Monday, January 16, 2017

New growing season in full swing

My beautiful stanhopea orchids flowering at the moment - many already showcasing their special, majestic blooms and many sending out new flower spikes to bloom later in the season. This year our weather is rather trying here in Sydney - very very hot and very very humid conditions making the major task watering and misting of all of my plants making sure they all receive the attention they require.

If you been growing stanhopea's for a while you will know that every growing season is different, each presenting different challenges and one learns to adapt to Nature because it's flowering time for stanhopea's.
Of course, in this heat the blooms don't last as long as one wants and pictures have to be taken very early in the morning as flowers just opening up and there are many other small adjustments required to bring the plants to it's optimum flowering stage, but all of them really just for one goal - after full year to see beautiful stanhopea's bloom once again, to greet old time favorites, to welcome new species and varieties and to experience and to glimpse at the Essence of Stanhopea's orchids.

Stanhopea Memoria Paul Allen
Stanhopea Tigrina var nigroviolacea var “Eddon” FCC/AOS  
Stanhopea costaricensis “Patsy”
Stanhopea devoniensis x Assidensis

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Stanhopea insignis

Stanhopea insignis1 
Stanhopea insignis2 
This beautiful stanhopea just finished it's flowering and I always love to see this beauty in bloom. Stanhopea insignis is one of the first stanhopea orchids been discovered in 1818 and as usual it have very colorful and interesting history. In 1829 it ended in Kew Botanical Gardens  and from there on been appearing in various private collections.

To trace appearance of stanhopea insignis is like immersing oneself in stanhopea orchids history and archives - it's been described and mentioned in various publications by orchid collectors such as John Frost, William Jackson Hooker, Jenisch/Kramer of Hamburg,  Demidoff of Italy,  Hoffmannsegge of Dresden, Linden of Ghent, Loddiges of Hackney, and Sir Phillip Henry Earl of Stanhope the president of medical-botanical society in London - all of them made tremendous contribution to bringing stanhopea species to the world. Stanhopea insignis was the first stanhopea specie named.

The plant native to states of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Santa Caterina and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and it's habitat rather dry which gives clue to it's successful flowering.

This specie extremely variable in  colors, there are quite a few different clones about, some a pure pristine white and my plant showing white background with many purple dots all over the flower. The scent to me smells like pure cinnamon - strong, piercing, penetrating.

Stanhopea insignis ( from Latin - remarkable) beautiful stanhopea orchid to love and to admire and to reflect on it's interesting history.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stanhopea Tigrina x Assidensis

Stanhopea Tigrina x Assidensis1 
Stanhopea Tigrina x Assidensis2  
This beauty have an abundance of flowers and the scent is very strong and pleasing - it's everything every stanhopea grower and collector wants to see. It have multitude of sculptured blooms, heavenly scent, strong hardy and vigorous growth, plant not shy at all sending many flower spikes during it's growing season. My stanhopea's Tigrina x Assidensis frequently flower couple of times every season.

Technically, of course, it's 2nd generation cross since stanhopea Assidensis is a hybrid between tigrina and wardii and in this orchid it seems to be able to show it's fine qualities to the full. Standing next to this stanhopea when it's in bloom an experience not easily forgotten when one enveloped with strong, penetrating vanilla and marshmallow perfume.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stanhopea embreei x graveolens

Stanhopea embreei x graveolens1
Stanhopea embreei x graveolens 2
Our new stanhopea flowering season already started here and I am looking forward again being surrounded by beautiful and exotic creations of Nature. Hopefully, I will be able to feature and share some of my flowering beauties again in this blog.

The first one to flower in my collection this handsome cross  of stanhopea embreei x stanhopea graveolens. It came to me as small unflowered seedling couple of years ago and I've been waiting for a while to see it's blooms.

It's a strong, robust plant, strong grower that develops many leaves and bulbs during it's growing season, establishing quickly and the flowers are very nice and perfectly sculptured.
From graveolens parent it inherited deep yellow tones and from embreei many purple dots on the petals, distinct eyes and really strong fruity and spicy scent - really nice combination.

