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    One I named for my dear departed wife, quite a few years ago, now. I recall that was before the name changes in the vandaceous alliance , and this multi-intergeneric hybrid was a Nakamotoara - if I recall correctly. Well, Vanda is easier to say !
    The cross was Neofinetia falcata x V.Blue Boy. - nowadays at least called V. Blue Boy (1967)- the date being necessary since after all the messing about with names three different Blue Boy crosses all became Vandas. ( Before that, one was an Ascocenda, one a Vanda, and one was a cross between Sarcochilus and Vanda - and I forget what that was called - its all ancient history now ! )
    These small vandas do branch more freely that the big standard Vandas - which in fact hardly branch at all ; the large flowered ones I have seen in the wild - V.coerulea for example , do just about branch, but perhaps on specimens many years old. In cultivation they do not seem to do it. As seen here, there are two growths, and four spikes. The flowers are less than an inch, high, maybe ¾ inch or 2 cm.
    Of course Neofinetia is the extreme - I have one with about 20 growths in a large basket, grown from a single growth in quite a few years. The Asco' types do it much less, but I do have for example minimum and curvifolium with three or so growths each.
    The cross here was 'intended' - ( read optimistically hoped) to produce something with these sized flowers, but blue i colour. A good many crosses have been made with that hope, but very few achieve it. It seems that the small flowered ones are dominant for colour, and that ain't blue.
    Still, it is an easy grower ; I often divide, and sell off the odd division - or more likely make it a raffle prize.
    And no, lest you feel like asking, it is not especially lovely to have a reminder of my late beloved wife - I don't need one - I think of her a dozen times a day , and often speak to her... otherwise there would be no sound at all in this house, unless I put the telly on, and I don't do that very often......( well, to be more honest, I usually watch Netflix - todays news is too unsettling ! )

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    That's a nice one. It has better color than my Ascofinetia (Vanda) Cherry Blossom.

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    Gosh, that is so beautiful! What a great thing you did naming it for your wife too. I bet it made her feel amazing. And, I totally get what you mean about the news. I dread what I will hear next. Hang in there, Geoff. And thank you for sharing your wonderful orchids with us.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    How beautiful Geoff - the flower and your story!

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    Very nice Geoff!

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    The color is so intense and looks great Geoff.

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