This is a favorite Paphiopedilum in my collection. It is not particularly large or flashy as Paphiopedilum go, but it is boasting a magical color combination that either makes you think of green fairies or some lost scene from a Willy Wonka movie – depending of course on your imagination or penchant for the anise-flavoured spirits of late 19th-century Parisian artists… The naming however was not nearly as poetic as […]
In Othello, William Shakespeare wrote, “good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.” This impressive Paphiopedilum Vinicolor orchid is a very nice familiar creature indeed. It bloomed last year in November, and here we go again. Nice with dependable orchids you can set your watch to. About being well used… well… at least it is very much appreciated.
The beautiful waxy […]
As passionate as I am about Pleurothallids, I still get all warm inside when these majestic Paphiopedilum bloom. So it is a good thing that I more more room for them on the windowsill now after building the cool viv for the others.
I am a little bit of a species snob when it comes to all orchid genera – except Paphiopedilum. Some of […]
Since my Dellaina decided to bloom just as we left for our vacation it got to tag along to the coast as well. It is a nice primary hybrid between Paphiopedilum delenatii x P. chamberlainianum. The seed parent (delenatii) is a small terrestrial/lithophyte from southern Vietnam and Dellaina have inherited its beautiful […]
…Ok… rhyming is not my strength… so we’ll move right along. The first bud on my Paphiopedilum Ho Chi Minh just opened, so now I know it can’t be long until Easter. In the wild the seed parent usually blooms in March, something this popular hybrid has taken after. You can almost set your calendar after this one, my […]
One week has passed since my first pollination attempt and, impatient as I am, I feel that it is time for a status update. In the right corner we have the graceful Paphiopedilum Vinicolor and in the left corner, the faithful bloomer Prosthechea cochleata.
The P. Vinicolor flower have now started […]
The congenial morning cup of coffee gave way to much more indecent ideas as the second bud on the voluptuous Vinicolor begun to unfold. The first flower was still in fine form and with one more on the way I felt the first could be sacrificed for science… or at least some experimenting. I have never pollinated an orchid before, but I have […]
This lovely creature, Paphiopedilum ‘Satin Smoke’, came in bud in my order from Schwerter last week. It has just begun to open up and show me that awesome chubby micranthum chin… I just love Paphiopedilum micranthum, but haven’t gotten one yet since they have a reputation for being a little hard. I’ll start with this one first.
This primary hybrid between Paphiopedilum […]