Though we haven't been blogging for a while, we have been very busy growing orchids. We had some awesome orchid experiences on our honeymoon in Hawaii and Cheyenne came home with 20 new plants (many thanks to our friends and family who contributed to this cause). Lately, he's been volunteering with Longwood's orchid collection and won a few awards at the show table during our monthly orchid society meetings. He was also awarded ribbons at this past February's annual NCOS Paph Forum in DC, and will be showing plants at the Maryland Orchid Society's show this weekend.
Enough about us... here's a look at what's been blooming:
Lady Isabel x Adductum Var Antium
With a nod to the film industry, we've nicknamed this orchid the "Black Swan."
One of the parents of this hybrid is a variety distinguished by very dark coloration to the point that the dorsal (the top triangular petal) is almost black. Strange in the orchid world, since most dorsals are usually decorated and colorful to attract pollinators.
We threw a party when this one bloomed.
This orchid is very rare in nature and only grows in one area of Borneo. Many often take a very long time to reach blooming size, sometimes even 8-12 years. The most unique feature of this plant is its petals, which can reach 3 feet and longer on mature plants.
Ours weren't quite that long, but not too bad for its first bloom. We were mostly surprised that it put out five blooms-- pretty rare for plants this young.
Gary Romagna(Paph. St. Swithin x Rothschildianum)
Awarded first place in the multifloral paph hybrid category. Awarded at SEPOS, February 2011.
Michael Koopowitz(phillippinense x sanderianum)
Kovachii x Dalessandroi
This is a hybrid of the recently discovered Phragmipedium Kovachii of Peru. This particular plant is from the first batch of Kovachii hybrids to flower in the United States. Kovachii can reach 9 inches in size-- huge for phrags, which usually average 3-4 inch blooms. Ours bloomed at 5.5 inches wide and was awarded at SEPOS' Show Table in December, 2010.
Cape Sunset (Phrag Eric Young x Phrag Schilimii)
A nice phrag with good sized flowers in white and pink. It's been in bloom for 3 months straight now and has had seventeen flowers sequentially. Awarded at SEPOS' Show Table in January, 2011.
One of our favorite phrag species. Besseae was discovered in the early 1980's and comes from Peru and Ecuador. It grows on very steep rocks with water constantly seeping down. Besseae is used as a parent in many hybrids for its vibrant red color.
This phrag earned Cheyenne a second place ribbon in the Phrag Species category at the DC Paph Forum and was awarded at SEPOS' Show Table in February 2011.
This species is from Papua New Guinea. It has small flowers that measure about 3cm. across; however, these small flowers can abound, with some mature plants having 50 flowers on a single inflorescence. This Polysema was award at SEPOS' Show Table in February, 2011.
Epicattleya Rene Marques
Stay tuned for upcoming posts on our successes in blooming Dendrobium Nobiles for the first time and the Maryland Orchid Society show...
Much to Cheyenne's delight, we have a glorious number of paphs and phrags in bloom in our greenhouse right now.
The first multi floral paph to bloom this year is the phillipenese x adductum var. anitum. It's still debated as to whether or not var. anitum is a separate species or sub species of adductum. The flower structure is very similar, the only difference being that anitum is larger and darker in color, sometimes almost black. Hence, it is sometimes referred to as a "black slipper," "vampire" or "Darth Vader" orchid. It's high on my wishlist, but to the best of our knowledge, it is still illegal in the US. An example is shown here:
And here are some pics of my recently bloomed phillipenese x adductum var. anitum, or Addicted Phillip...
At the Maryland Orchid Society Show this past March, I acquired some unique dendrobiums. The first is this atroviolaceum hybrid, whose parents are from the island of Papa New Guineau...
Also from Papa New Guineau is this polysema species...
Morgan added a new species to our collection with this Miltonia upcountry puna "Keanu Star" AM/AOS. Beautiful and very fragrant...
This additional Miltonia hybrid bloomed a couple of weeks after we purchased it at the SEPOS show at Longwood...
And before we get to the really good ones, our always faithful bloomer, this dendrobium phaleanopsis...
As well as this species phalaenopsis schilleriana, which, when mature, can have branching flower stems with up to 50 or more flowers...
And last but certainly not least, are my phragmipediums, acquired just this year from Woodstream Orchids in Calvert County, MD. The first is a Wossner Supergrande (warscewiczianum x longifolium 'Waunakee').
The second is this longifolium 'Woodstream' AM/AOS. Phragmipediums are in the same alliance as paphs, but are much easier to grow and love water. Some can even grow submerged under water along riverbanks for parts of the year.
Soon to come, a long anticipated roth or two, Lefty Kei, Kemp Tower (all paphs), a new phrag, oncidium, and miltassia.
...And had some pics taken for our upcoming wedding this September!
The orchid agenda for this summer includes a weekend stay in Neptune, NJ to attend Silva Orchid's first annual Shore Orchid Festival July 23rd-25th and, of course, a trip to Parkside in Ottsville. Not to mention, planning a few stops at orchid nurseries in Hilo during our Hawaiian honeymoon this fall.
Check out the new blooms on our Dendrobium "Green Lantern" (left). Any resemblance to the classic comic book hero of the same name (right)?
This hybrid cross of Dawn Maree x cruentum is a semi-compact plant made from Thai and Vietnamese species and, unlike other dendrobiums, doesn't require a dry winter rest, hence its blooming at this time. A real beauty in our collection of dendrobiums, this Green Lantern should put out at least four more blooms on the same cane this time around. A few more pics...