This miniature Cattleya is a hybrid of Sc. Beaufort and Slc. Minipet. I've grown it from a very small seedling and this is the best it's bloomed. The flowers are well-shaped and have very good color. It is now, due to name changes, simply Cattleya Minibeau.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
This unusual miniature species is from Argentina and Brazil and is, if I am not mistaken, related to Cattleya. The flowers are a little over half a centimeter and the plant with its rosette of waxy leaves is four centimeters. The species name refers to the waxiness of the leaves. The edges of the leaves, the flower spikes and the outside of the flowers are all covered with hairs. It belong to a genus of eight to ten species that are all very tiny.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Saturday, March was spent at Skagit Valley Nursery working at the annual Mount Baker Society Orchid Show. Our society is quite small and the show accordingly small, with six displays and about an equal number of vendors. It is usually the only show I in which I put in a display and one of only a very few I attend, so it is especially enjoyable for me. The photos below show some of the displays including that put in by our society, a display which won the American Orchid Society's show trophy.
I put in my showcase, as I do every year, but instead of the mountain scene I've used the past few years, I put in something a little more formal. It included 35-40 plants and I won two American orchid Society awards, a Certificate of Botanical Recognition (CBR/AOS) for Dryadella pusiola 'Erin', awarded with around 200 flowers and a Certificate of Cultural Merit (CCM/AOS) for Effusiella cypripedioides 'Ashlynn' awarded with sixty flowers and buds as Stelis cypripedioides.
Dryadella pusiola 'Erin' CBR-CHM/AOS
Stelis cypripedioides 'Ashlynn' CCM/AOS
Photography is always a challenge at a show. The lighting is variable and sometimes poor, in this case not very strong, the backgrounds tend to be cluttered and in large displays the flowers are often beyond reach. I enjoy the challenge, however, and spent quite a bit of time at it, since this is likely the only show I will be able to attend. These are some of the better pictures I was able to get, the flowers identified wherever possible and divided into different types of orchids.
Dtps. Sin-yuan Golden Beauty 'Fairy Tale'
Phal. Fuller's Sunset
Phal. cornu-cervi alba
Phal. Ching Ann Diamond 'Mei Datstar'
Phal. Taida Firebird 'Jane'
Phal. Ho's Amy Christopher
Phal. equestris 'Seagrove's Gabriel
Phal. Luchia Fire 'Fu-Shing'
Phal. schilleriana 'Pink Butterfly'
Paph. Red Phantom x Jim Iverson and Paph. Sunbeam
Paph. Norito Hasegawa and Paph. Myra
Paph. Emerald Sea x primulinum
Dend. Nora Tokunaga
Brassolaeliocattleya Memoria Crispin Rosales
Sophrolaeliocattleya Mem. Alvin Begeman
Vuylstekeara Jerry Lawless 'Golden Gate'
Dendrochilum uncatum 'Stony Point'
Pleione formosana 'Aunt Trudy'
Fredclarkeara After Dark
Bletilla ochracea 'Chinese Butterfly'
Lycaste Absolutely Stunning 'Grantham's Glory