Love this slipper orchid!!
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This is a discussion on Paph St Swithin ( #1) within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is the first flowering seedling from a flask of about 5 - six years ...
This is the first flowering seedling from a flask of about 5 - six years from deflasking. The big multi-floral paphs , 'roth crosses etc , take a long time to get big enough to flower in my culture, in fact I think 6 years is pretty good going. Leaf span now is about 30 inches - that's typical for the needful size to flower. But they take up very little room , no more than any paph in a five inch pot, because the leaves all lie in the east-west direction, so thread between other plants on the bench.
Natural flower span here about 7 inches. A bit on the small side, but it is a first flowering. Three flowers too ; quite good IMHO.
Also very early .
Saint Swithun or Swithin, was Bishop of Winchester, when that was also the capital of England in the days of King Alfred - the one who burnt the cakes... about 1200 years ago. The legend , quoted here from the Internet - -St. Swithin's Day is 15 July, a day in which people watch the weather. Myth has it that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days - is due to some folk tale about the Bishop wanting to be buried in the open, and the monks trying to move him indoors ( the better to collect an admission fee from the faithful ? or am I just cynical ? ) and every time they started to dig him up it rained...
So the original of this cross came came to be named on July 15th ( I suppose - but then I do have a fertile imagination ! ). Paphs are of course very seasonal, usually you can set our calendar by them. hence my sweeping conclusion taht its early .maybe all this is a fairy story. I hope you are all amused.
ABut if only it would rain on July 15th and for forty days thereafter, or better still on June 5th and forty days thereafter; we are breaking all records here in Southern England ( and most of Northern Europe too ) - rainfall so far since March is just 3% of the average... I need 60 gallons of water a week for my plants, and can store 750 gallons, but I have 1 weeks supply left...Just half an inch of rain , with the size of my roof would give me 250 gallons.
Previewing the pics I am reminded why I show the back of the flowers ; these 'roth hybrids, like 'roth itself have these large bracts enclosing the buds, the same colours as the dorsal - adding to the display.
Love this slipper orchid!!
Beautiful! Thanks for the info.
Not just a beautiful orchid, but a wonderful story. I love both.
Its gorgeous ! T also love the bracts, its as if an additional petal LOL. And thanks for whipping up this fairy tale out of your imagination LOL !
Gorgeous slipper orchid!!! If you have any others NBS let me know
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Congrats Geoff very pretty I love if I have blooms like these.
and since another example is now showing a spike I've given it a cultivar name - "Burton Green".