Jul. 11, 2014 [update]: One of the buds on the Dresslerella caesariata is definitely open now. How much more open it will get remains to be seen.
Jul. 4, 2014 [update]: The Dresslerella caesariata is budding. Some of the buds are starting to turn color too!
Jul. 3, 2014 [update]: We took better photos of the Masd. princeps flower today.
Jul. 2, 2014 [update]: The Masd. princeps bud is now open!
Jun. 15, 2014 [update]: The Masdevallia princeps bud is growing big quick.
Apr. 11, 2014: It’s the weekend that we have been waiting for since we contracted our orchidelirium! We spent Thursday and Friday afternoon/evening helping out with whatever grunt work we can do. It was absolutely amazing to see the place transform into what would be the most spectacular Michigan orchid show this year, in my opinion.
We obviously did not plan to pick up any plants during the setup days but our fellow Michigan Orchid Society member started the ball rolling by giving us one of his extra Prosthechea cochleata plants (will forever be Encyclia cochleata to me). One more plant off my orchid bucket list! Thanks, Paul!
And then, the vendors slowly arrive to set up their booths. It took extremely willpower to avoid running over and start shopping. We are but human, though, and we eventually had to walk over and check things out. We picked up the plants we pre-ordered from Ecuagenera. When we first unpacked them, it was a little disheartening since they didn’t look very well. Understandable considering how far they came from. Larry brought back the one that looked very bad and Ecuagenera gave us another plant that cost more than the original plant no questions asked! These guys are absolutely awesome.
Masdevallia lintricula is the plant that Ecuagenera gave us when Larry brought back the Masdevallia ventricularia. They chose this plant to give us based on the presence of ‘-tricula-‘ in the names it seems.
We also picked up a couple of plants that my brother pre-ordered.
Later in the day, Natt’s Orchids arrive with his plants and I immediately see the Masdevallia that was in one of the displays at the Ann Arbor Orchid Society show last month which I really wanted.
While walking around the vendor area more, the guy at Windswept in Time struck a conversation with us. Windswept in Time is a plant vendor from Ohio that’s always at these orchid shows but doesn’t have a website yet. He noticed that Larry was carrying around a small cutting of a begonia.
Brief intermission to tell the story of the begonia cutting: While we were cleaning up the display area, there were some green plant parts that got knocked off in the process of putting them up in the exhibit. Before the other folks can toss them in the trash, Larry asked if he can take them home to grow. He got a small section of begonia and some spider plant trimmings.
The Windswept in Time guy happened to have a begonia plant that he was selling which started the conversation. While at his booth, we couldn’t resist browsing the mounted plants he had.
It was a very fascinating and educational browsing session since every plant that we touched or pointed tho, the guy would tell us a fun fact about it–one unique benefit from volunteering to help setup the show; it’s like having a private shopping session of the vendor area! This particular plant was extra interesting since the flowers look like birds. It’s called Ornithophora radicans.
Orchid count: #122-130