Now for something different, this is Vanda Kultana Indian Incense. The flower is small by Vanda standards. The petals are very dark brown and the lip is purple. I used a white background and over exposed just a bit but it is still dark. This is a tough one to photograph. I haven't detected any fragrance yet but it still has a ways to go.
Thanks for starting a new thread, Jim. Great pics! You really showed off 'Snow Ballet' well. Is it in the OC, or outside? I'm still trying to figure out what causes the different colors...temps, hours of sun, both? Hard to tell with our weather. I thought Momma was ready for a break, but found another spike today.
I think I probably 'need' Enc. cilare. Does it have any scent? Love the Vandas! Really like that Bc too, but they seem to do better here with the 'L' in them.That Laelia gene seems to make them tougher.LOL!
I'm right there with you Carol. I think I probably 'need' Enc. cilare! lol
Great shots, Jim. Question is how do you keep so many plants segregated by sun and water likes and dislikes. There seems to be so many variables, i.e. Bright light and dry between waterings, Bright light and do not let dry out, Partial shade and let dry slightly between...you all know what I mean. And then watering with a timer system?
BTW October was 1570 views and 250 posts. That's a lot of orchid stuff. I love it.
Lovely start for the new month, Jim. The new Vanda is a beauty. Indian Incense sure sounds like it should be fragrant.
My new start of Gerberara Snow Ballet still has two spikes blooming. Mine don't have as many freckles as yours at the moment, but maybe a little more yellow in the throats.
I hope to have something new to show soon - the spike on my little wildling Monk's orchid is elongating and making lots of buds! Sadly, the spike I'd waited 3 years for on Odbrs mem Nikoline Lorentzen 'Marz Starz' got broken off by one of the gang of raccoons that raided my pool cage last week. Miserable little rascals.
Goodness Jim ! How do you keep up with them all !
I'm with ya on the Enc. cilare and the Bc. Jacqui. Really like both of those.
Elaine, the BC Little LuLu you picked up for me last spring is budding up. I'm so excited about that.
I've also got B. nodosa and B. nodosa jiminy cricket in spike.
This is one of my Brassavola nodosas and folks around here call it the "Weaver" form. I'm not sure that is an official name but if it is, it should go in single quotes after nodosa. These are very fragrant after dark and so are known as "Lady of the Night" orchids.
Ooh, I love that last one! Blc. Hawalian Leopard 'Mai Ling' is a favorite too, but then again, we all know I like all orchids with Hawaiian names, LOL! It must be really nice hanging out in your OC right now, Jim.
Bree,You know I love the Burana and the Laelia is nice as well.
I just spoke with Laurel. She is in Miami working on the house there. She is having trouble with cell phone service and internet connection. She asked me to congratulate Elaine on her new grandma status and is looking forward to meeting Melanie and Jean. So, Wednesday is still on and it sounds like fun. I wish MJ would change her mind.
You will probably think me dumb but, by looking at your greenhouse and the way your orchids are hanging, I have a question---how do you water and fertilize them? I have had my orchids for about 3 yrs and they have never bloomed.
Jim, Wow...Blc. Goldenzelle is on it with the color and floof factor.
This week is going to be a bust for me to get off the farm. Trying to cram in lessons in the am and beat the (70%) chance of rain in the afternoon and probably trying to make up some of them on Wed. At this point it might just be better for me to try to wait till early spring. I've been gradually moving things into the greenhouse and house, with all the dips into the upper mid 40's we've been having. Figure I might as well get it done and over with. But quarters are getting a bit cramped. Course I'm sure if I did get the chance to get ove there thoughts of cramped quarters would be completely lost...
I'm still trying to figure out where I can put some of the big guys that they don't end up getting knocked over. It would help if I had more indoor area, but my kitty is a chronic
plant chewer, so I have one room that is closed off to her completely.
Ted, Potinara is very nice !
Vanda Charles Goodfellow cross only has 2 small buds left to open. I am determined to do exactly what I did this year with it next year to get it to bloom again...
