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.