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My focus… if pressed to name favorites it would have to be orchids of the Pleurothallid Alliance. But a Paphiopedilum was the first orchid I ever fell in love with so slipper orchids will always be close to my heart, and while we are on the subject I might as well disclose a love affair with Neofinetia as well.

Day 4-5: Las Alturas and Cerro Chai

Costa Rica travel diary A not too long but fairly bumpy journey by bus landed us at the research station of Las Alturas at an elevation of 1528 meters. It is a wonderfully rustic place with only a diesel generator for power and running cold water only. The reserve sits on a hillside overlooking sprawling coffee plantations but with primary forests at its doorstep further up the mountain. It is located on the very edge of [...]

By | December 1st, 2015|A day in the life of..., Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog, Orchid blog|0 Comments

Day 3: Exploring El Copal

Costa Rica travel diary Morning fog around El Copal made it seem as if the large wrap-around porch was floating in the canopy of the trees surrounding it. Quite magical! Most of us got up early, 5:30 to be exact, to watch the sunrise and do some bird watching from the porch before breakfast. Actually it was a hawk who woke me up, very strange call, sound more like an owl, but a nice alarm none the less. [...]

By | November 30th, 2015|A day in the life of..., Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog, Orchid blog|0 Comments

Day 2: El Copal

Costa Rica travel diary We had a really nice minibus with a quite interesting driver to our disposal for the duration. I think he did not quite know what to make of us all at first, but by the end I think we had won him over. Along the way we also met up with our two fantastic local guides, Daniel and Eugenio. Our first day was a long drive over to the Caribbean side and the beautiful [...]

By | November 29th, 2015|A day in the life of..., Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog, Orchid blog|0 Comments

Day 1: travel day

Costa Rica travel diary The alarm went off at 3:45 (!)... nothing like three hours of restless sleep to make you feel refreshed and ready to take in the day. Nova seemed a bit confused that I actually woke her up for a change, but she was game. I will miss the little bugger. Mom dropped me off at the airport in Gothenburg at 5:30 and I was airborne an hour later. Smooth start. The [...]

By | November 28th, 2015|A day in the life of..., Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog, Orchid blog|0 Comments

Paphiopedilum Leeanum

The slipper parade continues, it is Paphiopedilum season after all. Let me present Paphiopedilum Leeanum, a lovely primary hybrid with Paphiopedilum insigne as the seed parent and Paphiopedilum spicerianum as the pollen contributor. It is an old classic as far as hybrids go, registered in Britain in back in 1884 when the orchid hybridization craze was first gaining momentum. Leeanum was one of the first of many successful insigne crosses exhibiting enormous vitality and eagerness to bloom, a quality making insigne very popular in hybridization [...]

By | November 15th, 2015|My orchids, Orchid blog|10 Comments

Paphiopedilum appletonianum

Paphiopedilum appletonianum is a personal favorite in my collection. I know I say this every year, but everytime it blooms I feel this way so it must be true then. Not only do I like that the flowers last for several months I also adore the color combination and the purple-brown, lightly hairy and ridiculously long inflorescence often measuring up to half a meter long! The lovely light mottled leaves add some extra appeal even [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|My orchids, Orchid blog|4 Comments
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