Friday, August 3, 2007

Now Blooming: Encyclia Cochleata



I grow this Encyclia Cochleata mounted to a section of tree branch. This branch is hung in the same Callistemon (Bottle Brush) tree that I grow my Stanhopea in.

It began blooming in May when this photo was taken, but is still blooming now with more buds yet to open. Some Encyclia growers will tell you that if you are growing them correctly, they should never be without a flower, (but between you and me, I think they are just party-poopers.)

If youd like more information on Encyclias, a good overview can be found at Orchids of the World, and more detailed info at Encyclia Enthusiasts. Have fun exloring!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very pretty Lavender! THOSE are the orchids (Encyclias) I would use for corsages when a florist! Trade secret especially for weddings ;) Very delicate, spidery and feminine. Beautiful photograph! South African plants do seem to do well in Australia (maybe because we were once part of it).

Anonymous said...

OH! Forgot to tell you ... my first orchids (very late) finally started opening yesterday! Lets hope all this rain doesn't damage them before the ELEVEN spires open! :) It's a good year ...

Lavender said...

Oh yes, they'd be stunning in a corsage, and theres nothing more special than orchids.
Good point on the African plants, very astute of you :)
Im hoping that the sun is going to be out on your best bloom day - so youll have a chance to share your beautys with us - what a show youre going to have!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Blooming lovely, Lavender!

Lavender said...

Ta Captain!

Ces said...

Lovely, absolutely lovely. I miss my Mother. She was an orchid grower. Beautiful flowers.

Lavender said...

{{{Hugs for Ces}}}