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Epidendrum ciliare

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    Default Epidendrum ciliare

    Flowers 12cm high (getting on for 5 inches). I love the colouring of this one – the sharp lime green and white with that fabulous fringed lip. However, when it was judged ( on the previous flowering) at my Orchid Soc. they marked it right down, and feeling a bit aggrieved I looked at the images in Orchidwiz . I then had to admit that completely flat flowers, without those crab-pincer like laterals, are not uncommon, and of course people have shown great big plants with lots of leads and multiple spikes ( wild collected ? ) making my single growth young plant , seed-raised, look a bit underwhelming. Mind you , a lot of the ones in Orchidwiz , some awarded, have much less inspiring colours, some yellow, some nearer the colour of a brown envelope . So I retreat to telling myself that all judging is artificial anyway. Why is a flat flower any better than a cup-shaped one ? Why is a flower with wide petals better than a starry one ? We don’t want all flowers to be bred to be saucers do we ? These are just an arbitrary set of standards , so there….
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I still think yours is excellent Geoff.

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    Maybe the judges glasses were fogged up...these flowers are lovely! Great job!

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    If it's any consoloation, mine would probably not have won either. It has totally straight petals, but they were all bent excessively backwards (look at the flower on the right). And of course I didn't have many flowers: when I received the plant it hardly had any roots. Need to nurse it into really good shape first.
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    @Dorsetman: you just caused a big dilemma for me. Had a look at OrchidWiz and now may have to buy it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars.Kurth View Post
    @Dorsetman: you just caused a big dilemma for me. Had a look at OrchidWiz and now may have to buy it...
    I had a long argument with myself before I took the plunge - I had subscribed to a few others before this - Wildcatt, and even the RHS did one some years ago. and of course way back I used to buy the paper Sanders lists - took up a whole shelf, took ages to find the parentage, and very little other information. Nothing matches up to it (Orchidwiz), and its only money...
    You won't regret it, I think.

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    Just bought it (-:

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    Great logic, Geoff and you both have beautiful blooms that I would just love.

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