I was given this Odm. Quistrum ‘L.A.’ FCC+RHS by Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on August 30, 2017. I expected it to generate a new pseudobulb, but instead it formed a new spike with four buds, three of which are now in bloom. It is situated on the top shelf of the west wall of the solarium. It is a beautiful flower and really stands out.
I purchased this Odm. Parade ‘Goldilocks’ x Oda. Quennevals from Tom Perlite at Golden Gate Orchids on April 27th, 2015. It was in bloom when I purchased it, but dropped its flowers almost immediately. It has not bloomed for me since. I repotted it from S/H into a bark mix in January of 2016, and placed it on the center table of the solarium. About four months ago, I moved it to the lower shelf of the west wall of the solarium, and it showed a spike shortly thereafter. We had five buds on this stem, but unfortunately, I broke two of them off.
But the three remaining flowers are beautiful.
I purchased this Miltassia Shelob at the Sacramento Orchid Show in April of 2015, and it has bloomed repeatedly for me. This is the second blooming this year — three in 2016. It sits in the same place, in the southwest corner, lower shelf, of the orchid room. Five blooms this time.
I purchased this Dendrobium Thai Angel at the Gold Country Orchids open house on November 18, 2016, and now it is in bloom. It was not in bloom when I purchased it, but I liked the plant! Over the winter, it grew a huge keiki, about 2″ above the main stem. In the spring, I repotted it (from sphagnum moss) to my bark mix, broke off the keiki, and planted this along with the main plant. I placed it on the floor of the solarium, at the south window, and left it alone.
It now has four spikes, two from the keiki, with multiple buds, two of which are in bloom. It looks like it will bloom for quite a while.
Potinara Burana Beauty ‘Buenaflor’ is in bloom. I have no idea where I acquired this orchid or when. I cannot find it in any of my records. It must have been a gift (or something) in one of my prior purchases. It is sitting on the upper shelf in the orchid room, where it receives a lot of light, and I noticed a few weeks ago that it had formed a couple of buds. One of them is now open.
An interesting color combination. I don’t know if I would have purchased this color, but the red really stands out.
I purchased this Maclellanara Pagan Lovesong “Sheila” FCC/AOS from the Orchid Zone on eBay on September 12, 2016. It was quite inexpensive for a very large plant, and I couldn’t resist it. I placed it in my bark mix, and placed it on the floor in the solarium, near the south window. About a month ago, I noticed that it had a spike coming. This spike has grown to 5 1/2 feet in length, with 21 buds, six of which are now in flower.
Maclellanara, abbreviated Mclna. are intergeneric hybrids between the orchid genera Brassia, Odontoglossum and Oncidium. I currently have three of these in spike in the solarium, so I can assume that they are fall bloomers, and the light is just about right in this room.
I purchased this Dendrobium Hibiki from eBay vendor naomim320 on September 6, 2017. It was in bloom when it was delivered.
Dendrobium Hibiki is a paring of two Dendrobium species (bracteosum x laevifolium) and is a compact grower with flowers that can literally last for months. This should grow well in near-Cattleya light and intermediate temperatures. It evidently doesn’t need a winter’s rest.