will grow well here and what will not.
Mellie, you can really pick the good ones. Some beautiful plants you added to your collection.
Where did you find Euchili citrina, Carol. Looks like it is in your hut and not outside Just love the color. We missed the moon here as well, but like you said, this humidity is wonderful and I'll take it as long as I can. Of course, for us anything over 15% is wonderful. And that Encyclia lancefolia is really neat. It's on the list.
Never heard of a Sri Lanka weevil...don't want to. Please keep them on your side of the Mississippi.lol
Mj, that Tol is really nice. Does it have a name?
All I have at our Lowes is Phals, and maybe a Catt or two. Once in a blue moon a den. That Spathoglottis has a wonderful color. And I love that Encyclia tampensis. Seem to be looking at them more and more. Collection has three now, but I see it growing in the near future.
Here is Masdevallia ibanez - behar speckles. First time it has bloomed and it has two spikes.
Ted, I like the Masdevallia. I haven't tried one yet. The Euchili is in the shack, and I bought it at the Spring Garden Show last year from Viveros Tropicals, bare root. I was told later at Andy's that they had it, but they don't list it on their site. I don't remember if they called it Encyclia or Prosthechea, but I felt bad about buying the bare root plant because I suspect it may have been wild harvested.I am thrilled however, that it not only rooted, but bloomed in 1 year.
Still loving that Midnight Blue "Cardinal's Roost". Cool color.
I posed this question in my other thread, but what kind of wood do you guys mount your orchids on? My Dad is a woodturner and he gets tons (literally) of wood of all different species. But I imagine some are more prone to rot or just not be orchid friendly so I thought I'd ask. I'm going to have to visit the park where I saw that Encyclia tampensis and see what it's growing on. I was in a swamp and there were lots of locust trees around but it's been a long time since I was there so the memory is fuzzy. I was just so surprised to see an orchid in the wild! I had the same feeling when I saw a bunch of rose pogonias while hiking one spring (in a different wetland area).
Speaking of Encyclia tampensis...I took a little walk through a local park today and trekked into the swampy part. Of course, it's dry season here so the water was way down. Anyway, I saw about four E. tampensis growing on an as yet unidentified tree (I'm going to post it in the plant ID forum). I had seen them there before but they weren't in bloom so I was really excited to see them this time. Took Dad with me so he can find them now, too. He goes hunting every year and I'm training him to identify various plants and butterflies. Plus, as a woodturner he likes to identify trees. Where we were today there were cypress and honey locust as well as lots of blooming buttonbush, but all the orchids were growing on this other tree. I'll let you know when I find out what it is.
Usually I'm not crazy about pink and yellow together, but your Oriental 'Smile' is just gorgeous. Shows ta go ya, flowers can get away with anything. That's an elegant white Catt, too. Nice going Franco! How're your ghosts coming along?
Mine are all camping out this week, since DH will not think about plants while I'm away. I complained too soon about Green Hornet, its second spike that has been in evidence since January is now extending, so it will be in bloom again soon. Little dancing ladies have not stopped blooming since February. Spikes coming along on Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanani' too! Sure hope the temporary quarters will work for everybody.
Everybody's blooms look spectacular. I'm having trouble keeping up and don't want to leave anyone out. Orchids definitely take a back seat to farming come Spring. When we get back to Atlanta for a few days I have little time to take photos. Then there's the city wedding planning and series of weekend parties coming up end of July. Oy!
Jim, Fuchs replaced my Rhync. digbyana a year and a half ago. The one I originally got from them was a little beat up and went down hill fast. I was very disappointed because they take a mature plant to bloom. The replacement was much nicer than the first plant and I hoped for something this year but not yet.
Ted, the Bratonia is so exotic looking and fun to bloom.
Franco, gorgeous Cattleya walkeriana var.alba. The alba would not have quotes since species variants or natural hybrids are not hybrid classed unless further hybridizing is done.
