Phalaenopsis violacea ‘coerulea’ – 365 days of orchids – day 1705

Earlier this month I featrured the alba variety of Phalaenopsis violacea (below with the more a more common pink clone) and today we have the astonishing deep purply-blue Phalaenopsis violacea “coerulea’. The diversity within this species is extraordinary with all the plants being sweetly scented too. As I have said before Phalaenopsis violacea is native […]


Polystachya galeata – 365 days of orchids – day 1702

There aren’t many days in the year that our plants of Polystachya galeata aren’t in flower but yesterday I was reminded that it is well worth stopping for a close look at their subtle but attractive pink, green and cream flowers. Like most polystachyas this species is African and is found in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, […]


Cattleya maxima ‘coerulea’- 365 days of orchids – day 1701

Can I start today by thanking the wonderful students who worked hard yesterday afternoon and evening for our September open evening. It was lovely to see orchid friends (old and new) as well. Our Cattleya maxima ‘coerulea’ clearly wanted to be a part of our open evening and opened its grey blue flowers just in […]