Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A time for orchids

We have had this Paphiopedilum callosum lady slipper orchid for several years now and it blooms reliably at this time of year. Only one flower per year but the beauty and sculptural quality of the bloom is more than enough. The hood is horizontal when it first opens and very slowly starts to tilt up revealing the inner parts so the flower changes form during it's long life of about 2 months. It's difficult to read the label but I think it reads (Holden 1 x A :--i wll) x Shadow Magic. -- indicates missing letters.


Blogger Sandy said...

What a lovely orchid. Thanks for stopping by my blog and all the nice comments. It's always appreciated!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

The comments were all well deserved. Now to get my photography skills up to your level.

Thanks for the comment. The paphs are my favorite kind of orchid...trouble is you want to collect them all but thank goodness the price is prohibitively expensive.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ooooh... gorgeous photos, Ki!!! I love the lighting in the first picture...

4:45 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

What a beautiful flower, and blooming at just the time of year when it can be appreciated!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

As with most of my photos luck plays an important role. I ran the orchid outdoor on the deck in the early morning. Didn't realize I had the flash on so it acted as backfill which intensified the interior colors. Left highlights on the lower vessel part tho. which I don't care for. The other photo was just using natural light, just to show some of the flower's amazing detail. Love those tiny hairs.

Growing orchids can be a pain but you are rewarded by having flowers during the winter blahs so definitely worth the effort imo. Just like your amaryllis but they last a whole lot longer. We have yet to force our amaryllis after having them in the yard all summer.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous MrBrownThumb said...

That first pic is fantastic. I wish I was better at keeping Orchids healthy and happy. Nice work.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Orchid are not the easiest plants to keep. We have a small portable greenhouse indoors to help keep the humidity high, otherwise very difficult with central forced air heating. The paphs have very interesting forms and colors but usually also very expensive. We often go to Smith & Hawken and drool over their selections and there are definitely much better ones out there, sigh. Thanks for your comment.

5:31 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

the pictures are nice..love to have them in my house..though they are expensive..really..but you might want to check out my Tacoma Florist, they may have a nice deal for you. ^^

10:18 PM  

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