Elaine, 'tis the season for Prosthecea. My cochleata is spiking too. It was badly burned last March so it will be interesting to see what's what. I think both the regular and alba tampensis are in spike in the greenhut. This just shows how absent I am though.
Mellie, love the Vasco/Asco cross. Beautiful color. Thanks for the in situ photos too.
It's a rainy day in the mountains. We have intermittently been fogged in here. Luckily I spent several days planting and transplanting and now Mother Nature should do its magic. I harvested sixty three heads of garlic yesterday and haven't even begun digging the heirloom garlic. Beans are beginning to run so fences needed to be strung. We are eating garden lettuce, cilantro, parsley, arugula, turnips and radishes. We will start picking snow, snap and English peas next week.
I took some less than perfect photos the last two trips back to Atlanta. This is Aerangis ciliolata, my best in class orchid from last year's Atlanta Orchid Society show. It's even better this year and one of my very favorites. Eight spikes, but this is an early photo and when I got back the remaining spikes were open and starting to drop flowers.
Another...Leptotes bicolor. That's on my recommend list. Always a nice looking plant and very versatile in terms of growing conditions. It had way more flowers the week before but I never got to it. It also bloomed a few flowers in mid-winter.
Masdevilla vargasii. Love this Masdie! I mean, any Masdie that blooms on and off through our southern temps is a winner. The greenhut is regularly in the high eighties and it is unfazed. Really pretty plant too.
My ghosts are doing well. I recently acquired a Dendrophylax sallei. It's still not yet determined if it is a new species or just some of Florida's ghosts, Dendrophylax lindenii, that made their way over to Cuba. These guys are blooming sized, and one might even be spiking!
I absolutely love that Dracula ted! I have a small division myself that is just now putting out a new growth, i'm hoping to see some blooms in the near future. My Dracula bella, inequalis, and vampira are all spiking.
Jim, we had two of those Rhyncholaelia digbyana in bloom at our meeting tonight. Very cool plant. I also found a website that sells that Midnight Blue "Cardinal's Roost" for a reasonable price so I think I might get one when I get paid again.
I also bought Blc Bonanza Queen 'Panamint' after seeing it on here. It's just so nice!
In good news, I won two plants in the raffle at our orchid society meeting tonight. Mom got one and I picked the other. I'll post pictures tomorrow.
Jim, that is surely a beautiful orchid. I hope mine grows up to be like yours. :) How many flowers does it have to go? I've got mine at the top of the greenhut. They like a lot of light.
Congrats on the wins, Melanie. All I can say is bless the orchid society raffle table donors but beware the scale and snails that come with the prizes. Learned that the hard way.
Ted, love the Draculas though they are hard to grow here in the deep south. The Atlanta Botanical Garden keeps their collection hanging over an area with a large grated floor where all the greenhouse water is collected and in continuous motion. Thus a swamp cooler effect.
Ivan Portilla, of Ecuagenera, was at our meeting last week. He was visiting us before going to Miami for Redlands and brought hundreds and hundreds of plants for sale. It was great to get first crack at such a huge array of species plants. Orchids were piled high on six conference tables; bare root with a wad of sphag around the roots, polyfill to pad plant parts and then a mesh wrapper. I got four new babies Aeranthes ramosa, Dichaea muricata and I can't remember what else. Grief! It was like final call at Neiman Marcus. lol It took much of the next day to figure out what to mount and what to basket, then to make the mounts. Yesterday I kissed them all goodbye and came back to plant more veggies.
Hmm, I don't have it but it is very pretty. I have only one Phal and I picked it up off the loading dock of Trader Joes by the dumpster while doing one of my food redistribution runs. Well maybe I do have it because I have no clue what I picked up. lol
Six flowers, Jim. Wow! I've never seen one up close and personal with that many.
I love it, Ted. These types of Encyclias are wonderful.