It's always great to welcome new variety of stanhopea to own collection and to love and admire and to reflect on the beauty of these orchids.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Some of my flowering stanhopea's

Stanhopea Wetley Secret 
Stanhopea Wardii Clear
Stanhopea Spindleriana
My stanhopea flowering season continues with many of my orchids putting up spectacular show.
Our weather is hot and humid at the moment and it's a race for me to take as many pictures as I can of my beloved stanhopea's while the flowers are fresh at their opening stage. Watering and misting of plants during this time is of paramount importance and after that - just enjoyment of beautiful scented blooms.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stanhopea Hidden Agenda

Stanhopea Hidden Agenda1 
Stanhopea Hidden Agenda2  
This beautiful orchid just finished it's flowering season and it's stanhopea Hidden Agenda - rather special and interesting cross of stanhopea insignis and stanhopea posadae. it was registered in 2004 by D Pulley of California and it's extraordinary, unusual looking stanhopea.

I've been patiently waiting to see it bloom for a while and this season it decided to flower, it did not disappoint - bold, mysterious, unique, dramatic - hybrid created with huge respect to both parents by one of the leading orchid's experts. One can see an intelligently planned design in this cross with tremendous affection for stanhopea's.

 The plant is of medium size and the blooms of bright yellow with many burgundy color markings. The scent is just as mysterious as the flowers -   strong, heady with many layers of spices and herbs - sharp and penetrating. 

Hidden Agenda is a special stanhopea that will be much welcomed by any collector and grower of these beautiful orchids.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Flowering stanhopea's this week

Stanhopea Bellarensis x inodora 
Stanhopea nigroviolacea
Stanhopea inodora x wardii aurea
Our stanhopea flowering season continues with many of my new plants started it's blooming season and some old favorites showing off it's beautiful scented flowers.

Every stanhopea grower knows that each season brings something different and it's all to do with weather changes during the year. All the elements are playing their part producing this wonder of Nature so when your plants start flowering it's always an anticipation to see beautiful orchids once again.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Stanhopea nigroviolacea x self

Stanhopea nigroviolacea x self 1
Stanhopea nigroviolacea x self 2
We are currently in the middle of our summer and many of my stanhopea's blooming at the moment. Our hot and humid temperamental weather seems to bring strong and vivid colors of my stanhopea's and major task right now is to keep them well watered.  And of course, to enjoy their fabulous blooms and scents.

This nigroviolacea x self just finished it's flowering showing off it's huge, majestic flowers and heady, strong vanilla/chocolate perfume. Technically, of course it's stanhopea tigrina var nigroviolacea and this clone displaying clear, strong, brilliant colors enjoyed by everyone.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Stanhopea graveolens x greerii

This handsome stanhopea just finished it's flowering season. It's a very interesting cross of stanhopea graveolens and stanhopea grerii. I've been patiently waiting to see this beauty in flower for a while, since it have such a great parentage.

It have perfectly sculptured flowers and a kind of luminous appearance, special and strong heady scent reminiscent of herbs and many spices - there are many layers to it's perfume that comes in waves.

It's a beautiful addition to my ever-growing stanhopea collection and I am looking forward learning with it and seeing more of it's special, majestic blooms.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Stanhopea's in blooms at the moment

stanhopea x fowlieana
stanhopea tigrina Glory of Mexico
stanhopea Jack Quigley
Here we are in the middle of stanhopea's flowering time and many of my orchids are displaying splendid blooms again.

It's a pleasure to see lovely perfectly formed flowers and spikes and to re-connect with majestic multi-layered scents created by Mother Nature. The ultimate goal would be to able to capture this "Perfume of the Gods" so that one could smell it at any time one needs a pick me up, but of course that would be encroaching on "time" and for everything under the sun there is an appropriate "time".