Parrotma, I mist my orchids every day with a weak fertilizer solution and water them heavily once a week to wash out any salt build up. Your situation may differ depending on several factors such as orchid type, sun/shade, potting materials and so on. No questions are "dumb" and there are lots of folks here willing to help.
Laurel, I talked with Charlie Chapman today and he will be there waiting for us tomorrow.
I have cattleya and Phalaenopsis. I fertilize them at least once a month. I use a fertilizer with a high middle number (~50) because a master gardener told me that gets her orchids to bloom.
Also, I have them in pots with a phalaenopsis potting mix. Question: how can you water your orchids heavily when they are practically hanging in air? I ask because my husband has built me a greenhouse and I would love to winter them in such a way.
Marsha- i water with a hose in my greenhouse and when i fertilize i use a bucket and dunk them in. Do you mean Vandas (which grow without potting mix)? You just water them more than the others. Orchids can be over watered, they hate staying wet for periods of time esp. if cold. There roots will rot quickly if kept wet. I water in the mornings on sunny days so they dry before night and i try not to let water sit in the plants. I use coarse bark chunks and perlite for my orchids, your Phal mix would be finer than that wouldnt it? So be careful not to keep them wet. You'll think there dry but they wont be.
Is your greenhouse heated? Plastic or shadecloth? Not sure what your minimum temps are in winter and if your orchid will be able to handle it.
I'm back home with a dozen new babies and too tired to sort them all out. It was a wonderful day and so nice to meet Jean and Brian. Laurel and Steve along with Melanie, who kept me company on the long drive, all helped make it special. I'll give a full report tomorrow but now I'm skipping the couch and headed straight to bed.
Finally internet connected but so tired. We have six hours more driving until we are back in Atlanta. It was a wonderful day with new friends; Jean, Brian & Melanie and my bud, Jim. My buying shoes barely simmered though. It will be several days until the trip dust settles. Will report back soon.
I've been looking for pictures of the vandas I bought and I can't find exact pictures, just ones where they've been crossed with others. I purchased Vanda Ogden Phipps (I'm a genealogist and the Longs are closely related to the Phipps so I felt I had to buy it out of family loyalty) and Vanda Sirilak x Bitz's Heartthrob. The first appears to be in the blue/purple family and the second appears to be more pink. With a name like Heartthrob I figured it was probably pink; Goodwin's orchids website says Bitz's Heartthrob has huge flowers so here's hoping!
Ok, you shoppers! Let's see some pictures. I am so sad to have missed the orchid shopping day, but I did get to see a little orchid show while I was in Salt Lake this week. There was even a fellow there with 3 Habenaria medusa plants, in bloom, but he had sold them all by the time I got there, to my great disappointment. I just spent all day on planes, and am anxious to see what beauties you all picked up.
New grandbaby Mallory Jane is lovely, I am tired. Right with you on hitting the sack, Jim. z z z z zzz
I guess I'm the only one still awake so I will tease you with a few photos of some of the greenhouses we visited. I've been to a bromeliad dealer before and no matter what the plant, it's so impressive to see an entire greenhouse full of plants.
There were vandas as far as the eye could see! You could get lost in them, seriously. One day, when I have more patience (and I know more about vandas) I'll have to go through them all and pick some more out. For $10-$12 a pop, you can't go wrong!
The last picture was of an orchid I saw as soon as I walked into Chapman's. I really liked it but figured he wouldn't sell that one. Luckily, I found some more in the back (not in bloom, but blooming size) and he sold me one! It's Blc. Taiwan Queen 'Golden Monkey'. Funny name, but beautiful plant, and fragrant!
Nice pictures, Melanie. Thanks - and nice choice on the Golden Monkey, it's a beauty! When I went on a short Apopka trip with Jim last Feb. we only made it to 3 different greenhouses, but Chapman's was my favorite. They have such a good selection of different varieties.
Still . . . in Feb. not so many Catts were blooming, how to choose, it's like being in a candy store, isn't it!
