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.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunset Valley Orchids.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
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. 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. 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
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Cattleya (Black Jack x Mark Jones) 'Royal Basin Speckles' AM/AOS, 81 pts.
Catasetum Alexa 'Arnie' AM, 81 pts.
Paphiopedilum Catherine Briois 'Seagraves' AM/AOS, 83 pts.
Monday, August 04, 2014
A few shots from a day trip to the LA County Museum of Art:
A guy who decided that the lamp posts in front of the museum were supposed to be an interactive exhibit.
Ancient Abyssinian wall carving of a bird-headed demon that is supposed to purify passing people and the surroundings.
An ivory dragon netsuke. These were used to secure personal storage boxes (the equivalent of small bags).
A skull rack from a tribe of head hunters in New Guinea. A grizzly reminder of a more violent past.