Been waiting all year for this one :)
Last year when this one bloomed, there was only one single flower, but it was SEVEN INCHES ACROSS. It was absolutely massive. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for these big huge floofy cattleyas, even though I don't have the room to grow the really big ones. This is the largest orchid I have, and it's bordering on getting too big. But you can't argue with 7-inch flowers.
There are two sheaths with 2 buds each. Getting pics of the flowers might end up being quite a challenge, as both sheaths are on the same side of the plant and face each other. We'll have to see how they grow, but I'm pretty sure decent pics will be out of the question. Oh well. And with 4 buds coming in, I doubt I'll see 7-inch flowers this time either. More flowers = smaller.
Nothing wrong with the color balance on your monitor, either. The leaves of new growths on this plant come in very very very red (flash made it a bit pink). The inside of the sheath was a pale yellow, while the outside was the same red color as the leaves. The only green here was on the developing buds :)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Here's Rob's Kitten Caboodle (or maybe it's Kaboodle, I have no idea). Got this one a year ago at the AV show, mostly for its variegated foliage. This one can't make up its mind if it wants to variegate or not, but right now it seems to be happy with light foliage. Flowers are a cute light blue/purple bell-shaped with slightly ruffled edges.
And finally, here's a bloom from number 2 of my original batch of discarded-leaf NoIDs. No idea why this one took so long to bloom. Of course, I can't make a definitive ID without a tag, but there's a good chance this one is Optimara Rita.
Another of my favorites. I waited quite a while to post this one, since the last time it set buds, they blasted before maturing. These buds are going very well, so I think we're safe this time.
This is a gorgeous, fragrant, multi-colored splash-petal catt. It has yellow, purple, and pink splashes and a big floofy lip. I bought this one sight-unseen from a nursery, and I'm glad I picked it up.
Digital cameras have such a hard time with the color red. This flower is no exception. Believe me when I say the true color is actually a darker, velvety red, rather than this pinkish photo. It wasn't a very good bloom this time around either, so I didn't bother setting up the "studio" and taking good pics with my SLR. The flowers (there was a second, but it has died already) were very cupped this time, possibly due to being so close together when opening. But still an amazing color. I love this flower :)
And here's the no-name pink Dendrobium. Not bad for a cheap sale-rack plant. It's happy and bloomy so I keep it around.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
This one just bloomed last winter, and has been a traditional winter bloomer for me. So I was kinda shocked to see it starting another spike this time of year. This is a cute little primary hybrid of philippinensis and schilleriana, and my particular plant throws really nice, super-flat flowers. When this one grows up in a few years, it will definitely be worth taking to a show or judging.