We got a new shipment of plants in at the beginning of November, and among them were six new Dendrobiums. One was the "Humphrey Bogart" variety that I mentioned in a previous post, and one was, if not 'Hollywood,' then at least something very close to it in color. These are the other four. None of them had ID tags.
I don't know that it's a huge deal not to know what the variety name is on these -- it's not going to make much of a difference in how they're cared for or what they're going to do -- but it bugs me not to be told anyway. If nothing else, having the names handy means that I can ask for the same plants again, if they turn out to be exceptionally cool, popular, interesting, or whatever.
I now have two Dendrobiums, by the way, both keikis, and I picked up my first non-Dendrobium about a month ago (Brassiolaeliocattleya Helene Brown), which was also a tiny plant and relatively cheap. Last Saturday, I went out with the husband for a little while and was brutally attacked by a vicious Paphiopedilum (Paph. Supersuk 'Eureka' x Paph. Raisin Pie 'Hsinying' x Sib, whatever all that means) that would not leave me alone until I purchased it.
Add these to the Ludisia discolor I already owned, and we've gone from one orchid to five orchids in a matter of two months. I sense a slippery slope around here somewhere.
Also, I have to say, I would really like to know how an orchid gets the name "Supersuk." It seems like it would have to be an interesting story.
There will probably be a post about the Paphiopedilum in the very near future.