My brother and two nieces are in town for the next two weeks and I know the girls want to hit the theme parks in Orlando one day. Maybe my brother and I will have to drop them at Universal, and go on an Apopka shop for the day . . .
Golden Money is a beautiful plant, ive always wanted one. wow alot of orchids! Nice pics Melanie.
Its native Cymbidium Maddium flowering time here. My nan has a plant in a hollow log and it has 4 spikes(i'll get a photo), i love cascading Cymbidiums.
It must be neally Oncidium flowering time also because i have one with 2 long spikes forming, my nan has a different one with 2 spikes and my friend has a different one with 2 also. Funny!
Mellie, there's no question about it. You had a great time! Thanks for thinking of us. Lovely pics. I have never seen the propagation side of orchids. I would guess they propagate by seed or tissue culture. Amazing.
Can't wait to see what the others were up to yesterday.
Droop, slobber, whatever. My mouth is watering. I need that suction tube the dentist uses.
I intend to bring my orchids inside to winter - I have a corner where I have placed mirrors and have it lit all day. I also ensure there is a bowl of water to provide humidity. My Phal mix is rather coarse and it does contain bark chunks and perlite. During the summer (warm months) I position my orchids around the pond. I don't overwater. Is the fertilizer with a high middle number (50-55) good to induce blooming? Thank you for any and all info. And yes, I have a parrot--5 to be exact. lol
I use to have a dwarft amazon parrot (green) who spoke about 20-25 words. The best was when I got on the telephone, he would YELL "MAMA" the whole while. They do require lots of attention. Now I have a party poodle that is black and white with lots of character.
Ok, it's time to show everyone what I bought yesterday.
1. Dtps. Yu Pin Lady (this was for my Mom)
2. Blc. Mem. Ray Hashach x Miya's Gold
3. no name dendrobium that Mom broke the flowers off of (sigh) What will I do with her, LOL?
4. Blc. Goldenzelle 'Frank Smith' x Pot Marion Smith 'Krull-Smith'
5. Blc Annie Belle x Blc Delta King 'Tangerglow'
1. Pot Table Rock Mountain 'Banery' x Blc Arabesque 'Golden Zebra' (Dad liked this one)
2. no ID cattleya (really big flower on this one)
3. another no ID cattleya (this was the first orchid I spotted)
4. I also bought Paph. spicerianum. Mine's not in bloom but here is a sample plant they had.
Of course, I also got the two vandas, the 'Golden Monkey' I already showed off, and Mr. Chapman nicely gave us all pieces of Den. keithii (Jean, that's the name you were looking for). And Laurel nicely gave me a new baby cattleya I'm going to try hard not to kill. All in all, a successful outing!
You got some real beauties, Melanie! Talk about a picture worth a thousand words, here are a thousand ooo's and ahhh's. I love that dark red one above, and the yellows esp. the last one in your last post. Oh, and the peachy, floofy Catt that was the first one you spotted.
I spent all my orchid money for this month on baby clothes . . . definitely must not miss the next Apopka trip!
I do feel the need to venture towards a few Vandas, as my summer blooms were pretty few and far between this year. How about we tentatively think about another Apopka adventure in maybe March, when the weather's warming up again?
I have trips scheduled this winter and don't want to start my Vanda collection when I'm not going to be home to take care of them.
Which other growers did you all visit besides Chapman's? Dang it, I missed lunch at The Catfish Place, too!
We arrived in Atlanta a short while ago and finished unpacking the car. Got to run an errand before five but want to say we did miss you, Elaine. We love the Catfish Place and always order the fingerlings. Nice relaxed atmosphere. As you cna see, Melanie had the flaming shoes this time. Jim was pretty darn tame (for Jim) and Jean was the epitome of good taste and self control. Her Catesetum will be beautiful in bloom.
Dang it about that spike Mom broke, Melanie. Just remember all the years she was wondering what she was going to do about you though. My kids keep saying at the first signe of trouble from me they are shoving me into "the home".
