I need to avoid orchid auctions. The rush of excitement overcomes me and I lose all sense of proportion. My initial auction strategy was to save all of my Jacksons for the kovachii hybrid. I thought it would make a lovely companion plant for my Eumelia Ariaz.
So, what was I doing bidding for a giant white phal.? The rational part of my brain said "you don't have room for that!" but another part said "Gor-geous! Must crush all competing bids!" Dionysus wins again and (above) Riley poses with the result. It's a Dtps. Devonshire Charm x P. City Girl. The hypnotic white flowers are striking but, as I struggled to fit it into my car after the auction, I realized that the plant should be a gift for my green-thumbed friend, a friend who loves plants but is currently orchid-less. Sorry, Riley.
So, what happened to my plan to go all-in for the kovachii hybrid? What happened to my quest for the amazing Phrag. Peruflora's Cirila Alca (kovachii x dalessandroi)? Well, that was before I won the phal., the catt (Blc. Chia Lin 'Shinsu #1' AM/JOGA), and the Mexipedilum xerophyticum 'Oaxaca' CBR/AOR x Phrag. 'Windy Hill' HCC/AOS seedling. By the time my target orchid went to the auction table I simply didn't have the resources to outbid the other Society member gunning for it. At least it went to a great home.
With what I had left, I jumped into one last bidding war and managed to snag Paph. adductum 'Dark Cloud' x gigantifolium 'Dark Warrior,' another promising long-petaled slipper orchid from the experts at the Orchid Inn, Ltd.
Although I didn't win the orchid I intended, I couldn't believe the deals. Next year at the Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City annual auction I'll bring a deeper bankroll and a calmer spirit. The pretty flower will be mine!