So, like every stanhopea grower I have to satisfy myself with short-lived flowers and short-lived stanhopea scents - and marvel at the nature for creating such beauty. Many times during the day I visit my greenhouse just to be able to immerse myself in heavenly exotic perfume. I love how these beautiful orchids play on unsuspected grower - if one stay with them for a few minutes they will release first base notes of the scents which are usually forceful and strong, but if one spends a little bit of more time near them - then the whole kaleidoscope of secondary perfumes start revealing itself - completely different yet so complementary that comes in waves.
It's like composing a colorful palette where every color and scent  paints a beautiful signature and picture with the senses.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Stanhopea shuttleworthii - light clone Libano area

Stanhopea shuttleworthii - Libano 1 light clone
Stanhopea shuttleworthii - Libano light clone 2
Our stanhopea flowering season here already started and at the moment I have many blooming plants which I hope to feature in this blog soon.

One of the first ones to flower was stanhopea shuttleworthii, unusual and interesting light colored clone native only to a small area of Libano in Colombia - the whole blooms of the lighter pastel colors with very nice strong herbal and spicy scent. I purchased this orchid a few years ago and been waiting patiently for it to bloom and this season it's first flowering time - it did not disappointed - large, perfectly sculptured blooms with heavenly scent - another great addition to my stanhopea range. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stanhopea Great Expectations

Here is an interesting stanhopea cross from my collection - it's a hybrid between stanhopea nigroviolacea and stanhopea hernandezii, registered under the name Great Expectations by D Hartley of England in 2007.

It flowers with beautifu, flamboyant blooms and one can see both parents in the structure of flowers. It always producing flower spike with two flowers, just like hernandezii and it's always showing very clearly hernandezii lip structure, but the petals of the flowers inherited nigraviolacea coloring. The scent isvery sweet vanilla with herbal undertones, very strong and penetrating.

Stanhopea Great Expectations is another attractive addition to any stanhopea collection.                                                                                                                                                                  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Stanhopea panamensis

This beautiful stanhopea bloomed right at the end ouf flowering season and it's stanhopea panamensis. Its native to Panama and it appears to be only growing in the area of the Cerro Campana, approx 50 km southwest of Panama City in high altitude of wet rainforests.

It was first mentioned in one of the orchids publications in 1988 and to date number of colored plants been discovered from pure white to heavy spotted varieties however all of them have stretched hypochil, flat and long.

My panamensis orchid have light coloring with a few spots on the petals, very interesting combination and it flowered with the most magical scent, layered with many tones to it. One can smell top floral tones followed by musk followed by herbal mixture - pure delight!

This specie well worth growing for any stanhopea collector, it's unusual and sometimes temperamental in cultivation - some years it appears to be just resting and then suddenly decides to reward patient stanhopea grower with beautiful blooms.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Stanhopea's New 2014 blooming season started!

Well, it's been a long weit for me, but finally new stanhopea flowering season is upon us here in Australia. For a dedicated "stanhopea lover" like me a few months without fabolous flowers at times difficult to endure, yet while logically I understand that one can not harry-up Nature, good luck explaining THAT concept to the heart...

What helps me during cold winter months is going over many many stanhopea pictures that I take during blooming seasons, remebering scents and smells, reading and learning more about natural envirnoment of some of the species, trying to replicate at least some of them in cultivation and collecting more of these beautiful plants. As with any stanhopea collector, it all comes down to patience - these orchids have way of testing it like no others...

And of course when one finally discovers some flower spikes pushing through the planters - everything is forgotten - just huge anticipation from seeing old friends in bloom again and meeting and discover new for me varieties and species.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Stanhopea anfracta

This beautiful stanhopea bloomed right at the end of our flowering season and it's stanhopea anfracta, special orchid from Peru, from the eastern side of the Andes.

It was first discovered in late 1890,s and susequently ended up in Shuttleworth's collection in Heaton, England who first documented this specie.

My stanhopea anfracta is a pale form of this specie and there are many vartations to this stanhopea - it very variable in color from pristine white to darker, almost orange hues.