Elaine, we went to Krull Smith and First. There are plenty of growers in the area but (1) I collect mostly species, (2) have a friendship with Charlie Chapman and (3) we have to be on the road by late afternoon. Jim goes earlier and I think he's been to one or two others but most of the places are wholesale and the others are yard sale. I'm not much interested in unnamed orchids (though I sometimes stumble on a species orchid where I'm pretty sure about the species but don't know the genus) and have no space for large floofy ones.
A lot going on here and I see some questions that I need to address. First of all, it was a fun day in Apopka as it always seems to be. I will caution you not to go on weekends as most of the growers are closed or off at shows.
It is cold in Tampa tonight with temps going down into the low 50s. I closed the windows on the OC where the temp is 65 right now.
First up I will show you what I bought on the Apopka trip:
1. Enc. cordigera 'Chocolate Violets' x Epi. atronecium 'Mother's Day' . From Chapman's, a nice blooming size plant.
2. Tetratonia 'Dark Prince' this nice plant is in bloom and was a gift from Laurel. (Broughtonia sanguinea X Tetramiera canaliculata)
Now for the fertilizer question. No, Peg, I have never tried foliage pro 9-3-6. I use Better-Gro 20-14-13, half a tsp per gallon every day. I will substitute their Better-Bloom 11-35-15 once a week or so. I also add Dyna-Gro Pro-Tekt 0-0-5 as a root hormone once a week. I also add a drop of Super-Thrive every day. I am not saying this is correct for everyone because we all have different conditions. It also depends on the orchid, ie' Catasetums are going to sleep now for the winter and I will not water or fertilize them until I see signs of new growth in the spring.
Bree, I love that green slipper. Very nice!
Melanie, you did very good for your first buying frenzy. You may have to invest in a good pair of buying shoes. :>) Very nice 'Pink Pearl'.
Laurel, I'm glad you made it home safely. Keep us posted on your next trip to Miami.
Elaine, you win the prize with your baby picture. Just beautiful, congratulations!
Parottma (Marsha), thanks for posting your orchid care questions. I like seeing posts from beginners who take an interest in orchids and know there are others here who feel the same. Would you please make orchid care questions a separate thread so we can sort it out of the monthly photos, off topic conversation and bragging rights topics? That would make it easier for us advice givers to focus on your situation.
After sorting through the thread for your posts I have questions; like why are your orchids not in your new greenhouse? I don't think I understand the lights and mirrors and water for your orchids. Orchids need sun in varying degrees or need to be grown under plant lights. Most need a high relative humidity. I think you understood that when you put out the bowl of water. However, a bowl of water will not raise the ambient humidity. The orchids would need to be in terracotta pots, and on pebble trays with water that would wick into the terracotta, to make a difference in the humidity.
Fertilizer is really not very important to orchids. Especially Cattleyas and Phalaenopsis, neither of which ar heave feeders. They normally live by the seat of their pants or, more literally, hanging by their roots. Proper light, watering and humidity is most important.
Jim, I got almost nothing. Was disappointed in the lack of species and primary crosses available this time around. I was gifted nice cuttings of a Coelogyne ovalis http://www.orchidspecies.com/coelovalis.htm from Charlie and found a pot with several, not even rooted, cuttings of Bulbo. purpurescens http://www.orchidspecies.com/bulbpurpurescens.htm. at Krull Smith on the table of death. I also found a Coelogyne cumingii http://www.orchidspecies.com/coelcummingii.htm on same table. Jim Krull threw in a pathetic Amesiellia philippinesis with my meager purchase when I asked him how much he would pay me to take it away. lol It's a sad 2" inch plant with a 1/2" keiki. He says he needs more species but has fewer each trip.
To explain the reason for collecting these... they are more unusual botanical orchids acquired by growers at shows from overseas growers who don't want to pay to ship them home. They are usually cheap, sometimes run down but not otherwise available. I love species orchids from certain parts of the world like the Philippines and parts of Asia as well as the Americas. It's like hunting for odd shoe sizes.
