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orchidFrom Iain Wright on 24th June 2020
Restrepia sp Peter
I got this plant from Tony Taylor of Lincoln Orchid Group when he came to talk to us two years ago on growing in baskets. Although he had it down as a species, I am not so sure. If my memory is correct, he got it from Peter and it is indeed dark and spotty.
orchidFrom Graham Parker on 23rd June 2020
Coelogyne massangiana
first time flower 12 buds! Had to move into basket as the spike got to long 40 cm. slight scent.
orchidFrom Graham Parker on 23rd June 2020
Coelogyne massangiana
orchidFrom Graham Parker on 23rd June 2020
Bakeria spectabilis
3 spikes, 10 flowers, slight scent.
orchidFrom Graham Parker on 23rd June 2020
Bakeria spectabilis
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 22nd June 2020
Phragmipedium wallisii x humboldtii
The tendrils of this primary hybrid measure 750mm! It was bought last year at Malvern from Peruflora.
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 22nd June 2020
Phragmipedium wallisii x humboldtii
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 21th June 2020
Lycaste schilleriana
This flowered repeatedly over the winter and is now starting again. Strangely enough, I am going to keep it!
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 21th June 2020
Masdevallia coriacea
This came as a lost label plant to the June 2019 CANWOS meeting when we had a session on culture and shared divisions of orchids between us. Whilst it was being split up, the label came to light. I have finally managed to tease a flower from it.
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 21th June 2020
Masdevallia coriacea
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 21th June 2020
Maxillaria rufescens 'yellow'
These ground level flowers are pleasantly scented and quite abundant.
orchidFrom George Hart on 19th June 2020
Cattleya purpurata
orchidFrom George Hart on 19th June 2020
Dendrobium antennatum
orchidFrom George Hart on 19th June 2020
Dendrobium antennatum
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 18th June 2020
Cattleya purpurata var rubra

Although this is labelled as var rubra, it might be better described as var striata. See the photos on Jay Pfahl's orchidspecies.com web site - accessible from the main CANWOS web site.
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 18th June 2020
Phaius tankervilliae

These used to come out just in time for Malvern Show but would have missed this year's!
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 18th June 2020
Rhyncostele cordata 'Henry'

Denys had two of these in his greenhouse, rather more floriferous than this but my photographs of them were very poor.
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 18th June 2020
Sobralia micranthum alba

I bought this in the 2006 CANWOS auction and have only ever had a single flower if that. It got the 'blood, fish and bone' treatment last year. Seems like a bit if a trend.

If you try this at home, do start in a small way, just a quarter of a teaspoon watered in. Make haste slowly; some plants might not like it.
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 18th June 2020
Sobralia micranthum alba
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 13th June 2020
How to ruin a good lawn
This is a picture of our bottom lawn; the Windmill tower is behind my right shoulder. I used to be quite pleased with it as a lawn.

Then one day Celia called me over to 'look at this funny dock leaf in the lawn'. I took one look at it and swore as I recognised it as the leaf of a spotted orchid. We have some cultivated Dactylorhizas growing in the garden so this was not entirely surprising. Looking around, we quickly found another half dozen or so. By June we had nearly thirty and six flowered. As it is extremely unlikely that an orchid would flower in its first year above ground, it implied that I had been mowing them for at least one year!
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 13th June 2020
How to ruin a good lawn
Over the next few years more and more orchids came up. This year we have nearly one hundred if you include the seeding plants which I am getting better at spotting.

Because I cannot mow properly, the creeping buttercup really enjoys itself amongst the clusters of orchids. Lockdown has at least given me the opportunity to weed them out (Boring!) but there is still plenty to do.

I could of course just treat them with weed killer*, grub out the debris and revert to a perfect lawn - give or take a few mole hills but am I going to do this - NO!

* It might be worth using selective weedkiller anyway. These are based on killing dicots and, being monocots, orchids should be unaffected. Am I going to try this - well maybe but very carefully on a small patch.
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Cypripedium species
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Doritaenopsis Abed Nego 'Penny'
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Epidendrum pseudoepidendrum
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Masdevallia hybrid
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis Amel Tobia

(violacea indigo x pallens alba)
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis Caribbean Sunset x minus
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis Karine Herve
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis luddemanniana
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis Memoria Herman Sweet

(equestris x stobartiana)
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis speciosa purple
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis sumatrana red x amboinense white
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis violacea alba x manii v flava
orchidFrom Margaret Przywarska on 11th June 2020
Phalaenopsis Yaphon Christmas

(Yaphon Little Pixie x Yaphon Lover)
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Brassanthe Ria Meyer

I like this plant both for itself and the happy memories that come with it. Floriferous and slightly fragrant, it was given to me by the Trussels, very pleasant people, who used to run an orchid nursery, Whitmoor House, in North Devon. Ann gave it to me as they were leaving to go home after staying with us in order to attend a CANWOS Show. I'm not quite sure which year that was but I have a record of displaying it at the June 1997 CANWOS meeting.
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Brassanthe Ria Meyer

This is the best display I have ever had from it and it would have been better if I had trained the flowers a bit more. I repotted it a couple of years ago , replacing the three pots it was in (non-concentricly which is not my normal style) with this significantly larger one. I grow it fairly wet and suspect the couple of teaspoons of 'blood, fish and bone' that I sprinkled over the compost has had a benficial effect.
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Cattleya purpurata alba

This definitely the alba form; no ifs or buts!
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Cattleya purpurata alba
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Encyclia prismatocarpum flower
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Encyclia prismatocarpum spike
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Oncidium sphacelatum flower
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Oncidium sphacelatum plant
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Oncidium Splinter 'Norman' flower
orchidFrom Iain Wright on 7th June 2020
Oncidium Splinter 'Norman' plant
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 2nd June 2020
Dendrobium Chiyomi
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 2nd June 2020
Dendrobium eximium

Celia & I went to see Denys immediately it was legal to do so and sat in his garden drinking the flask of coffee we had brought with us. He let me go into his greenhouse on my own and take these photographs. When I showed him my photographs, he pointed out that this one was in fact Colin's.
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 2nd June 2020
Dendrobium farmeri
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 2nd June 2020
Dendrobium Milky Road
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 2nd June 2020
Dendrobium Spring Dream 'Apollon'
orchidFrom Denys Morten on 2nd June 2020
Phalaenopsis sumatrana