Larry’s Urban Orchid Expeditions: Destination Deerwood Orchids

Aug. 7, 2015 [update]: The Paph. Mary’s Little Leopard bloomed! So cute!

Paph. Mary's Little Leopard

Jun. 28, 2015 [update]: The Coryhopea Red Martian (Stanhopea martiana x Coryanthes macrantha album) bloomed and it’s as wacky as we had imagined!

These pictures were taken in the morning:
Coryhopea Red Martian

Coryhopea Red Martian

Later in the evening, the flowers opened a lot more!

Coryhopea Red Martian

Coryhopea Red Martian

Coryhopea Red Martian

May 12, 2015 [update]: The Paph. Magic Lantern bloomed! It’s so exciting since it’s Ross’s own cross.

Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum 'War Eagle' HCC/AOS x delenatii 'Deerwood' AM/AOS)
Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum ‘War Eagle’ HCC/AOS x delenatii ‘Deerwood’ AM/AOS)

Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum 'War Eagle' HCC/AOS x delenatii 'Deerwood' AM/AOS)

Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum 'War Eagle' HCC/AOS x delenatii 'Deerwood' AM/AOS)

Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum 'War Eagle' HCC/AOS x delenatii 'Deerwood' AM/AOS)

Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum 'War Eagle' HCC/AOS x delenatii 'Deerwood' AM/AOS)

Dec. 5, 2014 [update]: The one Paph. spicerianum that we got from Ross bloomed into a very beautiful flower!

Paph. spicerianum

Paph. spicerianum

Paph. spicerianum

Paph. spicerianum

Nov. 22, 2014: When we were planning our trip to Minneapolis, it’s actually the visit to Deerwood Orchids that we were most excited about. We had met Ross Hella before during the Great Lakes Judging Center Cypripedium Alliance educational seminar in Ann  Arbor earlier this year (story in this post) and we thought he was very fascinating.

When my twin brother started attending the Orchid Society of Minnesota meetings, he shared how interesting Ross is and how he brings amazing-looking plants to the meetings. This only made us more excited!

We were not prepared for what we saw and learned during our visit. Deerwood Orchids is amazing and everyone should try to make the trip out there. We ended up taking home a lot of great plants. THANKS ROSS!

Phal. mariae
Phal. mariae

Phal. mariae internet picture(picture from Internet) Yes, Deerwood Orchids had more than just unique Paphs!

Phal. speciosa
Phal. speciosa

Phal. speciosa internet picture(picture from Internet) When Ross found out we were interested in Phal species, he pointed out that he has these which are still being debated whether they’re Phal. tetraspis or a different species altogether.

Phal. tetraspis
Phal. tetraspis

Phal. tetraspis internet picture(picture from Internet) I guess I see why there’s a debate. The flowers look very similar.

Onc. cheirophorum
Onc. cheirophorum (‘Canary’ x self)

Onc. cheirophorumWhile poking around, I pointed out these cute little Oncidiums to Larry. Ross tells us that it’s one of the parents of the Twinkles we see everywhere nowadays. He let us have one for free! 

Paph. spicerianum ('Best' x 'Close Second')
Paph. spicerianum (‘Best’ x ‘Close Second’). This is the other plant he gave us for free when we had mentioned we are beginning to collect spicerianums.

Paph. spicerianum
Paph. spicerianum. Yes, we got another one which he got from a different source. It’s fascinating that of the 4 that we now have, all have characteristic differences. These plants are definitely larger than the first one we got (from this post).

Paph. spicerianum internet picture
(picture from Internet) It’s unfortunate that I didn’t take a picture of the open flower that was on one of the benches there. This is a picture from Orchid Zone which one of these plants are supposedly from.

Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum 'War Eagle' HCC/AOS x delenatii 'Deerwood' AM/AOS)
Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum ‘War Eagle’ HCC/AOS x delenatii ‘Deerwood’ AM/AOS)

Paph. Magic Lantern (micranthum 'War Eagle' HCC/AOS x delenatii 'Deerwood' AM/AOS) internet picture(picture from Deerwood Orchids) We always wanted to have a Paph. Magic Lantern and we’re so geeked we finally got one!

Paph. (Impulse x leucochilum)
Paph. (Impulse x leucochilum)

Paph. (Impulse x leucochilum)
Absolutely beautiful flower on this hybrid.

Paph. (Impulse x leucochilum)It stood out from the sea of green.

Paph. Lunacy (Hellas 'Sunset' HCC/AOS x Skip Bartlett 'W.P.')
Paph. Lunacy (Hellas ‘Sunset’ HCC/AOS x Skip Bartlett ‘W.P.’)

Paph. Lunacy (Hellas 'Sunset' HCC/AOS x Skip Bartlett 'W.P.') internet picture(picture from Deerwood Orchids) Spectacularly pure looking Paph!

Paph. Angel Vein (S. Gratrix 'Cocker Spaniel' x fairrieanum)
Paph. Angel Vein (S. Gratrix ‘Cocker Spaniel’ x fairrieanum)

Paph. Angel Vein (S. Gratrix 'Cocker Spaniel' x fairrieanum) internet picture(picture from Deerwood Orchids) We had this in our wishlist in preparation of going to Deerwood Orchids. Such a wacky looking hybrid!

Paph. Tropical Magic
Paph. Tropical Magic

Paph. Tropical Magic internet picture(picture from Deerwood Orchids) Ross recommended this hybrid to us and we just went with it. When we searched online for a picture of the flowers for this hybrid, we were pleasantly surprised that this looks cute!

Paph. Mary's Little Leopard
Paph. Mary’s Little Leopard

Paph. Mary's Little Leopard internet picture(picture from Deerwood Orchids) This was one of the plants we had in our wishlist.

Paph. insigne
Paph. insigne

Paph. insigne internet picture(picture from Internet) We had to pick up one of Ross’s Paph. insigne to see how different their flowers would be compared to the one we already have (from this post)

Coryhopea Red Martian (Stanhopea martiana x Coryanthes macrantha album)
Coryhopea Red Martian (Stanhopea martiana x Coryanthes macrantha album)

Coryhopea Red Martian internet picture(picture from Internet) And last but not least is this incredibly unusual intergeneric hybrid. We were wrapping up our visit already when I looked up and saw some Coryanthes plants hanging above us. Ross’s wife Julie mentioned that they brought these to sell at their last Orchid Society of Minnesota meeting but it came right back home with them. We couldn’t resist to help free up more space for them in their greenhouse.

Deerwood Orchids has some of the cleanest, healthiest plants we’ve ever seen in a retail environment. The sheer variety of plants available is mind boggling. Those listed on their website is but a tiny percentage of what they really have making a visit extremely well worth it. Looking forward to visiting again!

Orchid count: #503-516

 

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