All you guys seemed to have done real well. Great pix and buys.
Rhynchovola David Sander is just so interesting with the fringe, Jim.
Bree, love the Paph. Bo-Ying Chow. I think I finally found an area my Paphs like outside. They have never looked so healthy. Of course with the cold coming I'm thinking they need to be indoors. It can get to the low 40's with out a problem.
Speaking of weather it was nice and cool here for a change. Today and the next couple of days will be 65ish for highs and mid-high forties at night. AND RAIN!! They say only a 40% chance, but it has been raining steadily most of he day. Not the deluge you guys had, but enough so I will not be watering.
Yes, very nice, Jean. Where would you say that ranks on the floof scale, Jim? BTW, Jean, I'd get rid of the bark in the cork mix. The cork will last mch longer than the bark so your orchid will be sitting in good cork and rotten bark.
Hope to take a photo or two later today. Had both heaters running last night. It was in the low thirties here. We still have a lot of leaves on the trees. They are blocking a good deal of sun from the greenhut.
I'm going to spend some time potting and mounting today. Been running around all morning putting away travel gear.
Jim, it looks like Miltassia Golden Spider 'Copius'. I think they should be blooming right around now. David is looking terrific. I'm standing under my baby and telling it to grow for mama.
No time to take photos today and sunset is now at twenty of six. I must be off the computer at sundown. I promise to post a few on Sunday though. I finished mounting and potting both new and old orchids only a short while ago. This chore is usually taken care of a month ago. It's been weighing on me. Glad it's done. I finally ditched orchids that limped, but never recovered. from the freeze last year. Boo hoo.
Reserve judgement for a few days - I'm betting it's another Degarmoara, Jim. Look at the spots on those buds of the one Deg. They sure look a lot like the spots on the petals of the noID . Background color is very close and the leaves are similar, too!
But what do I know? Put them side by side, and wait until the Deg opens to see.
Each year at this time Selby Gardens gives out plants to its members as a 'thank you'. This year I got two interesting orchids, Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' and Trigonidium egertonianum, both good sized plants and very healthy. They had a couple of others, both Catts and the plants were much smaller. These look to be close to blooming size. I am thrilled!
Went to Lowe's in search of new clay pots for my gift orchids, and of course came home with three new rescues. First one still has a smallish flower about 2in. across, although it's a bit beat up. It has half a tag that says Parade 'Volcano Queen' broken off right in front of the word Parade. Any ideas?
Second one, no flower but the tag is whole Blc. Volcano Delicious 'Volcano Apricot'. Sounds like it might be a color I will love. Last one is a huge Phal with no tag, packed in sphag but with roots coming out the top everywhere, in a nice clay pot and looking very healthy. All were on the sale rack just because they're finished blooming. $3.75 each. I do love a bargain!
Some new photos as promised. This is the Sigmatostalyx radicans I photographed with only one flower open a few weeks back. This was a bare root from Steve Arthur's Orchids two years ago. He has a good selection of bare root species at our annual show. His plants are healthy and take off once mounted or planted.
Does this look familiar? It's Pelatantheria insectiferia. Jim posted it a few weeks ago. Apparently he was playing a little trick to see what I thought of it. I took the bait and posted that I liked it a lot. Well, Tricky Jim had purchased it as a gift for me and it is even prettier in person. Tiny flowers keep changing colors as they mature. Reminds me of another orchid Jim gave me which is up next.
This is the larger of two Acampe papillosa from Jim. It's the one I photographed for Bree in regard to plants growing in/on nothing. Jim and I usually meet up in November, so I have several Jim babies bloom around now. He actually gave me one but a piece came off. Both are starting to open with clusters of flowers down the length of the plant. The plant branches down the main stem making for good flowering from top to bottom unlike Vandas that turn into palm trees over time. I detect a faint frangipani fragrance. The flowers orient themselves so the lips are facing center making some flowers supinate, some semi-supinate and some resuopinate.
