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This is a discussion on Vandas (etc) for an exhibition...Part1 or 4 within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; 12 images follow on this and the next two posts -( 4 parts is an ...
12 images follow on this and the next two posts -( 4 parts is an error - it is actually 3 ) ... here's the back story....
My Society is putting on a display at Wisley Garden on Saturday ( Wisley is the RHS show garden - south west of London). I'm not too sure of the details, maybe it is the Orchid Soc of Great Britain Spring Show - I am not currently a member of either the RHS or the OSGB - I resigned from a lot of Societies a couple of years ago, where my membership was simply a drain on my finances with no actual return - but that's another story.
However I am asked to provide plants for our display. Happy to do this. So today I sorted out the big stuff...three Renanthera and 7 Vandas , and since the weather was fine for once ( we are having a very wet spell, just now) I put them outside and took a few snaps, which I can now share with you.
The first Ascda is Bangkhuntien Gold x Chiangmai Gold ; doing well this year with maybe 18 buds and flowers - not all out yet, and taking the plant out of the greenhouse for a few days for a show, may stop it dead in its tracks, so the top buds may not develop.Vanda flowers do go on growing and increasing in size after they first open, but only as long as the plant is in its proper environment ;.
The lovely lavender - Ascda Geo Beck Bee is producing the best ever flower count for me, so far, on any Ascda ; I can count 25 buds and flowers ; it has done that before, but on two spikes, one on the main plant, and one on a keiki ( since removed, and sold off) but 25 in a single spike is what it now has.
The other "Yellow" is an Ascda Orglade Gold cross , the other parent being Fuch's Gold x Bangkhuntien Gold. A more normal spike of 15 or so buds and flowers.
Finally Ren citrina ; I have shown this same spike recently in its own thread, before this many flowers were out. Somewhere near its best now.
Last edited by Dorsetman; 04-24-2012 at 11:24 PM.
The big dark blue Vanda with three spikes and about 25 flowers all open is Pachera's Delight 'Midnight Magic' which I have also shown recently in its own thread. Very difficult to photograph - deserved better than the quick snap in the sun, on the greenhouse steps, but I have so much else to do...( another story)... Two pics of Ren storei - still perhaps a couple of weeks away from its best , but good enough to be worth showing as part of the group, I think. More flowers here than I have had before, too - maybe I shall let this grow bigger and bigger without taking a top cutting to see just how good it can get.
Finally here, Gordon Dillon 'Pink' with a couple of average spikes. This one usually double spiukes for me, but without very high flower count. A nice clear pink , not overly large, but excellent shape.
Last edited by Dorsetman; 04-24-2012 at 11:27 PM.
The lighter blue Vanda is an oldish cross - Wirat . I had a flask , and at one time there were half a dozen Wirats in my collection so I gave them individual clone names - this one is Blue Eyes. The darker blue is another of my Pachera Delight's - which I call Tessie ( meaning the most tesselated of all the Pachera's I have. ) Unfortunately Tessie has a couple of deformed flowers this time - never happened before, and its quite unusual in my Vandas . I shall watch to see what happens next time...
The Renanthera is a first flowering for me - and I see that two spikes are developing. The cross is storei x imschootiana. Quite small flowers, and not many out yet ; just about worth putting into the group , in the background, I think.
Geoff, my favorite is I had to choose with the vanda types would be "The other Yellow". All the Renantheras are fabulous. And the dark Pachera is a GREAT color as I said before. All very nice, though.
It will be a great display, please post some pics of the whole display once staged.
Oh, my! What a wonderful display. They are certainly lucky to have you share your treasures, as are we.
I am taking my husband on a trip next month up to Chicago for an event in his family, and have been really looking forward to seeing the Botanical Gardens there with their orchid displays. Due to his health and related restrictions, if I have to cut something out of the trip, it will probably be the orchid visit, but at least I can pull out the computer and look over these posts and feel almost like I'm there.
Thank you, Geoff, for sharing so many wonders with us.
They're all gorgeous!!! Love the light in these photos!
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what a beautiful your pics.....thanhks...
What a collection in bloom. They are all lovely, thanks for sharing.
My Fav is the "Midnight Magic". Enjoy the Show for all of us,and tell us about it when you get back.