I purchased this Rossioglossom (Schlieperianum x williamsianum) from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate on my visit to their open house on July 8, 2016. It initially came with a two spikes in bud, but the flowers from these spikes did not open fully — they seemed to be stuck. (Note: When purchasing this plant, I noticed two others that also seemed to have “stuck” buds.) I decided to wait a year and see what happened.
I repotted this plant into a bark mix, and it grew two new pseudobulbs, each of which formed a spike. One spike has six buds, and the other seven, with two of the buds open now, and open fully. When all flowers are open, this will be one beautiful plant.
I purchased this Burrageara Sunkissed ‘Butter Cup’ from eBay vendor Kawamoto Orchids in March 2016. It is a medium-sized plant, and I purchased it because I like the color. I have planted it into a bark mix, and placed it on the middle shelf of the west side of the solarium. It produced a single one-foot spike this year, with fourteen blooms, four of which are still in bud.
My Stanhopea Embreel is in bloom — and very fragrant. I purchased this plant from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate on July 8th. It formed the spike about a month ago, and has been steadily growing. The flowers opened over a 10 minute span yesterday morning.
I purchased this Wilsonara (Don Bivin ‘Challenger’ x Bouley Bay ‘Galaxy’) from the Tiny Jungle at their open house on Saturday, May 20, 2017. It is a very large plant with 10+ pseudobulbs and two 4′ inflorences that are just beginning to bloom. I really liked the color of the flowers, as it is a muted yellow rather than a fully saturated yellow.
The plant will have to be divided, as it is growing out of the pot. But I will wait for it to go out of bloom first.
I purchased this Stelis Pilosa from the Tiny Jungle at their open house on Saturday, May 20, 2017. It is a small mounted plant that is currently in bloom. It is a species orchid native to Costa Rica and Panama, and grows at altitudes from 900 to 1800 meters. It is a warm grower that needs full shade. It is currently mounted on a wood slab with a mound of sphagnum moss, and has two inflorences in bloom.
I’ll keep it in the shady part of the solarium for now.
I acquired this Odontoglossum Roy Wittwer x Splendidum from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017. This is one of the seedlings that Bob gave me, and it should be an interesting plant. Odontoglossum Roy Wittwer is a maroon and white patterned flower, while Odontoglossum Splendidum is a largely-white flower with purple markings. I believe Bob stated that Splendidum is a very good parent, taking the colors of its mate. Thus this should be a maroon and white patterned flower.
I’ll have to wait until next spring to see…
I acquired this Symphyglossum sangulnea x Odontoglossum Excellens from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017. This is one of the seedlings that Bob gave me, and it should be an interesting plant. Symphyglossum sangulnea is a small to medium sized, cold to warm growing, epiphytic species from Ecuador and northwestern Peru that grows in wet forests at altitudes of 1200 to 2500 meters. It blooms in the late fall/early spring with an inflorence that can be as much as 4′ long. Odontoglossum Excellens is a star shaped Odont with a yellow background and maroon markings on the petals and sepals.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this cross.
Pictures of the two parents are shown below: