Aug. 7, 2015 [update]: The Paph. Mary’s Little Leopard bloomed! So cute!
Jun. 28, 2015 [update]: The Coryhopea Red Martian (Stanhopea martiana x Coryanthes macrantha album) bloomed and it’s as wacky as we had imagined!
Later in the evening, the flowers opened a lot more!
May 12, 2015 [update]: The Paph. Magic Lantern bloomed! It’s so exciting since it’s Ross’s own cross.
Dec. 5, 2014 [update]: The one Paph. spicerianum that we got from Ross bloomed into a very beautiful flower!
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!
(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.
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).
(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.
(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!
(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)
(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