Thank you Melanie. Yes, those Gastrochilus flowers are happy looking ones. I got the plant three or four years ago at Fuchs. It was so crusted with salts from their well water I could not wash, scrape, or brush the crust off. It's taken years for to wear off.
I like the funny little Acampe's and those tiny little Sigmatostalix. Nothing prettier than a miniature perfect little orchid.
I had the same crusting problem on the leaves of some of the older orchids I got at the local orphanage before they closed. You're so right, nothing takes off that crusting, but time and lots of rainwater. When I'm away most of my orchids get watered by the automatic irrigation using well water and it is every bit as hard as theirs was, so I'm showering everybody thoroughly with rainwater - so far so good.
Was re-potting my new Lc. Star Parade 'Volcano Queen' that Jim id'd for me, and found out it is fragrant! One little scruffy flower and boy! does it have perfume. A lucky rescue, I'm thinking.
Oo, I love that color! Your camera catches that rich red much better than mine.
My Chia Lin has had at least 3 sheaths abort on me in the last couple of months, but I do have one now, looks like it might make it. The plant was in bloom when I got it last January. Maybe it was waiting for cooler temperatures?
She is the Queen for sure, Jim! Those colors work for me.
Thank you, Elaine. I have learned that miniatures are a lot more challenging to photograph thus the periods where I don't post pics. I mean, by the time I drag out a tripod, set up some extra lights, attach the shutter release to the camera and whirr all the buttons and dials the plant may, at best, be out of bloom or even have croaked. lol Ted posts minis too. I guess he can relate.
Well I sure needed to see all these wonderful photo's, looks like you guys had a great time in Apopka
My Debit card got skimmed and I spent the better part of Friday and Saturday trying to get the carnage under control. Bank has already put the funds back in my account tho. But what a scary sickening feeling.
Elaine, BC Little Lulu you picked up for me last spring is blooming...just love her.
and the Miltassia you guys id'd for me just keeps on going, and has a wonderful light scent. Still waiting on B. nodosa Jimny Cricket.
I guess B. nodosa David Sander is going to have to go on my wish list.
Wow, Mj your Little Lulu's are lovely. Mine have never been quite that pink. They are suffused pink when they first come out, then fade to ivory as the flowers age.
I experimented with four of the Little Lulu's I got last spring. They are taking hold on a big branch of my favorite oak tree, and have shown a couple of sheaths but never quite made it to blooming yet. Here's hoping! A squirrel ate all the leaves off one of the plants up there, and I thought it was a goner, but it has come back and put out new leaves, too.
Pictures later, I am on the help desk this afternoon, and just got back from the beach so got to change into dry clothes and get presentable.
I got a 1st ribbon on the Gatrochilus and a 3rd on the Acampe posted above last night. Was up before daylight to do a food redistribution pick up, been to the dentist, Costco, and the Farmer's Market. I'm beat. We are starting the countdown for our D.C. trip. Will go to the cottage tomorrow for an overnight, check on things there, then race back to Atlanta to pack and prepare. I'll be enjoying your pictures for a while.
In all fairness, Jim, I can't show them until they are at least three months old and being species they bloom once a year and...you always give me 'chids in bud or bloom. Soooo, I have had them a year or close to it. Sometimes two or more years. I like to think of us as a winning team. Keep up the good work! :)
Paul Storm, from Meke Aloha Orchids, was the speaker. http://www.mekealohaorchids.com/ He is a Schomburgkia/Myrmecophila/Laelia hybridizer and gave a great talk called "Schombo Love". He brought tons of beautiful plants for very reasonable prices, many in bloom. He seems to think everyone needs a lot of these but I don't have the real estate for these space hogs.
