A perfect day to visit Porter’s Orchids

Apr. 29, 2015 [update]: The buds on our Trichopilia (Charles x xRamonensis {suavis x marginata}) opened up and we’re a little surprised at how different the color of ours turned out!

Trichopilia (Charles x Ramonensis)

Trichopilia (Charles x Ramonensis)

Apr. 25, 2015: It’s been a while since we were able to visit Porter’s Orchids and we had planned this weekend to change that. I caught the cold that’s been going around the office late last week but we were still determined to make it out to Porter’s. I’m glad we did since we were able to take home some awesome plants!

On our drive over, we only had one specific plant we would love to get: a Paph. hirsutissimum. We’ve been seeing a lot of it at the local orchid shows lately and it’s hard not to want them. When Larry asked Bill if he had one for sale, he went and divided the amazing plant he had in his display at one of the recent shows! We’re so geeked!

Paph. hirsutissimum
Paph. hirsutissimum

Paph. hirsutissimum

Paph. hirsutissimum

Paph. hirsutissimum

Paph. hirsutissimum

Another thing that Larry had asked about specifically were mule-eared Oncidiums. Bill showed us some Onc. ampliatum one of which we took home.

Onc. ampliatum
Onc. ampliatum

Onc. ampliatum
Onc. ampliatum is also often called the “tortoise-shell oncidium” because of how the pseudobulbs tend to look. We actually got one from Larry’s Orchids before (story in this post) and it’s interesting to see how different the plants can look.

Oncidium ampliatum internet picture(picture from Internet) Unfortunately, we didn’t get a picture of the actual flowers from Bill’s plants. He had one in full bloom but we got too caught us chit-chatting and running around the greenhouse.

Asconopsis Irene Dobkin 'Orange Delight' x Phal. Timothy Christopher 'Sakura'
Asconopsis Irene Dobkin ‘Orange Delight’ x Phal. Timothy Christopher ‘Sakura’

Asconopsis Irene Dobkin 'Orange Delight' x Phal. Timothy Christopher 'Sakura'
We were walking around the area with all the Phals when we started talking about orange flowers. Bill pointed out this odd hybrid.

Asconopsis Irene Dobkin 'Orange Delight' x Phal. Timothy Christopher 'Sakura'There were plants with properly formed flowers but we couldn’t resist taking the mutant one that doesn’t seem to form petals.

Phal. Brother Goldsmith
Phal. Brother Goldsmith (Fortune Buddha x stuartiana)

Phal. Brother GoldsmithWe picked up this plant specifically to put Phal bastianii pollen into. Hoping to get some interesting-looking flowers out of the cross.

Trichopilia (Charles x xRamonensis {suavis x marginata})
Trichopilia (Charles x xRamonensis {suavis x marginata})

Trichopilia (Charles x xRamonensis {suavis x marginata})Bill explained to us that this is a cross between Trichopilia Charles which a friend of his made and xRamonensis which is a natural hybrid between suavis and marginata. 

Trichopilia (Charles x xRamonensis {suavis x marginata}) Result: absolutely stunning, delicate pink flowers

Trichopilia (Charles x xRamonensis {suavis x marginata})

 

 

 

 

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