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White perfection - Coelogyne mooreana "Westonbirt"

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    Westonbirt was a famous orchid collection between the two World Wars - actually it is the name of a country estate and mansion ; the owner Sir George Holford was also a tree lover and created a private arboretum containing 16000 trees - 2500 diffeent species and varieties - now one of our UK National Forestry Commision reserves ; you can see that his estate was not short of a square mile or three ! I used to walk in those woods when I lived in the English Cotswolds - Gloucestershire - and went to the house once ; now its a posh private school for girls ( fees US$12000 per term, is my guess ). I found that the greenhouses don't exist any more.
    Some fine breeding was done there - some of the first novelty cymbidiums, crossing small flowered small size cym species with what at that time were big standard hybrids,creating a new craze leading to the novelty cyms we see today ; and of course the owner was a paph man - think of P.Hellas Westonbirt FCC variety ( which I have shown here) still a good parent today. a hundred years later..
    To get back to the Coelogyne - you will see the flowers emerging from the new growth centre - common in the genus. It makes a good specimen plant - CCC ( Certificate of Cultural Commendation) medals have been given (RHS) to at least half a dozen growers in the past, showing plants with a dozen or so spikes.
    My plant is a propagation I bought 2 years ago, now just up to flowering size for the first time, so flower count and size not yet optimal.
    These things absolutely love S/H by the way , which is how this one is grown.
    Flowers here not more than 3 or 3 1/2 inch span - but will increase by at least another inch on a stronger plant.

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    A very very beautiful Coelogyne. Bravo.

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    Pure elegance!

    I am thinking about trying one or two coelogyne myself. Do they grow well in hot and humid condition?

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    Outstanding! Certainly a thing of beauty...the crystalline texture just sparkles! Does this one have a fragrance?
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    White! And perfect! No doubt.

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    Mabuhay!

    Perfection at its finest.

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    One of the most beautiful Coelogyne !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizgeo View Post
    Pure elegance!

    I am thinking about trying one or two coelogyne myself. Do they grow well in hot and humid condition?
    They are mostly considered to be cool house orchids , but mine is growing along with everything else including a lot of Vandas and Cattleyas - which might be called intermediate/warm, and I cerainly have high humidity !.

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    Outstanding! Certainly a thing of beauty...the crystalline texture just sparkles! Does this one have a fragrance?
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    A little fragrance yes - not the best in the genus, but certainly some. I think most white flowers do ?

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    Beautiful! Perfection, indeed. Thank you, Geoff.

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