It has been slow around here lately, I wonder why? Maybe people have to get back to do some serious work instead of surfing the forum before they can take off for the holidays ...
Thanks for the lovely comments. I guess there are not many people would be interested in these plants, those Maxillarias and etc... As far as I know, I am among very few people growing these orchids. The flower of the Maxillaria grandiflora is very pretty, I like it too. The Maxillaria tenuifolia, the coconut orchid, is a more popular member of this genus, virtually everyone around here has one. I have more plants of this tribe, some might bloom soon and we will see them later.
Thanks! I am surprised that you had the Epidendrum. It is not a widely available plant, I believe. Many years ago, when I first saw it in bloom, very interesting and striking flowers and flower spike, I was quite taken by it. But that plant takes up lot of space and it's getting bushier by every year. I guess you need the space for other plants, so it's OK to give it away to a good home. I like it too much to do that, although in the worst case, I would just chuck it to a corner of my garden.
I have to say that many of my orchids are fragrant. However, unless it reeks, you have to get vey close to detect the scent. The fragrance of the Aerides is very strong. You would smell it anywhere you go in the GH. The other ones, you have to place the blooms close to your nose in order to appreciate the fragrance. The Aerides are native of Southeast Asia. My father used to have them, hanging in his garden. Everytime they bloomed, their scent would permeate all the living quarter. I am collecting them now, not only for their exceptional beauty, but also as a way to re-create the long-lost garden that I somehow remember and to reminisce of my childhood. Just like the Rhynchostylis, due to the flowering habits of these orchids - their long pendulous, highly fragrant and gorgeous flower spikes, have nicknames. While the Rhynchostylis are called "foxtail" orchids, the Aerides have nicknames of which literal translation mean "Laotian squirrel-tail" orchids. These plants are very floriferous. Specimen-size plants of these orchids in bloom are truly a sight to behold!