Thursday, June 03, 2010

In Bloom in the Wayward Garden

Cattleya warneri variety semi-alba in bloom and decorating the kitchen. The orchids are starting to bloom as they come out of their Winter torpor. Overall, a fun time of year. The nicest thing about Cattleyas is their wonderful perfume-like fragrances. Too bad they seldom carry these in the supermarket. However, if you must have one, most decent growers and nurseries have at least a few for sale.


compost in my shoe said...

And does this grow quickly? While the aroma must be fantastic, the flower is totally beautiful!

The Wayward Hawaiian said...

Typically, you get one or two growths per year on a mid-sized plant. This one bloomed with four huge flowers on the lead growth. Unless you're really into orchids (orch-a-holic!), I'd start off with a full grown plant. They are seasonal so if buy one that is in bloom (and unforced...) every month, you can keep yourself in orchid flowers year round. This does not hold true for the Phalaenopsis you see in the grocery store which all naturally bloom in the Spring (but are forced to bloom out of season for the grocery store).