Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What has been blossoming this spring/ summer



 My orchids seem to have adopted to the new country much more fluently than me.  Lots of blooming has happened. Also some of the more stubborn orchids have surprised me.
If you have missed the image flow in my Flickr here are some reminders.
 Angraecum elephantinum  was a nice and a bit unexpected surprise. It used to tease me with that frozen in time sign of a flower stalk. 
A plastic bag over it's head seems to have done the trick, and the big, highly fragrant flower unfolded. It emits strong fragrance only at night. 
The plant "is noteworthy for its long spur and its association with the naturalist Charles Darwin, who surmised that the flower was pollinated by a then undiscovered moth with a proboscis whose length was unprecedented at the time. His prediction had gone unverified until 21 years after his death, when the moth was discovered and his conjecture vindicated. The story of its postulated pollinator has come to be seen as one of the celebrated predictions of the theory of evolution." 
Another orchid to flower for the first time was the hybrid Bapticidium "Little dragon". It's a compact plant with faintly smelling flowers.
Dendrobium farmeri threw a show for the second time in it's existence in my home. I missed the first time, but I was around the second time to witness this shower of egg like flowers. And it opened exactly before the Easter!
Dendrobium parishii opened it's flowers the second time since it has arrived to my home. It smells of ..candies or bubble gum. Faintly though.
Epicattleya "El Hatillo" has been very stubborn back at home in Vilnius. But look what happened once we've moved to Estonia! It has a funny smell. I am not sure I like it.
Well Lepanthes calodictyon actually won't stop blossoming. It puts out these fruit fly like flowers one after another. Amazing miniature!
Leptotes bicolor blossomed together with the butter wart. 
It just wouldn't blossom. But once we moved, something improved at least a bit and it popped out this tiny flower. Maxillaria shunkeana has so tiny and almost black flowers it's easy to miss them all together!
A miltonia hybrid. The patterns are innumerable as well as the subtleties of the scent.
Psychopsis papilio has been blossoming for a year now. A second flower stalk has just emerged. I lost the count of the flowers it produces on the same flower stalk over and over. I've heard it may blossom for more than 7 years in a row.
And this fellow, streching it's antenae is a Psychopsis Mariposa "Twins". It is more compact than other psychopsis, but the flower is really spectacular and big. It behaves exactly like papilio above-two flower stalks and one flower after another. But this plant has a faint pleasant scent.

This is Vanda Gordon Dillon `Lea` x V.Robert Delight Black. It has blossomed twice since I got it this late spring. I think it works as an old lady-stalker magnet. I have heard some people stop by our windows to stare a bit. 
Huge flowers. The plant is quite big as well.


1 comment:

Toma Muz said...

Kokie nuostabūs žiedai!