This year, I exercised restraint, and only bought three orchids: two from Andy Phillips of Andy’s Orchids, and one from Ecuagenera. I prefer species. The floofy hybrids don’t rock my socks. I have been buying orchids from both vendors for at least a couple of decades. Neither one has ever sold me a bum plant.
I had to buy the Scaphosepalum ursinum, well, because of the its name, and it’s a Scaph, so it’s semi-idiotproof, as long as I keep it soggy, and not let it get too much direct sun. It was a nice beefy plant, which still has a couple of blooms on it; that’s normal, because Scaphs bloom sequentially.
We were supposed to pay a $10/head entrance fee, but nobody was there to charge us for it. So, we kept going. Whatever.