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Phals in Bloom

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    Default Phals in Bloom

    Well, this certainly won't be a Sir Speedo exhibition, but I did a long-neglected photo shoot today, spurred on by my impatient besseae.

    We'll start with the Phals...

    This is Phal. aphrodite, a lovely species orchid. I bought it in March, already blooming, and all 8 of the flowers blasted during shipping. I cut the spike high and it's rebloomed for me. The arrangement of the flowers is a bit haphazard, and the first to open was much larger than the others (and is covered by the subsequent blooms), but if you like petite, refined Phal species, this one's a beaut. The color is correct in the the first two shots, but I couldn't resist the 'mood' photo.

    More to come in this thread - just have to run out for a few minutes...

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    Those photos look angelic.... very pretty!

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    oooood photo??

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    I don't understand you're worried cow question, Diane... (thanks, Kirstie!)

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    Default Dtps. Little Gem Stripes

    This little guy is pretty, but it trys to bloom itself to death. After buying it in bloom last spring, I cut the spike because the plant was sucking all the life out of the leaves, trying to support the branching flower spike. It put up another spike immediately, and I ended up cutting that one two.

    It grew very nicely throughout the year, and as it bloomed this spring, it did the same damned thing again. So I figured the plant wasn't genetically the best equipped for flowering, and if it wanted to suicide, I wouldn't stop it. (More room for robust plants.) It lost two leaves through this blooming, and another is starting to look stressed. But it is a cutie!
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    I think the last photo is the "Moo" oooood photo! You know the whole softly through the stockings photograph... it does look like one of those hollywood love is in the air film...


    well, I do like aphrodite but since my Phal venosa just blackened off from the winter cold.. I have decided that Phals are no longer in my future spending...

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    Beautiful phals, Julie! I really like the doritaenopsis. Very pretty!

    Cheers!
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    Default Phal. Ever Spring Fairy ‘Shih Hua’

    This is a harlequin cross of (Taisuco Kochdian x Golden Peoker.) Harlequins are genetic anomalies among Phals, becuase their spotting is different on every flower. (Most Phals have consistent coloration on each flower.)

    Not every seedling in a cross will come out harlequin, so you don't know what you have until it blooms. I just love this guy, and the spike is nearly a yard long. This started blooming in late March, and it's a very happy camper.

    Of course, I'd love any flower that looked like I'd dumped my glass of cabernet on it - it's a natural for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    Of course, I'd love any flower that looked like I'd dumped my glass of cabernet on it - it's a natural for me!

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    Hmmmmm, I think you cleared that one up for me Julie. Why I have been really wanting one like that. A Paph in that coloring as well. Being a wine loving clutz, well, that MUST be why I desire a few orchids in that color scheme....

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    Kirstie, I think we need to get you a couple of nice, healthy plants for you to succeed with. Then you can branch out.

    If you lust for a harlequin, we can find you one. But stop buying dying NOIDs, or you'll never feel the joy of your first bloom and rebloom!

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