Cool vivarium 2.0

It would seem I have made the same journey that many people make when they build vivariums… starting off with something looking very close to nature, and eventually ending up with something a little more practical. Originally I aimed to recreate a little slice of the cloud forest in my inner city apartment and the result turned out great! Vivarium was fully operational in the beginning of May 2010. Everything was thriving and I was finally […]

Masdevallia (Fissia) picturata

Masdevallia picturataThere is just something special about this mini-Masdevallia… and everytime it blooms I am reminded of its awesomeness. The flowers are not large, but compared to the plant they are rather impressive in size none the less. The plant is no more than 5 cm tall and  the width of the flower measures just over 1 cm, but the three long graceful sepals […]

By | January 28th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Masdevallia (Alaticaulia) norae

Masdevallia noraeThis species hail from Colombia, Venezuela and maybe even as far down as into northwestern Brazil. It is a warm to intermediate grower actually as it grows primarily in lowland forests at elevations of 200 to 1000 meters. However, it does not seem to have any objections to the cooler temperatures in my cool vivarium, so I would say that it is a very temperature tolerant […]

By | January 17th, 2012|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Kefersteinia graminea

Kefersteinia gramineaThis is my first Kefersteinia, but it won’t be the last, and it is blooming now just in time for the new year. One must appreciate a lady with impeccable timing and it sure is a lovely species to ring in the new year with. Here’s to a fantastic 2012!!

I was really happy when I saw the flower spike forming on this one late summer, but […]

By | December 31st, 2011|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Lepanthes melpomene

Lepanthes melpomeneI would like to wish you all a very nice Christmas with images of this lovely Lepanthes, named after Melpomene who initially was the Greek muse of singing and later became the muse of tragedy. Perhaps it only works in my warped mind, but it somehow seemed a fitting theme for the day… the rest of you – go with the intense beauty […]

By | December 24th, 2011|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Dracula velutina

Dracula velutinaI love everything about Dracula orchids, and this species does not disappoint… I love the shape of the flowers, the awesome dark red to nearly black sepaline tails an the coloring – especially from the back. I adore the icicle looking texture of the flowers and the little monkey face in the middle of the flowers just makes me smile. Dracula velutina is a medium […]

By | December 17th, 2011|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Masdevallia (Acinopetala) nicaraguae

Masdevallia nicaraguaeA small to medium size warm to intermediate growing epiphyte that was found in the in cloud forest on Mombacho Volcano in Nicaragua, but it grows across most of Central America. The waxy white flowers measure about 1,5 cm tall and bloom on a short, single flowered, suberect inflorescence amidst the leaves. I really like the sparse pink and green details inside the flowers and the faint […]

By | December 15th, 2011|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Masdevallia roseola

Masdevallia roseolaSome orchids are just amazing bloomers, and this is definitely one of those. It blooms with this intense vigor twice a year in spring and fall with a sweet display of 30+ fragrant flowers with a lovely scent of honey. Masdevallia roseola is a miniature intermediate to cool growing epiphyte from Peru and Ecuador where it grows at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters. I grow […]

By | September 18th, 2011|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

Restrepia cuprea

Restrepia cupreaThis intermediate, small growing epiphyte grows at at 1700 meters on the eastern slopes of the central cordillera in Colombia. It is commonly called “the copper-colored Restrepia”, and it is not hard to see why. The deep color almost seem metallic under the lights. I got it from Ecuagenera in May, and it is now blooming for the first time. I grow it mounted […]

By | September 3rd, 2011|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Lepanthes turialvae

Lepanthes turialvaeHere is proof that good things really do come in small packages. I adore this little one. It is growing like crazy and is blooming profusely, what is not to love. Well, the flowers only measure about 2-3 mm, so you do need some good camera gear to really enjoy it, but that’s a small matter… I am willing to have oversight with the diminutive […]

By | August 22nd, 2011|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments
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