I know we're supposed to be showing off blooms, but I hope I can show a couple of blooms-to-be. I got really excited in the shade house today when I saw that two of my vandas are putting out spikes. Depending on the weather, they may end up blooming in the garage, LOL! The first one is Bangor Blue Sky which I'm pretty sure I bought from Chapman's. It's been a while (a year or so) so it's about time for it to bloom again. The other one is V. coerulea x coerulea which surprised me because I think I bought that one this past spring. In fact, I'm pretty sure because I remember I saw it online and wanted one and I was happy to find it. I guess the vandas are happy where they are right now. Well, except for the ones the skunk vine is trying to grow up. I hate that stuff!
Tonight I'm taking in one of my no ID cattleyas from First Orchids to my orchid meeting. I'll let them have fun trying to guess at it. This will be my first time showing a plant at the meeting. Mom is taking in her white Phal for show and tell. She's a first-timer, too.
I cleaned up at the orchid meeting tonight. Mom and I got five raffle plants all together.
Den. Baby Pink
B. Green Star (we each got one of these, what does the B stand for, Brassalova?)
Onc. Tsiku Marguerite
Den. anosmum x superbum
My no ID cat from Apopka was believed to be 'Marcia Foster' or something close to it. Come to think of it, I've seen that plant before and it does kind of look like it. I was so nervous bringing in an orchid for the first time but several people drooled on it so then I felt better. Mom brought in her white Phal and it got some love, too.
Congratulations Melanie! and mum. Can we see another pic of the noid cat? Marcia Foster is very nice.
Do you have a photo of the leaves of your new green star? Could it be Den. burana 'green star'? Or is it defenatly a Brassavola?
Melanie, B. should mean Brassavola but I know of no Brassavola Green Star. Looking at the plant, it could be a number of things but if I had to guess, I'd say it was an Epidendrum. Ursula and Laurel are pretty good at this, maybe they will drop by.
I just went out to the OC and saw lots of Oncidium alliance orchids in bloom. We have been talking about them so this seems appropriate.
Here is Degarmoara Flying High and Miltassia Golden Spider 'Copius'
And finally, Miltassia Charles M. Fitch. I just noticed the software changes the order of the pictures when you hit send. Therefore, in my last post, Peggy Ruth is the middle two photos. The rest of them you should be able to figure out.
I was going to mount that Den. keithii we got from Mr. Chapman so I'll try mounting the brassavolas at the same time. Today is all about college football, LOL! Still love that Goldenzelle; any of its hybrids are just so pretty.
I just got a nice surprise. Dad was out trimming up some of the bushes when he noticed one of the orchids on the fence was blooming. I thought they were all "Mailman" orchids, but he said, "No, this one is pretty." Which made me laugh because aren't the other ones pretty, too? But he said, "This one is lighter." So I went outside during halftime (of course) and sure enough, I had this lavender bloom. The tag was covered in roots and dirt and hard to read but I managed to make out the word "skye" and another word beginning with "N" and ending in "D". After some google searching, I found out this is Cattleya Isle of Skye "Nereid". I'll have to make a new tag for it. Too bad it just missed the orchid meeting, darnit. But at least I can enjoy it. Oh, and it smells like cinnamon!
Very nice Melanie, and cool when they sneak up on you. The back ground of your sky looks like you've been getting much nicer weather than us. Been cloudy/gloomy here all week, today just a few peaks of sunshine. I haven't had the fan on in the greenhouse at all, just opened the door, windows, and some days not even the windows.
Jim, lovely Bc. Maikai 'Louise', I have a Bl Morning Glory x Bc Makai that made sheaths that went south, I was very disappointed, was so looking forward to that one.
I've got a boat load of Hoya's trying to bloom if only we'd get some SUN !! This is the Sunshine state, right ??
Jim, being that we are a regional judging center, and that a number of judges as well as judges in training belong to our society, I can shoot out quick questions. But please don't be burying me in special requests because sometimes it takes weeks to get responses on my own mysteries. Melanie's orchid def. looked Brassavola. I asked about the cross. You're killing me with that giant David Sander.
Melanie, my Den. keithii is already mounted. I've mounted this orchid before and my experience has been that the more mature growth usually dies off. I've got two other specimens currently. It needs to be watered daily but then dry. Make sure the bloom side is against the mount. That is the way it grows in nature. What you should eventually see are the blooms from leads that extend off the mount. Love your Catt.
