Ah, I’ve been looking forward to this week, I have some great “saffron” images to share of more blooms from the Grand Valley Orchid Society 2015 Show. The Cymbidium is my favorite, a plant I would love to have but Cyms are SO big most of the time. You can bet if I find a pretty mini Cym it will be mine!! Mwah-ha-ha-ha!!
This plant above (and below) is Cymbidium Shifting Sands ‘Yellow Birds’. It was an award winning plant in the Ann Arbor Orchid Society’s exhibit. I really fell in love with these flowers. Cymbidiums like REALLY HIGH light, another reason they aren’t the best candidate for me, at least that’s what I’ve been told though the care instructions at Carter & Holmes don’t exactly say this. Cymbidiums can tolerate some hot summer days but need relief in the form of cool nights. I’ve also heard that they can tolerate temperatures as low as 30 for short periods of time, in fact they – like many other orchids – need evening temperature drops in order to grow a spike. Once they are in spike though it’s not a good idea to keep them out in the cold. That said some say they’re not the best houseplants and may be best kept outside, of course you can keep them inside though. 😉
The following orchid is Wilsonara (Wils.) Tiger Brew ‘Pacific Holiday’ and is an intergeneric Oncidium hybrid. As I’ve mentioned before I have quite a few Oncidiums in my collection including a Wilsonara, mine is Pacific Passage ‘Peach Cobbler’. I managed to re-bloom mine this winter, the blooms lasted a couple of weeks or so. The flowers on the spike weren’t nearly as bright or big as they were the first time. Also it started growing two spikes but then only one of them fully developed; I do believe it was a result of my lack of watering, the plant decided it didn’t have the energy to grow both. Doh! Sorry buddy. This lets you know that Wilsonara likes to be watered regularly, best not to let it dry out between waterings. Also in my experience they should be given bright indirect light, never direct afternoon, I burnt one of mine’s leaves this way, which by the way mine is a couple feet tall, still not nearly as tall as most Cymbidiums.
Oncidiums are a fabulously varied alliance. They come in all shapes, size, colors, and fragrances. There’s one rather famous orchid, Oncidium Sharry Baby, that is said to smell like chocolate. While it does have a delicious scent I’m not sure chocolate is the most accurate description, but it sure is yummy. 🙂 I have a hybrid of this called Oncidium Heaven Scent ‘Redolence’. You may have also seen in a previous post my Tolumnia Buck Hollow x Sibling. That is a miniature Oncidium, currently in bud again. In the future I’ll have plenty more Oncidiums to share with you. My Miltonia shown in One Word Photo Challenge – Marsala is a member of the Oncidium alliance.
Next up is an intergeneric Cattleya hybrid, Otaara (Otr.) Hidden Gold. This is the first time I’ve heard of Otaara. Otaara is an intergeneric (this means it’s made up of multiple genera). Brassavola, Broughtonia, Cattleya, Laelia, and Sophronitis are its parent genera. For more on Cattleyas see my previous posts including Lc. Mini Symphony ‘Elfin Blue’ & Blc. Booth Lee Venice.
Next up is another Cattleya hybrid, this being a Lc. or Laeliocattleya a genus you might recall from One Word Photo Challenge: Strawberry. This is Lc. Cosmo-Horeps.
Finally I have an unknown Cattleya hybrid, which by the way is unknown here only because I didn’t snap a pic of the name tag on this one. Obviously you can’t see the whole flower here, I liked the effect of filling the entire ‘frame’ with the grouped flowers, their color and texture.
Until next time cheers & stay warm & safe!! 😀