Tall to Small
by Colleen Rochette
My favorite gentlman who grows my favorite hybrids was having a little sale…And this is what happened. What orchid Gal could resist such a thing? I would feel like a huge ass if I did not grab a handful of these easy-growing beauties for about $3.00 each!
So, Odontioda Taylor Barfield ‘This and That,’ Odontonia Papagena ‘Mi Amour,’ Aliceara Pacific Nova ‘Butter Buds,’ Odontocidium Sunny Daze ‘Hilo Bay,’ Wilsonara Pacific Panache ‘Fireside Fever’ and a second Rehfieldara Jerry ‘Pacific Empire’ have been brought aboard the S.S. Colleen. Of course, anything mixed with a Miltonia makes me drool. Big. Beautiful. Flowers. Ah!
Even though Rehfieldara Jerry ‘Pacific Empire’ is already on my roster, the grower had gifted me another. I could not complain, this orchid happens to be well-established and also in spike. Eventually the two Jerrys will meet and will be combined as a large, happy plant in a year or so.
A tiny little smidgen was slipped into the box too…That small-fry, all the way over on the right. This little peanut is a gorgeous Aliceara Pacific Nova ‘Butter Buds.’ I have murmured a very small prayer on her behalf, hoping that she survives! I have placed her right in the middle of all of my hybrids to ensure that they will keep her safe and make her strong.
Pre-potting ritual: The six sisters are soaking in the mini-mixture of Physan 20. The smaller the plants, the more portable my projects are. Isn’t it nice to know that I am not always working in my bathroom beside the big purple tub?
So the pretty little maids are lined up in a pretty little row. The cool-growers will probably reside with my collection in the bathroom. The others will set up camp in the living room with the remainder of the gang.
…and here is Jerry’s cheery spike. I love surprises.