Melaine that Cattleya Isle of Skye "Nereid"is beautiful. and i love Goldenzelle Jim.
All i got new is a big NOID Oncidium with 2 huge spikes just starting to open buds..post more pics when all open. This plant i got in a trade and it had never flowered for me until i moved it.
A few photos before we are off on our Thanksgiving adventures starting with Bulbophyllum Lovely Elizabeth starting to open. I got this as a small division and believe it came from Lovely Elizabeth 'Marble Branch' AM/CCM/AOS because it was a donation to our annual auction several years ago. Mark and Gary, owners of Marble Branch Farms Orchids, are members of our society. Need to ask. And BTW, they have wonderful orchids and I recommend them highly.
Brassavola cordata (also known as subulifolia) has smaller, but generally more profuse flowers than B. nodosa. I'll look at last year's pics but think two spikes is new for this one. It came as a bare root baby four years ago and is mounted on a cedar roofing shingle.
LOL...Ted, masdevallia ibanez - behar speckles, now that's a mouthful. I like how you have it mounted. Very nice.
Well Florida has been anything BUT the Sunshine state lately. I had to put a CFL growlight on one of my Hoya's that's got a boat load of walnut sized buds on it out in the greenhouse to encourage a little quicker appearance. And ended up leaving the heat on low in the greenhouse all day. A very rare occurrence to have to run the heat during the day.
And B. nodosa Jiminy Cricket finally is open. First time for me and I really like it.
I'll have to move all the Orchids (and most other potted plants) indoors before tomorrow afternoon. So today I'll be cleaning up all the plant stands.
Should have planned the work on the sun porch to start earlier in the year.
Have quite a few shoots full of buds.
In the grocery store yesterday they were putting out both blue & purple (dyed) Phals. I'm surprised they didn't have red & green ones.
Tommy, very nice colors on that slipper. Good growing.
MJ, Pretty Jiminy Cricket. I've seen Jiminy spelled ten different ways but it is always a treat.
Ted, nice masdevallia. I have one or two but no blooms for a while now.
It's almost time to leave for the airport. We are spending Thanksgiving with Patty's sister and family. Kids, dogs, in-laws freezing temps, all good reminders as to why I'm giving thanks. Have a wonderful but safe holiday, everyone.
A long time ago we used to color cut flowers by putting food coloring in the water. It would travel and show on the white petals. Like I said, long time ago and I couldn't tell you what kind of flowers they were.
That's got to be the brightest color I've seen on an orchid, Tommy. Gorgeous!
Found another little Spathoglottis just starting to bloom in the front yard. I really need to group these so that they will bloom at the same time each year! I got this on my shopping trip with Jim last Feb and nicknamed it "opal" because the flowers have at least 4 colors on them as they mature, pink, white, yellow and purple.
A better shot of Bc.'Little Stars' and my yellow NoID brassavola with 3 spikes coming - will divide it up after it finishes blooming and re-mount it properly this time! The flowers open with rosy petals like the color of the buds, and a white lip, then they morph to yellow lip and orange petals. This is the third set of blooms for this plant since I got it a year ago in October. Such a winner.
The photos are all great. I feel badly for not commenting on each and every one but I sincerely love the photos being posted these days. Such a nice assortment and such nice plants from so varied growing conditions. Really, there is something for everyone.
Tommy, it's nice to see you posting your beautiful orchids here again. Guess you are busy knitting orchid sweaters for winter in Poughkeepsie.
Carol, I have no Isochilus in my collection but once saw one with red flowers that I dearly wanted. Yours is beautifully bloomed. Is this one from Andy's?
Carol, I really like it. I don't remember seeing it at your place. Is it outside on the north side where the Gerberara is ( Yes, I have had the privilege of seeing live and in person the mother of all those plants from here to Florida. lol) ? I have seen orange, but not red like yours.