I am coming back!

Dear readers. I have not been active on the blog for the past year due to some personal issues, but this is about to change! There are some issues on the site at the moment, there are a lot of photos missing mainly, but I am working on getting it all sorted now. If you find other broken or missing content on the site, I would appreciate it if you would let me know.

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By | August 19th, 2014|Categories: A day in the life of...|Tags: , |19 Comments

Orchids on summer vacation part 2

The greenhouse build is nearing completion. Another week or two before it is all done and the orchids can start moving in. In the meantime the intermediate to warm growers have been enjoying summer outside in the shade by the summer cottage. They are really loving the humidity and warm days and relatively cool nights. There are new roots and buds forming all over the place. Still, I cannot wait to get them into the […]

Orchids on summer vacation 2013

After a long winter and an unusually cold and dry spring, summer has finally come to Sweden! But there were times this spring when it felt like summer would never come. You can see scars from the drought and cold all over as many plants and flowers outside did not make it. Alas, one who waits for something good… Summer is here, we have about 18 hours of daylight now and the weather has been […]

By | June 11th, 2013|Categories: A day in the life of...|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Stelis immersa

This is a wonderfully vigorous plant with nice fleshy dark green leaves and intense chocolate colored flowers. It blooms every winter for me, and this year it started sometime before the new year and just now finished after almost five months of blooming on six inflorescences. The inflorescence grow out from the midrib at mid leaf and hold a long string of nodding flowers measuring about a centimeter tall. It is a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing […]

By | May 3rd, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

Specklinia alata

In my mind this is always going to be a Muscarella, but Kew want to call it Specklinia, so I guess I will fall in line. At least for the title of this post. It is a miniature epiphyte from Mexico to Central America, found at altutudes ranging from 180 to 1 380 meters. So is actually a warm to intermediate grower that I am growing cool, but it seems to be doing alright with that too. […]

By | April 4th, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Scaphosepalum anchoriferum

This wonderfully strange looking orchid hail from the mountains of Central America where they can be found at elevations from 1100 to 2000 meters. It is an intermediate epiphyte that usually blooms in the spring to summer in nature, but mine started around the new year and has been blooming all winter. The flowers measure about 1 cm wide and grow on a fairly long, single descending to horizontal successively flowered inflorescence. I love the provocative, phallic shape. It asks for no […]

By | March 18th, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Masdevallia striatella

This is a small intermediate growing epiphyte from Central America. It can be found in mountain cloud forest from Costa Rica to Northwestern Venezuela at altitudes ranging from 400 meters up to 2500 meters. Flowers are small, only about one centimeter long, but the nice coloration makes up for any shortcomings in size. It usually blooms in the late fall/ early winter in nature, and it has been doing the same for me this year, blooming from […]

By | February 24th, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Dracula sodiroi subsp. erythrocodon

So, the Dracula indulgence continues. Dracula sodiroi is an intermediate to cool growing terrestrial or epiphytic species named after Father Sadira who first discovered it in 1900. It grows in the northwestern regions of the Pichincha provice in Ecuador at altitudes between 1800 to 2300 meters. The bell shaped flowers form on erect racemes and the pendant growing style further enhances the bell connection. Apparently the characteristic to produce more than one flower at the same time on this erect raceme […]

By | February 12th, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

Dracula iricolor

I bought this lovely species from Ecuagenera under the name Dracula trichroma, which apparently is a synonym to Dracula iricolor. Regardless of the name, I love the soft color scheme of the flower in contrast to the traditional provocative Dracula shape. It blooms on an erect inflorescence, which is less common in this genus, with single flowers produced in succession. It is an eiphyte from the cloud forests of Colombia to Northwestern Ecuador where it has been found at a […]

By | February 10th, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Masdevallia rex

I was picking up my pre-ordered plants from Ecuagenera at an orchid show back in September, and I asked Alex if he had anything special on the table I should consider. He suggested this Masdevallia rex, a species they had only recently begun selling. I took his advice and brought it home, and now it is blooming for the first time. One flower just opened, but there are a myriad of buds coming so […]

By | February 9th, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
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