Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEpicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOne of the best things about being part of an orchid society is the special events. We have bus trips, open greenhouses, a Christmas party and a potting party. But my favorite is the BBQ.

The food and conversation is great, but the opportunities for adding to the collection are even greater. A couple of years ago I went a little crazy and put in a bid for every plant in the silent auction. Not a lot, just the minimum, usually a dollar. As a result, I got several of these plants for very little money. This plant is one of those and it is in bloom.

This plant is in bark in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are five canes and the plant stands thirteen inches above the pot. It needs to be re-potted and cleaned of the weeds, especially the oxalis. It is important to get every fragment of the roots of oxalis or it will come back.

Epicattleya Rene Marquez is Epidendron pseudepidendrum x (Cattleya intermedia x Cattleya loddigesii)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dendrobium parishii hybrid '#1'

Dendrobium parishii hybrid '#1'Dendrobium parishii hybrid '#1' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThere is no tag in this Sonoma collection orchid. It obviously has a lot of parishii in it. Anyway, it is in bloom now although it has been in Napa in a wet microclimate. It has grown pretty well in the two years it has been here.

Dendrobium parishii grows in Southeast Asia. It is cool to warm growing and fragrant. Blooms on old canes in the spring after a dry winter rest period.

This plant is in bark in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are eight pseudobulbs and it stands sixteen inches above the pot.

I took the flower picture again and was able to get the color much closer. As time goes by, I have got better at the post-porcessing. While the kitchen "studio" is convenient, the light is very artificial and confuses my camera.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cattleya Johnette Bowers

Cattleya Johnette Bowers - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Johnette Bowers - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have only had this plant since last October when I got it from Steve Christoffersen. I trimmed and re-potted it so I was happy to see it bloom already. This is a Carter & Holmes cross registered in 1995. It is C Swan Lake 'Cimmeron Valley' AM/AOS (1964) x C Lucille Small 'Marshall' FCC/AOS (1960).

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a seven inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs with great roots and stands fourteen inches above the pot. It looks as if it is over-potted but there are a lot of roots in the sphagnum.

It is strongly fragrant but the flower is not openning up well. I am going to take it to Sonoma for the display window. It if it does open better I will re-take the flower picture.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Laelia purpurata 'Schristeriana'

We had some days in December where the night time low was in the twenties and the high in the upper 40s. I have been wintering some plants outside for the first time and these Laelias suffered cold damage. The hardest hit were the Laelia purpurata.

Laelia purpurata 'Schristeriana' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia purpurata grows in Brazil and needs a dry winter rest. It is fragrant, cool to hot growing and needs bright light. It can bloom any time from late spring into fall.

At the time of the cold nights the plants were quite dry. They had not been watered for at least a month but had had some dew, so the sphagnum surface was not rock hard. There was immediate blackening of the leaves. I moved the five plants to Sonoma where they could be inside the greenhouse. This is the only one of the five that looks now like it is not just damaged but is dead.

Next winter I will try again. I will have electricity so I can have a string of lights and some plastic around the plants to raise the temperature a bit.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Colmanara Wildcat

Colmanara Wildcat - Flower photo by Richard LindbergColmanara Wildcat - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI just got this plant. It is very healthy and in bloom but it has no tag. Normally I would not venture a guess as to the name except to note the general genus. E.g., Cattleya or Oncidium. In this case I am going to write a tag with 'Colmanara Wildcat' to go with it. I don't think that is going too far.

This plant is in a 4 1/2-inch plastic pot in bark. There are a four pseudobulbs and the plant stands fourteen inches above the pot.

There are more and more Wildcat variations available. It used to be there was 'Bobcat', and 'Leopard'. Then came 'Ocelot' and the list kept on growing from there with non-cat names such as 'Green Valley'. To me, everything about the flower says that it is a Colm Wildcat.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pacific Orchid Exposition

The Pacific Orchid Exposition starts today! I ran into blog reader Miki there yesterday. She was on one of the judging teams so we had lunch together before the work started. My team was novice and intermediate Cymbidiums. As you can immagine, there was LOTS of walking back and forth locating the plants in their displays.

By the time we were done judging a lot of the vendors were set up and ready to sell. The vendor who had me drooling was OOI LENG SUN ORCHIDS from Malaysia. They had a booth full of small mounts, any of which would have been a great addition to my collection.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Coelogyne flaccida

This is a corrected re-post from the other day. I failed to check the flower against OrchidSpecies.com, something that is on my checklist when I take an orchid flower picture. I had the plant labeled as Coelogyne mayeriana. One of my readers noticed and pointed it out. Thanks Anonymous!

Coelogyne flaccida - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnother Coelogyne in bloom right now is one one of the Coelogyne flaccida divisions. This started out as a dried-out single backbulb in August of 2008 and it has just now bloomed for the first time. That's what I mean by trading time for money.

Coelogyne flaccida - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne flaccida grows from northern India through south China in mountain forests in the 3000 to 6000 foot range. It is cold to cool growing and is fragrant. The genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.

This plant is in rock in a 3-inch plastic pot. There are four pseudobulbs and stands six inches above the pot.

This is the fourth year. That is fine for a single backbulb division that I got free. It shows a typical pattern where the first new growth is smaller than the original pseudobulb. After that each one gets larger. I am going to re-pot and the 2012 pseudobulb will be bigger yet.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Coelogyne Intermedia

Coelogyne Intermedia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne Intermedia - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI bought this plant at the member sale table at San Francisco. I immediately divided it into three plants. The other two pieces were sold or traded.

This started as a 2-backbulb division and has just bloomed. It is a hybrid, the cross between Coelogyne cristata and Coelogyne tomentosa.

This plant in in rock in a 3-inch plastic pot. There are six pseudobulbs and stands seven inches above the pot.