First up, Masdevallia Snowbird (M. tovarensis x M. meijiana), which has lovely, white, long lasting blooms that - at least in my plant - are scented with a lovely mix of a clovey-cinnamon spice together with a floral scent that reminds me of jasmine. You'll notice it within a few feet of the plant, and definitely if you put your nose anywhere near it! This one hasn't flowered for me before, but when it got around to it, it certainly put on a show!
Another first time bloomer is my small Dendrochilum wenzelii, which when well established can put on quite a show. This is one of the plants Senior Management noted - at last year's (2011) EPOS Show - would be allowed into the OOAB house if one happened to find its way home. It did, mysteriously. :)
|NOID mini Phalaenopsis|
And now for some non-orchids (gasp!)
This is one of Senior Management's favourite plants and its blooms stay open for a very short time indeed, so I thought I'd try and take a picture that might make a nice desktop backgroud. If you'd like to see some awesome time lapse footage of similar plants opening, have a look over at Plantgasm's Timelapse section.
|Although commonly known as Amaryllis, these are in fact a cultivar of Hippeastrum.|
|I'm not sure what this little semi-succulent plant is, but I just love the anthers.|
It has a slightly odd, pungent garlicky smell when in bloom.
As always, don't forget you can click on any of the pictures if you'd like to see a larger version!