It was such a beautiful day yesterday that we sat out on the patio in the late afternoon/early evening. I still have up my Christmas icicle lights (I leave them up all year)….as it makes the orchid house and patio very festive. As we were sitting there, Iguana Man pointed and said “what’s that?”.
Well, an orchid, of course, coming into bloom. This is the time of year when many of them “pop”…sorry for the pun. I’d sort of forgotten about this little beauty, but there it was, just coming into its own.
An “SLC” is a complex hybrid orchid, with a mixture of Sophronitis, Laelia, and Cattleya parents. This plant is considered to be one of the more compact cattleyas (unlike my Thanksgiving orchid, which is almost 3′ tall)….although it’s a bit bigger than some of the other compact cats. It’s not a big bloomer like the Cattleytonias….but I love the deep, rich red and waxy texture of the blooms. I’ll take another picture or two when the other two buds open.
Anyhoo…..Happy Valentine’s Day!
~ Blonde Gator
<edit> Bonus Picture….one of Blonde Mom’s favorites…a garden variety phal from Home Depot. Great stuff!