Today they installed the Aluminet over the roof of the greenhouse part of the OC. I love the way it looks from the inside; kind of a glowing silvery color. There is still lots of light but it looks refracted. It did seem cooler but the plants will be the ultimate judge of that. I'll have to post these pictures two at a time as the software rejects my post when I include all four.
Interesting timing on your post of Carol's Gerberara Snow Ballet, Jim. I met Carol yesterday. Sure is nice to meet and put a face to names from this board. We had a wonderful conversation and I just love Carol's garden. And I was fortunate enough to get a division of Gerberara Snow Ballet from her as well. And to see and smell Encyclia lancefolia and Euchili citrina was really a treat.
It is possible to remove it in winter but to remove and reinstall would be a big job. It is designed to keep the heat in in the winter and keep it out in the summer. Let's hope it works as advertised as this was not a cheap adventure
Ted, congrats on meeting Carol. I'm envious. I have been able to meet Laurel, Elaine and Melanie so I'm two up on you. What a great group we have!
Speaking of the Rhyncholaelia digbyana, it is in full bloom with six magnificent flowers, five facing one direction and another that I call 'cow lick' going straight up and to the rear.
Jim, that Miltassia would be my choice to take to the orchid club meeting along with R. Digbyana. It is gorgeous, and will fit in the back seat of your truck without danger of breaking off flowers. Those flowers are huge, too! What a fabulous color.
The Grammy would have to sit on the front seat with a seat belt on . . . like a wayward child. But it is beautiful, too.
Jim, You're bound to get some ribbons! How could Digbyana not get one? Ted neglected to mention that he reciprocated with a division of Neofinita falcata. It was fun talking to someone that knows why I'm always whining about the weather. LOL! Out of curiosity, does your Gerberara open that pale, or is it just that you wait 'til there are more flowers open to take the pic? I've noticed that mine is pale when it doesn't get enough light. The more sun, the deeper the color.
OK, that didn't generate much excitement. Let's see if you can guess which one was picked as best of show. I took four orchids in to be judged and you have seen them all here. First the Miltassia Aztec 'Toni', second the Rhyncholaelia digbyana, third the Grammatophyllum scriptum and finally the Lc George Baldwin X C Trithena which opened up three new blooms this morning so I just had to include it. One more look. I'll have to do this in two parts.
As usual, I'm hiding in the shadows of this thread. It's been a crazy spring. I have nothing blooming this time of year, so I enjoy seeing everybody's flowers!
Jim, congratulations! I'm admittedly biased to that blue Lc. But I'd think either the Gram or the Rhyn won the award. Like Bree said, your plants all look perfectly healthy. How long will you keep us in suspense? :o)
I guess no one else wants to guess so I will tell you it was the Grammatophylum scriptum that brought home the ribbon. The judges did like the other three, especially the digbyana, but the size of the Grammatophylum blew them away. I guess size matters after all. :>)
Bill Thoms, the orchid guru who wrote the book on Bulbophyllums, is a member of our local orchid club. I asked him a couple of months ago if he had a nice Bulbo bicolor for sale and yesterday he brought it for me. I'm just thrilled. This is Bulb. bicolor 'Frank Drew'.
Enc. tampensis fading out beautifully. The flowers go from greenish to yellow to golden before suddenly turning brown and dropping.
Enc. alata X Early Bird has lasted wonderfully, too. I expected it to be long over by now.
Last, an exciting surprise for me, Den. Judith Nakayama that I got from the local orchid orphanage and was told that it had "already bloomed". Those little aliens on top there would be buds, wouldn't they? This is the first Den I've had so . . well it doesn't exactly spike like my other 'chids have. It's popped a new pb since I left, too.
On the move - I'll be unpacking for months. Between this place being smaller than out last home & the addition still not being finished, many boxes are still not unpacked. I still need to replace the old carpet in the DR with bamboo. Waiting for the threshold to get in so I can get that done.
I do have 2 Orchids putting out bloom shoots so I guess they are happy in FL!!!!