For those of you who have no idea what Diane's talking about...
My grandmother was a bio professor and naturalist, and at the time of her death 21 years ago, she had a greenhouse with over 500 orchids. While she was dying, I was staying at her house and taught myself orchid care, practicing on her plants. Had she seen my dividing experiments she would have passed on more quickly, I'm sure!
Anyway, my older sister Lisa got some of her plants. (I had no room at the time.) Back in '98 Lisa bred and flowered a yellow cattleya and registered the cross, naming it after my grandmother: Blc. Memoria Gladys Young. Lisa lost her house and all her possessions/plants in Katrina, and I was looking to find any existing Gladys Young plants. But with no luck. Hoa suggested we remake the cross.
He owns one of the partents: Blc. Campobello, but we've been looking high and low for the other parent: Blc. Daybreak. Hoa and Diane checked at the Santa Barbara show, I've been calling nurseries all over the place, Hoa checked with the original breaders of Daybreak. And there just don't seem to be any Daybreaks around. I actually found two breeders who've recently crossed Daybreak, but one is in Germany and the other's in Japan.
Well, with Diane's persistence following up on a lead of Hoa's, we found one and it will be delivered to Dr. Hoa who will perform the orchid sex! Lisa originally used Campobello for the seed pod, but thought the reverse cross might be more attractive. Hoa wants to try it both ways.
The plan is that Aaron will be our forum flasker (unless Hoa is a full service pimp...er, a...breeder.)
Anyway, it's good to have a forum project! Seedlings for everyone! And thanks Diane and