Hi SherryJ! I just started with my first orchids in 2000. Frank (he's around here somewhere!)is really into orchids and has LOTS of them even some of the fragrant ones. What are my favorites? That's a tough one. I really can't choose...they're all so beautiful. What company do you order your orchids from?
I like to order from Oak Hill Gardens which is near Chicago. I think they have really reasonable prices, and they have a great selection of species! I got an order from them last week, and should be getting another order this Wednesday.
I also like Tropic 1 Orchids in Florida for Catts and Phals. They offer semi-small (2" pot) catt seedlings for $6.00, and it's no trouble to grow them to blooming size. I have an order in with them, but don't expect to get it for a couple of weeks.
If you need the URLs for these places let me know.
One of my favorite things to do is get a bunch of seedlings and get them to bloom for the first time. Buying an orchid that is already blooming is like knowing what is inside a Christmas present before you open it! :-D
Yes, I do have a few orchids. I love fragrant ones. Some of mine, that are fragrant, are oncidium "sharry baby"(smells like chocolate), brassiavola nodosa "lady of the night" (only nocturnally fragrant), zygopedululm 'mackii' ( I think I have photo of when this bloomed...is so, I will post it). I have a cattleya that is flowering right now, that is very fragrant when the green house warms up in the afternoon. I will try and grow just about anything. I have a dozen, or so , vandas, which are growing well, but I have trouble getting them to flower. I think we just don't get enough hours of sun to satisfy them. Maybe this year all of them will flower.
Jeepers, I should have just posted the URL's with the other post. :-/ Sorry!
Oak Hill Gardens is www.oakhillgardens.com
Tropic 1 is www.tropic1.com
Another place I order from is Elmore Orchids:
Frank, do you have any extra orchids you would like to trade? I just divided up and have extra of the following: Encylia prismatocarpum, Neofinitia falcata (one growth), and an award winning Broughtonia sanguinea.
The only thing I have blooming right now is a Phal. equestris, but I have a NOID mini dendrobium that will be blooming soon.
Sherry, I don't know if I have any to trade. I will take a look later.I have a friend who is a proffessional grower. Check out his place; http://www.orchidman.com. His name is Joe Palermo. He's a great guy and is also a AOS judge. Tell him I sent you. Pete, you should checkout his orchids as well. I love going into his greenhouses. I always wind up spending the whole day. Just tell him if he does not treat you well, I'll come down and harass him!! Come to think of it, I will harass him anyway...he likes it!!!