It;s beautiful stanhopea with heavenly scent that have many layers to it - initial strong sweet/herbal mixture that follows by strong scent of murrh - an absolute delight! Beautiful creation of Nature and another special stanhopea for any collector of these unique orchids.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Stanhopea's end of season flowering

Our flowering season is finishing now and here are some pictures of my late flowering stanhopea's.
Because our weather is still relatively mild, a lot of my plants started growing new shoots and bulbs, preparing themselves for next blooming season.

Stanhopea Devoniensis x Assidensis

Stanhopea Ronsard
Stanhopea Jack Quigley

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stanhopea saccata "Libra" CBM/AOS

One of my beautiful stanhopea saccata variety just finished its blooming and its stanhopea saccata "Libra", unusual and iteresting awarded variety.
I've had this plant for a number of years and been waiting to see it's flowers for a while and only this season its decided to flower and to show off it's special blooms.

The flowers of this variety is very small, much smaller than all other saccata's in my collection which is very unusual for this specie and they are very nicely sculptured and colored. The background color is pristine white with many purple dots all over the petalswith very bright yellow middle and the scent is very strong cinnamon with another layer of sweet herbal mixture, very plesant and "fresh".

This is another beautiful flamboyant looking stanhopea and I am delighted seeing it flowering this season.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Stanhopea's flowering now

Some more pictures of my flowering stanhopea's. It appears that our hot weather now is behind us which means that the flowers on my stanhopea's staying open a lot longer. During our hot weather they were open only for a couple of days but now I can enjoy them for about a week and appreciate their delicate blooms longer.

Stanhopea graveolens var aurata
Stanhopea wardii clear
Stanhopea ruckerii var speciosa

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Flowering season continues

Here more pictures of my flowering stanhopeas. Some of my mid-season blooming plants started to put up a show and it's always nice to have in a collection plants that extand flowering season.
Some varieties and crossess flower early. some mid-season and some quite late giving much pleasure and enjoyment to any stanhopea collector.

Stanhopea tigrina var albescence
Stanhopea embreei x wardii

Stanhopea pseudoradiosa

Friday, February 1, 2013

Stanhopea connata

This beautiful stanhopea from my collection just finished flowering this season and it's another stanhopea with colorful and interesting history.

Stanhopea connata was first described and documented in 1850's from the plant collected by famous orchid collector Joseph Warsewicz on his last voyage to Northern Peru. The living plant reached collection of Kunst and Matthieu in Germany where it was studied and called new stanhopea species. At the later stage it ended in herbarium in Berlin. In March 1943 after intense Allied bombing raid Berlin's herbarium was totally destroyed by fire, together with all plant material. What we know now about this specie due to huge contribution by various collectors, botanists and plant historians.

Stanhopea connata ( connate, connected) named this way due to the structure of the column connected with the basis of the lip in a unique for a stanhopea way. It grows along the eastern slopes of Andes in Peru. Plants often grow directly above open water, which gives clue to their sucessful cultivation.

The plant itself is of medium size and it displays beautiful orange colored blooms with many marks on the petals with darker rounder middle and the scent is very complex and multi-layered. One can smell many spices and herbs, heavy aroma's and almost buttered fragrances. It's one of those scents that is so difficult to describe that comes in waves and spending a few minutes with a flowering plant gives huge feast to the senses not easily forgotten.

Another special stanhopea  for anyone who appreciates these orchids and I am delighted being able to see this beauty in bloom this season.

Stanhopea connata
Stanhopea connata

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fabulous stanhopea's blooming this week

Here are some more pictures of my flowering stanhopea's that bloomed this week in the middle of our hot and humid weather. The greenhouse started to smell like an old-fashioned perfumery, every imaginable scent and fragrance is reperesented - vanilla, chocolate, spices, herbs, floral bouquets, various fruits and heavier aromas like myrrh and sandalwood. I love spending time with my flowering stanhopea's and marvel at the Nature's unique creation.

Stanhopea Posadarum
Stanhopea Bellarensis x Inodora
Stanhopea oculata var pallida