Finally got around to uploading more orchid pictures here. Willie might like the Tuberolabium. It’s another one of those crystalline white miniature vandaceous species that smells like iris, only more intense. While I do have a few hybrids, my collection is mostly species. Some folks find them more challenging; I find them more interesting.
New post over on The Orchid Place. It’s Brassavola perrinii, a nifty orchid that only pimps out its scent at night. It’s small, white, and something Willie might like. He seems to be my only reader who has a degree in botany. I think my Reine des Violettes OGR (circa 1840) is a Bourbon, but I’m not sure.
The task of moving half my orchids outside this time of year, and trying to find the perfect spots for them, is a bit of a chore. The good news is that the deer leave them alone, and find tastier grub elsewhere. I suppose it’s time to mix up a batch of stinky deer deterrent stuff to spray on my roses and other deer fodder.
I finally updated my Orchids 2010 gallery. It’s three pages worth of reasonably decent thumbnails, any one of which can be clicked on, to see its full sized image.
Most of you don’t give a flying batwing, because that’s not why you visit The Rusty Nail, but that’s okay. I don’t care.
I found another orchid blooming this morning when I went to water the ones I keep in a fish tank. Sneaky little bugger it is.
More orchid pictures here. It’s Cishweinfia pusilla, one of only four species in the genus native to Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador.
No, not really. It’s Scaphosepalum anchoriferum, another one of my miniature species orchids. The bloom is about 1/2″ tall, on a plant that’s only about 8″ tall, including its pot. It’s the kind of freaky looking thing that Karen might like. Reminds me of a langolier, with a really long tongue instead of sawblade teeth. Gotta love the dual fuzzy pompadours. It likes it cool, shady, and wet.
Today’s orchid pictures are of one cattleya intergeneric hybrid (a Stellamizutaara), and three species. The flowers on the species only last two or three days, but flowers in general don’t seem to last as long in the dog days of summer as they do at other times of year.
We have Stlma. Kelly ‘Lea’, Eurychone rothschildiana, Stelis bidentata, and Stanhopea panamense. The Stanhopea smells like vanilla coke; it’s a yellow flower as opposed to the white flower from the oculata I showed in an earlier post, and it’s in an 8″ basket vs. the 12″ one for the oculata. The Stellamizutaara really is that vivid, with its bright fuchsia lip, but doesn’t smell like anything. The green/white Eurychone isn’t that pretty, but it’s interesting, and I like the crystalline white petals. It’s a miniature, in a 2″ square pot. Finally, the Stelis has flowers that aren’t much bigger than a pinhead, and I don’t have the camera skills to capture them properly.
All gallery pictures are clickable to see them in regular size (well, whatever WordPress scales the original images to). Scroll over each to see what plant it is. As a side note, I rather like the way WordPress handles picture galleries now; it used to suck beans, but this latest version is pretty good, IMHO.
Haven’t posted any of this in a long time. I’ve got others on the way, but these two are blooming right now. Stanhopea oculata is a species that has approximately 3″ wide blooms that only last a few days, but smell intensely of vanilla. I bought it last year from Oak Hill Gardens. The other one is a floofy hybrid cattleya (Laeliocattleytonia), Lcnta. Happy Face ‘H&R’. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of hybrids, but this one smells fantastic. Most of my orchids don’t smell like much of anything, so it’s sort of nice, even if it is floofy.
Pics after the cut.
I’ve added four pictures of Stanhopea panamense to my Orchids 2009 gallery. If you like flower porn, you can find them here. They’re the last four thumbnails; click on any of the thumbnails to see them in full size.
This puppy smells similar to Stanhopea oculata (i.e. vanilla coca-cola), but more intense, and a little bit more floral. The flowers really don’t last long, so I’m glad I was able to snap pictures while they were at their best.
Kitty pictures will be posted soon, but not on my orchid site . . .