Monday, January 31, 2011

St. Louis Revelations

Paph. Maudiae 'Bankhouse' AM/AOS (Windy Hill)
The St. Louis Orchid Show had so many highlights it's hard to know where to start, but the biggest news was that three members of our Orchid Society won AOS awards. That's huge. Our Society won Best Society Exhibit and several of our members raked in ribbons. I also showed my first plant (B. Little Stars). It had obvious errors and I knew it had no hope, but it was a great experience nonetheless, and it kindled a sense of competitiveness that's made me think about my orchid collection in a different way.

C. Drumbeat 'Heritage' HCC/AOS
The Orchid Show coincided with the opening of the Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Exhibit, which runs through March. If you live within a 200 mile radius there's no excuse not to go. It's amazing! 

But the exhibit gave me a lot to ponder. How many Cattleyas do I really need? My mini-Catts are unassuming, but how many standard-sized Catts can I realistically grow and flower well? And if multiple exhibitors show massive specimens of Bc. Maikai 'Mayumi' HCC/AOS, perhaps that's a strong clue that my tiny version with six pseudobulbs isn't a ticket to orchid show success. 

Most of the orchids I've successfully bloomed are Paphiopedilums. I came home from St. Louis with a box of a dozen super gorgeous Paphs. from Windy Hill Gardens. They look so lush, healthy, and big. Most were blooming-size or near-blooming-size plants, but all of them take up less space than a few of my Cattleyas (Cattleyas that are years from blooming). Do you see where I'm going with this? 

I've seen the future. The future is slipper orchids. 

3 comments:

Orchid de dangau said...

Hi, just dropping here...to share my interest of your post. I really hope that I can have a chance to visit the Orchid show there in future. Your Paph so beautiful...if you free...come and visit my orchid blog http://orchidhut.blogspot.com

Tasha Dono said...

One is left to wonder, how will the reduction in Catts effect the C&C household balance?

CatsandCatts said...

Hi Orchid de dangau! Welcome! I will show more pictures from St. Louis this week. That green Paph. was grown and exhibited by Marilyn and Brian LeDoux of Windy Hill Gardens. They have beautiful Paphs.
Your blog is great, by the way. Great photos. I *love* seeing photos of orchid shows, so you can count on a new follower.

@Tasha -- Cats and Paphs just doesn't have the same kind of ring to it. Cattleyas are still my favorite and I get to see them every month. It's a process.