Phalaenopsis ‘Tinny Golden Sun’

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I’m not usually attracted to yellow orchid sprays… but this one is an exception because it’s a Phalaenopsis hybrid. Two people (who are plant enthusiasts) that I know say that the blooms are cool to the eyes.
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They call it Phal. Tinny Golden Sun. This is the outcome of Phal (Golden Amboin x Yukimai). The flowers are 8.5 cm H and 8.5 cm W with pale butter yellow color… [sometimes, there’s a greenish tinge depending on the angle of the light].


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.


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.