Colmanara Wildcat ‘Bar Toon’

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


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’.


Mottled Dancing-Ladies

This Dancing-Lady orchid variety yields beautiful flowers for the past 20 years in my garden.  It was just a burro-eared leaf and a small shoot back then when I got it as a barter plant from my plant buddies, either from Mrs. Vergara or Mrs. Tero in the 1990’s. It has been a delightful sight ever since this plant produced its first spray of yellow flowers with brown mottling.

Today, a spray of my Oncidium orchids starts blooming again and most of them were half-opened around 8 o’clock in the morning. Each flower is 3 cm wide in full bloom. The sepals and petals are heavily mottled with reddish-brown hue while the large yellow skirt-like lips have slight brown markings.

I have this variety for a long time but I must admit that up to now I’m still clueless of its name. However, I know that it requires morning sunlight so I put my Oncidiums in a shady area where the plants are safe from the heat of the midday sun.


Smells like chocolate


Watching the movie Kung-fu Panda 2 yesterday reminded me of my Oncidium Sharry Baby ‘Yellow-Panda’. Often referred to as Dancing Ladies, the flowers are garbed in red and white, (that is red with white lip and yellow tips.) Each blossoms doesn’t smell like a panda but emit a delicious sweet fragrance like chocolate.


In a festive mood

The lemon-yellow flowers of Oncidium altissimum  look ready to attend a fiesta. The yellow petals are ruffled on the edges, as is the lip. Also, brown markings appear on the petals, sepals and the enormous lip. Commonly known as Wydler’s Dancing Lady orchid, each blossoms are  about 2.5 cm across.