Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Traveling Sarracenia

I was going through some old photos to dump off my phone to make some space and got a little nostalgic. One consistent thing throughout moving around so much has been my Sarracenia. Many of my plants have moved from apartment to apartment covering well over 1000 miles in a car and managed to be just as flexible and accommodating to change as my family has been. Sarracenia has been the one genus I have had zero losses from despite every move, changes in temperature and sunlight levels, occasional neglect, and being boxed up a few times. They have become my favorite plants to grow because they are so remarkably tolerant. Besides watering, there's not much I even do for them now. Here, I can leave them outside in the same spot all year. No more mulching, rubbermaids, refrigerators, or any of the other methods I used over the years to try and protect them while giving them a proper dormancy.

Back in NY on my cement stoop. This is the earliest picture I took of my first Sarracenia purpurea ssp. venosa. I can't even remember how many years this plant has lived with me, maybe 8 years now? It wasn't even mature enough to bloom in this picture and I had already had it for a few years before I even took a single picture of it.

S. purpurea ssp. venosa & typical VFT

Dragged that Sarracenia & VFT down to Florida, where the temperate carnivore collection expanded to what fit in a window box and on the edge of the apartment's deck for the next 2 years.

The view from the last apartment, 2013 or 2014.

S. leucophylla 'Tarnok' flower, spring 2014.

S, flava var rubricorpora "Red Tube", spring 2014

This is the last move for a while. The Sarracenia and the rest of the temperate carnivores have it good now. They earned the sunniest spot in the yard, so this should be their best growing year ever. I've been confined to apartment growing (lack of space) for so long, that I have been expanding the collection a lot more since last fall. Right now, my set up is a display shelf that's been taken apart and being used as a stand. Looks terrible, so maybe I'll take a group shot when I can figure out something functional that'll also look nice for them.

It's also been spring here now for a few weeks, so there will be flower photos coming up here shortly!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pictures From: The Greater Orlando Orchid Society's Show & Sale. Part 2

Continuing on....Part 2. If you missed it and want to check it out, click for Part 1 of the GOOS Show & Sale pictures.

Trichopilia suavis


Psychopsis side shot
Dendrobium speciosum
D. speciosum flower close up
An alba color form Psychopsis
Some Paphiopedilum hybrids 
Tons of Oncidium intergenetic hybrids
So much Dendobium kingianum
Love me a gigantic Myrmecophila 
Vanda Kultana Gold x Ascda. Thai Spot

Beautiful NoID Cymbidium hybrid just opening up it's flowers
Lc. Log Cabin....So, uhhhh yeah? That's what you're naming this orchid? ok...

Epidendrum Rene Marques

Cattleya hybrid
Some more giant floofy Cattleya hybrids
Dendrobium Oriental Smile 'Butterfly'
Cattleya hybrid
Vanda Two Tone 'Paresian'
Phragmepedium hybrid
Phrag. Vampire Slayer
Art Shade Phalaenopsis hybrid. I do like these, they look so genetically messed up to me.
Rhynchostylis gigantea (Spots? Tag hard to read)
Rhynchostylis digbyana
Cymbidium Dame Catherine 'Spring Day' just opening
Paph. spicerianum

Rhynchostylis gigantea (white flower form)...You guys sick of these yet? Too bad, I'm not.
Rhynchostylis gigantea 'Beauty Paints'
Ascda. Princess Mikasa "Blue"
Dendrobium Green Flash
Lc. Mount Anderson "Pink Dust"
For those of you who liked this mini Phal from Part 1.... found a picture with the name in it! Might have to hunt this one down and buy it. I don't remember seeing any for sale at the show.

Phal. Mem. Liu Jin Chyuan '#3'
Phal. Mem. Liu Jin Chyuan '#3'

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I've got a lot of Orchid Shows in the area I plan on going to this year so if you love orchids or absolutely hate orchids and do or don't want to see more, comment below and let me know about it!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pictures From: The Greater Orlando Orchid Society Show & Sale! Part 1

I went to the Greater Orlando Orchid Society's Show & Sale today. For those of you in FL, it's going on through this Sunday, February 15th.

I usually have my husband take pictures when we go to orchid shows as he is a much better photographer than I. Unfortunately for you, he was unable to accompany me so you'll have to deal with my barely acceptable photography skills. I did think to take a photo of the identification tags when I could. If I messed up a name, or you have an ID for one I couldn't get, please comment below. I have too many pictures so I'll split them up. Here is Part 1 of 2, hope you enjoy the photos!

Dendrobium nobile hybrids
Angraecum Crestwood "Tomorrow Star"

Encyclia cordigera
Vanda denisoniana x merillii, this one did not want to photograph, At. All. Too shiny!
Vanda hybrid
Jumellea comorensis
Lc. Mini Purple 'Princess Road' x Enc. leucantha 'FISO'
Cattleya speciosissima var. lueddemanniana 'Stanley'
One vendor had a Vanda luzonica on display! I wish there were some, even seedlings for sale, but unfortunately this is a rarer one.

Vanda luzonica
Vanda luzonica flowers
Vanda luzonica flower, close up....can you tell I love this Vanda?

Spathoglottis hybrid. Sorry for no name, think this was a NoID guys.

Vanda Pimchai love with this one too
Cymbidium Gustav Mehlquist
Some Schomburgkias towered over it all. Ooops, I  mean Laelias, but the Laelias that used to be Schombs...
Tons of Phalaenopsis hybrids
Rhynchostylis gigantea Orange
Rhyn. gigantea Orange and Kultana

Rhychostylis Red
Angraecum Crestwood 'Tomorrow Star'
Dendrobium lindleyi
They had a few Esmeralda species for sale, don't see that everyday. As far as I know it's too hot to grow them here in FL, unless you have a specialty greenhouse and can cool them. Please correct me if I'm wrong as I want to go back and buy all Esmeralda species.

Yellow Cattleya hybrid
Lc. Siamese Doll. Been seeing a lot of these at shows, is it the hot new hybrid or what?
Phal Mem. Liu J....(can't read the rest of the tag) This Phal was a stunner though, beautiful lip
Cattleya loddigesii

Stay tuned for more orchid photos, Part 2 coming up next...