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Ancient history - my paphs some 25 years ago

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    Default Ancient history - my paphs some 25 years ago

    Here in Uk we have an organisation called NCCPG ( National Council for Preservation of Plants and Gardens) which later changed its name to Plant Heritage ; a quote from their current web-site -
    "At the NCCPG we are working hard to protect and preserve our magnificent plant heritage through:The National Plant Collections® Scheme 'living libraries' of individual species, cared for by dedicated specialist growers ;The Demeter® Project, our computer database which will ensure that precious plant knowledge is captured and stored consistently and securely;Nationwide education and publicity programmes..."
    I applied to join and become a Collection Holder back then, when I reckoned to grow over 90% of the then known Paph species. I had to be inspected by a Committee , and on the day of their visit I put all my flowering plants together - which is the pic below.
    Times change - the flowers don't look very exciting by todays standards , and of course the actual range of plants in flower changes from season to season - e.g. complex whites before Xmas, multiflorals in mid-summer, and so on. I found the pic whilst researching for a talk I'm giving later in the year - thought it might at least amuse todays paph growers.
    BTW I gave up the NCCPG a few years ago - the bureaucracy and red-tape irritated me ; they never gave me any help , e.g. with CITES, and I feared that publication of my plant list - which
    they demanded annually , would be an invitation to thieves.


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    Oh Orchid Heaven!! Look at the beautiful slipper orchids! Wonderful.

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    WOW!!!!!
    This is so great. I wish I could see them today!

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    Even in the distant right hand corner of the picture the size and color of the slipper orchids makes the flowers really stand out. What a great collection all in one greenhouse. AL

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    What a great collection of Paphs, Geoff!!!!! I'm showing this picture to some friends who have been boasting about their collection. Thanks for posting

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    I love it - thank you, Geoff, for sharing this picture from yourpast. Some things never change - these are beautiful and you are fantastic.

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    I don't know how you can say this isn't very exciting by today's standards. I think that is absolutely beautiful and I would be very proud to be able to have that type of display. They are all so vivid. Just an amazing photo. Do you still have many of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daethen View Post
    I don't know how you can say this isn't very exciting by today's standards. ?
    Paph breeding moved on at an enormous pace in the last 25 years, due to a flood of new species for the hybridiser to use, and reintroduction of old species which were lost to cultivation at that time. It would take more time thn I want to spend to produce statistics, but my guess would be that the trickle of new things in the 70s and early 80s was replaced by the flood we have today. Some - many ! are now standards, things like Dollgoldii, Gloria Naugle, Lynleigh Koopowitz, and the same in the multi-florals ; none of them in that show.

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    I have never seen so many slipper orchids at one go. Thanks for showing us.

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    Sheer orchid nirvana!

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