Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ctsm Bella Vista's Sangria X Ctsm denticulatum 'SVO'

Ctsm Bella Vista's Sangria X Ctsm denticulatum 'SVO' at Fred Clarke's greenhouse.  It's always a lot of fun seeing what's in bloom at Fred's.

Anna's Hummingbird Waiting for a Berth at the Feeder

Male Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna, waiting for a berth at the feeder.  It's been a dry, dry year (i.e., no food in the sage scrub/wild) and the hummingbirds are at the feeder in record numbers.  I just put up a second feeder to handle some of overflow.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna.  These lovely little birds are amazing acrobats, flying every which way at amazing speeds.  This one is darting backwards in reaction to the sound of my camera shutter opening.  They apparently have good hearing as well...

Cattleya Chloe X C Mrs Mahler 'Mem Fred Tompkins'

Cattleya Chloe X C Mrs Mahler 'Mem Fred Tompkins' is a cross I bought way back in the 80's.  It blooms on tall spikes with large heads of flowers (perhaps 8-10 flowers or so) with raspberry veining and raspberry spots.  Quite the charmer if you have the space.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Cattleya bicolor variety alba

Cattleya bicolor variety alba.  This is an albino variety of this familiar, normally red-lipped, Brazilian species, and, wow, what a beauty!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lc Issy 'SVO' HCC AOS x C Mrs Mahler 'Mem Fred Thompkins' AM AOS


Lc Issy 'SVO' HCC AOS x C Mrs Mahler 'Mem Fred Thompkins' AM AOS, a wonderfully glossy cross with waxy flowers borne on a sturdy, upright inflorescence.

Stanhopea embreei 'Ruth Marie Christian'

Stanhopea embreei 'Ruth Marie Christian'.  This clone has larger flowers than most embreei cultivars.  This species is native to Ecuador and Peru.

Stanhopea florida

Stanhopea florida is from Ecuador, Columbia and Peru on the Eastern slope of the Andes.  This one is the yellow form.  There is also a white form.

Cattleya violacea 'SVO Splash'

Cattleya violacea 'SVO Splash'.  These lovely little orchids need a decided rest from watering over the Winter, need water only roughly every three weeks during Winter.  This one is growing at Sunset Valley Orchids.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cattleya bicolor

Cattleya bicolor grows wild in Brazilian central plateau.  There are multiple color varieties throughout its range.  This is a nice, clear green one.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Two Contrails are Better than One!

Two Contrails in the Setting Sun above San Diego, California, looking eerily like missile contrails... Every now and then we have those weird orange sunsets where you just have to reach for the camera. Probably due a fire or two somewhere nearby. These two contrails looked suspiciously like those I saw in the missile interceptor tests a few years back. I wondered, for just a little bit, if that was the last thing I would ever see...but no, they were just jet contrails, as far as I can tell.

Stanhopea wardii

Stanhopea wardii. These flowers were open for about two days and still going strong. The plant is just going gangbusters for flowers. Nothing rare but a whole lot of fun and generally undemanding and with a wonderfully sweet fragrance.  These will grow outside, in a shady spot, in Southern California.

Epiphyllum hookeri

Epiphyllum hookeri. These are normally night blooming but this one was still open and fresh when the morning sun came up! White flowers tend to be night bloomers, being white to be visible in dim light to night pollinators like moths and bats.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Myrmecophila exaltata 'Arnilicious'

Myrmecophila exaltata 'Arnilicious'.  Blue-lavender is the most common color form for this species.  This brownish-orange form is quite rare.  The branching flower spikes are around four feet long.

Cattleya loddigesii

Cattleya loddigesii.  These fairly tall orchids tend to be good growers with firm, fragrant lavender flowers.

Cattleya leopoldii (tigrina)

Cattleya leopoldii (tigrina).  These come in a variety of colors including brown with red blotches, red, cream colored and even green!  This is one of the cleaner brown colored ones.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cattleya Mrs Mahler 'Fred Tomkins' AM/AOS

First bloom on Cattleya Mrs Mahler 'Fred Tomkins' AM/AOS. This is a hybrid of C. bicolor x C. guttata. An oldie, blooming for the first time for me on a small meristem. This was awarded way back in 1977. You would think someone would have remade this wonderful cross by now! Of course, the plants get kind of large...but, if you have space for a four foot tall plant, it's a beauty!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blooming in the Orchid Greenhouse...

 Brassavola cebolleta


Cattleya bicolor variety grossii

Stanhopea stevensonii

Stanhopea stevensonii is native to Columbia where is grows in cool, montane habitats.  In cutivation, the flowers burrow out from the bottom of the baskets they grow in, and develop these beautiful, pendant flower spikes.

Epidendrum conopseum

Epidendrum conopseum, also known as Epidendrum magnoliae, is the most Northern growing epiphytic orchid in the Americas.  This is possible because of the warm ocean currents that flow up the Eastern seaboard of the United States.

Stanhopea deltoidea

Stanhopea deltoidea, a native of Peru and Bolivia, where is grows at around 4000-5500 feet.  This is blooming in the greenhouse.

Cattleya schofieldiana

Cattleya schofieldiana, a native of the coastal hills of Brazil, has tall, graceful pseudobulbs, each producing a few, large, gaudy flowers.  This one is blooming in the greenhouse.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Slc Teiko Nicholson x Cattleya aclandiae

Slc Teiko Nicholson x Cattleya aclandiae (blooming in the kitchen).  You can see the C. Chocolate drop influence in the sheen and the color and, if you look good, you'll see tiny red peppering (and of course the lip) from aclandiae.  The color combo really jumps out.  In addition, the Rojo influence gave it a good, strong, upright stem and nice flower arrangement.  Quite fragrant too!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014