Thursday, November 08, 2007

Orchid now fully open - Paph. Supersuk "Eureka" AM/AOS x Paph. Raisin Pie "Hsinying" x Sib

This Pahphiopedilum orchid has a better pedigree than most people. :)

I had a difficult time trying to photograph this orchid. Taking the plant outdoors and shooting against some dark green foliage with a slanting morning light may yeild a better result.

Back of the hood. The hood reminds me of a cobra's. I believe the hood will eventually rise, giving the flower a more open look. At least that's what happened to a similar looking although differently named Paph. when it bloomed last year.

and... the tiny but wonderfully colored Phalaenopsis 'Earth Star' Patent Pending. This wonderful little orchid blooms almost year round.


Blogger Carol said...

That's a beautiful orchid. With its stripes and spots, it kind of reminds me of how Phyllis Diller dresses.

The other orchid intrigues me, too, especially if it is almost always blooming. That's what I need. I wait too long between blooms on my orchids!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

7:43 PM  
Blogger Kylee said...

Ooooooooooh! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!


8:52 PM  
Blogger Carolyn gail said...

Gorgeous, Ki. I'm thinking of adding some to my indoor garden this year. I'll probably need your advice.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Now I'll always remember the orchid as the Phyllis Diller orchid, Carol :) Plants break the fashion rules but still manage to look great.

The flowers of the smaller Phalaenopsis (moth orchid) last an incredibly long time. We have several plants and I can't remember when none were flowering. It's a tough orchid too so it's easy to care for. Highly recommended. Thanks for the comment.


Hi Kylee,
Isn't it amazing how perfect a flower can be! Hope yours will bloom this year.

4:02 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Carolyn Gail,
Thanks, I have limited experience with orchids but will be happy to share what I know about them so ask away. I would immediately suggest you start with the easiest orchid to care for so you don't get frustrated, which is the Phalaenopsis or moth orchid. The only thing I don't like about orchids are their cost. It doesn't feel good losing a $50 orchid. ;(

4:08 AM  
Blogger Vanillalotus said...

Beautiful orchids they look happy and healthy. I wish I could take care of orchids and not kill them.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

I know what you mean about trying to get pictures of this type of Orchid. It requires a tricky depth of field. You did very well. I like the color on the second Orchid.

My Beni-Kawa is peaking right now. What a riot of color! There will probably be no leaves left on it when I go in on Monday.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Vanillalotus,
The Phalaenopsis are fairly easy to grow and that's a good one to start with. Orchids are nice to have because the blooming season is just starting when all the outdoor plants are done. Thanks for the comment.

I just took a look at my Beni kawa today and it's starting to brown at the edges. Now that we've had a hard freeze many of the trees are dropping their leaves almost all at once. If I remember correctly the Japanese maples are pretty good about keeping their leaves so I hope the Beni kawa show keeps on keeping on.

Orchids are definitely difficult to photograph well. I will try to take some pictures outdoors if this cold spell will moderate somewhat. Don't want to shock the orchid too much! Will post more pics if I'm successful. The color of the 'Earth Star' is quite unique for a Phalaenopsis and so is it's tiny size which is about 1 1/2 inches at its largest dimension. Orange with purple, only an orchid could pull that off!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

That's a lovely and sexy looking orchid. As a child, my mother and aunts usd to go crazy over lady slipper orchids, so this reminds me of then.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Nicole.
Glad the photos brought back memories of your mother and aunts admiring the orchid. They are not prolific bloomers but I can see why your family would go bonkers over the flower. Thanks for the comment.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Layanee said...

I love that orchid! All of them are great! I have a Phal budding up as we speak. They are gratifying with their long season of bloom!

5:06 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Layanee,
Wonderful to hear your orchid is budding. Hope to see photos as soon as the flowers open. Isn't it wonderful that orchids bloom so long. I swear some of the Phalaenopsis last for 3 months or more. Thanks for stopping by.

6:08 PM  
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7:03 AM  

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