Orchids

Phalaenopsis ‘Brother Lancer’

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It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Moth Orchids. Every time my long-time plant dealer Sopronia drops by with a basket of orchids, I tend to purchase one or two. If I hadn’t killed most of my Phals in 4 decades, I would have hundreds in my collection. The temperature in my garden is not very friendly to Phalaenopsis; that is why raising these beauties remain a challenge for me.

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Anyway when I saw Phal. ‘Brother Lancer’ last October 26, 2014, I was thrilled. This hybrid has blooms of pale yellow color with Fuchsia (red/purple) Polka-dots. Each petal  mirrors the lip (my daughter says it looks like a Lycaste). Each flower measures 7.5cm  W x 7.5 cm H. The whole plant is 45 centimeters tall.

2014-10-26 16.04.13Presently, I’m still studying my new plant’s eccentricities. I place this among the ferns where it gets morning sunlight and has partial to full shade. It hangs four feet above the ground. I really hope this one would adapt well in my garden.

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Vanda Rothschildiana

To those who are feeling blue, here’s a pretty orchid to brighten up your day… – Mama Nene

Mama Nene's Garden

In gardens, beauty is a by-product.  The main business is sex and death.

– Sam Llewelyn

These indigo flowers come from the Vanda Rothschildiana,  a hybrid orchid between of the Blue Orchid (Vanda coerulea) and the Euanthe sanderiana. I’ve enjoyed looking at the 5 inches wide flat flowers bloom for at least 4 weeks.

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Wordless Wednesday: Dendrobium spray

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Colmanara Wildcat ‘Bar Toon’

The flower is the poetry of reproduction.
It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
~Jean Giraudoux

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Animal prints in petals

Every confident lady has a wild side and it usually reflects on her fashion essentials or accessories such as blouses, dresses, belts, bags, shoes, blouses, etc. In my case, I also included plants with animal prints on my list. Presently, I have 6 varieties of Colmanara Wildcat orchids; I’ve featured the first one last year, the Colmanara Wildcat ‘Yellow Butterfly’.  This second one (see the photos above) is the Colmanara Wildcat ‘Green Valley’.

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Aerides Lawrenciae var sandersiana

scented beauties attract lots of attention from stingless honeybees
spray of 15 subtle and sweet scented flowers
up close and personal

Note: Aerides lawrenciae var sandersiana is endemic here in Mindanao, Philippines. This species is on The IUCN Red List of Threathened species since 2007.

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Dendrobium nobile (purple)

this flower opened its fragrant petals early this morning

My grandson thought that this orchid is a “he” because its scented purple flowers  seem to have beards. In reply, I told him that it’s a distinctive look of Dendrobium nobile orchids… These showy orchid flowers could last up to 8 weeks or more (12 weeks maximum) depending on the care they’re given. (To prolong its blooms in my tropical garden, I have to transfer the plant to a safer location away from rain, direct sunlight and snails…)

P.S. – For nearly three months now, I was unable to post photos and stories due to some login issues. I told my daughter about it and she contacted Support the other day; they promptly replied and told her what to do. So, let me say thank you to Happiness Engineers of the WordPress Support Team for the help… More Power! 🙂