Fall Blooms and Spikes, Plus a New Look

Fall 2021 Blooms and Spikes

Hello there! Yes, it’s me, the occasional orchid blogger. I’m back with a new look for my website! I’m still tweaking the appearance, but if you see anything funky, please feel free to leave a comment letting me know. The previous version of my site was not mobile friendly, but this new version should be compatible with mobile devices.  🙂

My favorite time of year is here, and along with it are a couple blooms on my Cattleya Mrs. Herbert Greaves that I got from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate back in 2016.

Cattleya Mrs. Herbert Greaves blooms

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Orchid Haul from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

Over the holidays last year I received a lovely gift from my in-laws: a gift certificate for Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. My husband and I visited the place way back in May 2011; it was my first ever visit to an orchid nursery, and I loved it. I didn’t buy anything when we visited because I was worried about transporting orchids safely on a plane (which I have since done successfully). So I was excited to have the opportunity to have some orchids shipped directly to me from the estate!

From our 2011 visit
From our 2011 visit
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Orchid of the Week: Cattleya guttata

This week’s orchid is the Cattleya guttata, a smaller, speckled species of Cattleya. This orchid is found in Brazil, often near the coast:

Cattleya guttata
Photo credit: orquideana.com.br

The blooms on this Cattleya range from two to four inches in size, whereas the blooms of other Cattleya species  can be up to eight inches across (or more)!

Cattleya guttata
Photo credit: delfinadearaujo.com

Cattleya guttata can be found in other colors, like this maroon-tinged version:

Cattleya guttata
Photo credit: aaoe.fr

Beautiful, isn’t it?? Many Cattleya flowers are two-toned in color or are monochrome with a sort of watercolor-esque feel. So it’s fun to see a Cattleya variety with unexpected markings like this one’s speckles.

Orchid Show Visit

Just got home from the Orchid Show at the NYBG — and it was awesome! The weather is truly FOUL out there, rainy and super windy, but luckily my friend has a car and drove us to the garden.

Will post a full update with photos, but here’s a pic of a big, gorgeous Cattleya hybrid for now. It’s labeled as a Brassolaeliocattleya Success Dream x Laeliocattleya Orglade’s Grand:

Brassolaeliocattleya Success Dream x Laeliocattleya Orglade's Grand