The flower is the poetry of reproduction.
It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
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’.
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.
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.