Wilsonara Pacific Command ‘Huina Road’ is in bloom.

Wilsonara051217.JPGWilsonara Pacific Command ‘Huina Road’ is one of my oldest orchids.  I purchased it from a Safeway approximately three years ago and took it to our mountain cabin.  It stayed there for about six months, and then I placed it in our orchid room, planted in semi-hydro.  There it languished for several years, never flowering.  I divided it once, keeping the good pseudobulbs, and it grew better bulbs, but it still did not flower.  Three months ago, I repotted this into a bark mix, placed it on the floor near the windows in the solarium, and gave it the “last chance” speech.

It spiked almost immediately, and is now in flower with a tall spike with over 20 flowers.

Go figure!

(I should note that this is a “no tag” orchid, and the name of the plant is mine after searching the net for some time.  It is the closest match I could find.)

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Encyclia (Summer Perfume x Adenocaule v. Kennedy) is in bloom

Encyclia051217.JPGI purchased this Encyclia (Summer Perfume x Adenocaule v. Kennedy) at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate in my visit to their open house on July 8th, 2016.  I planted this into a net pot, with a bark mix surrounded by sphagnum moss to contain the plant.  I envisioned that it would need to dry out quickly, and that this mix would do the trick.  It is hanging in my solarium close to the Hydrofogger, and thus gets the humidity generated by the fogger directly.

The plant has been very happy in this environment, and is now in bloom with a single spike and several purple flowers.  It has two new growths, and roots growing out of the net pot in many places.

A good plant.

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Odontioda (Jim Mintsiveris x Shelley ‘S.D.’

Shelley051217.JPGI acquired this Odontioda (Jim Mintsiveris x Shelley ‘S.D.’ from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2015.  This is one of the seedlings that Bob gave me. It is growing in a bark/lava-rock mix, and looks like it could use a new mix.

Odontioda Jim Mintsiveris has one of the maroon-over-white flowers that I like so well, and Odontioda Shelley, seems to impart a pattern to the flowers.  I am very interested to see what the flowers will look like.

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Odontoglossum Mt. Diablo x Nicky Strauss

Strauss051217.JPGI acquired this Odontoglossum Mt. Diablo x Nicky Strauss from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2015.  It is a division taken from a much larger plant, and has three pseudobulbs and one new growth.  It appears to be a healthy plant.

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Cochlioda Sanguinea

IMG_4187.JPGI acquired this Cochlioda Sanguinea from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2015.  It is one of six known Central American species of cochlioda, and blooms bubblegum pink with 3/4-inch blooms on delicate pendant sprays.  It is a high-altitude species and should be grown in a cool environment.

The plant is in spike.

This will be a difficult plant to flower in my environment, but a challenge…

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Odontioda Bradshawe

Bradshawe051217.JPGI acquired this Odontioda Bradshawe from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2015.  It has an unusual orange-over-white color, on a two-foot spike with fourteen flowers, eight still in bud.  It has three pseudobulbs, and is the front division of a much larger plant.  I took it home “bare root”, and planted it into my bark mix.

I am happy to have this one.  It is the second “orange” that I was given by Bob, and this color really fits into my collection.

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Phragmipedium Don Wimber is in bloom

Winber051217.JPGI purchased this Phragmipedium Don Wimber from Paph Paradise at the Gold Country Orchids open house on Saturday, November 19th.  It was in bloom when I purchased it, and bloomed three additional times over the past few months — being a sequential bloomer.  It had completed it blooms, I thought, and I was getting ready to repot it into a new bark mix, when I discovered another bud.  This one is now in bloom.

It is a smaller flower that the first few, and without the vibrant red color.  But still beautiful.  I cannot tell if there is another bud behind this one.

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