Well, BFF Island Girl gave me a spectacular birthday gift earlier this month, a gift certificate to my favorite nursery, Nu Turf. So I splurged on the BIG sizes of thyme and rosemary, augmented my parsley by two plants, and got some dill, oregano, and mint. And I was so inspired, I bought myself a birthday gift.
One of my favorite orchids is the Psychopsis papilio (cool name, too), which is very unsual. I bought it in bloom two years ago, and it has been in bloom ever since. It only ever has one bloom on the very end of its bloom spike, and after the flower drops, it pushes a new bud through the same bud end, so one should never cut the bloom spike off this plant, until the entire spike dies. It is an extremely slow growing orchid, and in the two years I’ve had it, it has only produced one new pseudo-bulb (new plant growth), but that, too, has pushed a spike, and this picture is the first bloom on the new spike (you can see the “old” spike to the left of the bloom). I hope to be able to catch it when both spikes are in bloom, although the new spike is about six inches shorter than the older one (pushing a bud now).
Also in bloom is one of my Paphiopedilums, Paph. Hilo Jewel #4 x Paph fairrieanum ‘Green Horn’. I had hoped it would have a double bloom this year, alas not. This is the picture from last year, as my camera is having hiccups, and I must send it in to have the zoom and focus adjusted *sigh*. (Second Panasonic Lumix to crap out on me, I love it, but they seem to die after about 2 1/2 years).
Also blooming, now is my Cattleytonia “Why Not”, which I’ve had for at least 20 years, which was given to me by my old friend Dianne, who moved to Cali and whom I miss very much. I’ve divided this orchid countless times, and given away all of them, this plant makes a great gift. Alas, the picture I took earlier was out of focus, but I’ll try again in a bit and update this post. This Why Not is a bloomer, and grows like mad. A plant I would highly recommend for anyone who wants to start growing orchids, it’s a disease resistant, happy grower. A Cattleytonia is a cross between a Cattleya (the corsage orchid) and a Broughtonia, which looks like a tiny little Cattleya, but which has multiple red blooms on a spike. The plant is compact, maybe 8″ tall, as opposed to the regular Catts, which can be well over 2′ tall.
Happy Gardening this spring!
~ Blonde Gator