Sunday, February 16, 2014

What's blooming today?

I have some first time bloomers currently opening their first flowers for me. It is really hot and dry today outside so I have been spending much of the day just keeping things moist, especially the seedlings.
The first species in flower is Lockhartia oerstedii, a species from central and South America. It has the most amazing leaves which is why I purchased this one in the first place. The flowers are equally interesting and are very delicate, hanging from between the leaves in small bunches. Mine likes to be quite wet. It is mounted on a smal slab of cork and is misted automatically each day for 1 minute every hour.

Lockhartia oerstedii
Side view

The next one is Panarica brassavolae (peviously Epidendrum brassavolae). It is also a species from central and South America and also likes to be a bit wetter than other species. My plant is flowering for the very first time and the flowers are only just opening today after a very long wait! This plant is potted up in bark chips but I have mounted the pot close to the Lockhartia so that it also get the same watering regime.
Panarica brassavolae
Last but not least is a beautiful yellow Phalaenopsis hybrid. Although the flower shape is not perfect, and I wouldn't consider entering this one into a show, the colour is amazing and very pleasing - nice little chap.



  1. Hey there!
    I am Στηβ (Steve) from Athens and I blog on (also have a small online local orchid nursery). I am launching the site in English (currently beta just a couple of posts got translated so far). I would like to keep the english version as an international community of bloggers. Here's how it was implemented in Greek so long story short I am trying to invite people like you that have a passion about orchids and an eye for photography but also know how to care for them. Concept is that it will be as multilingual as possible (the site supports that each article can have as many versions in different languages as the bloggers wish to offer). I think your expertise with orchid propagation and their care will greatly find an audience with our local readers and will greatly help the site to gain international readers. I am not sure how to "sell" this idea to you, I mean I am not sure if there is anything for you to gain since you already have a great blog... I can only think that sharing our passion for orchids in a community like blog is a great idea and as a collective effort would sure find a greater audience.

    With your help MyOrchid could bloom! Thank you for your consideration.
    Best Regards,

    1. Hi Steve

      Thanks for the communication and congratulations on your blog. I like the idea very much and thank you for the invitation. You certainly don't need to "sell" the idea to me. I think that information should always be shared and believe that as a community we should always be supportive of each other. Please drop me an email on with what you have in mind that I can assist you with. Please just keep in mind that my time is often limited so my writing is often sporadic, rather than planned.

      Best regards, David