Monday, December 29, 2014

Pretty picture: Vanda Pakchong Blue

We've seen this variety before, pretty consistently from year to year, even (2010, 2011, and maybe 2012), which makes me wonder if it's not just the same plant coming back over and over.

I mean, the only other explanation that would make sense would be that maybe there are just a lot of them out there. But I've only ever seen one per year at the show. So it's probably the same plant over and over.

Vanda Pakchong Blue = Vanda Doctor Anek x Vanda coerulea (Ref.)

Other news: I'll have two more Schlumbergera-bloom posts eventually (021 and 083, and you will definitely want to see 083: it's the best Schlumbergera seedling to date) for sure, and possibly several more (008, 012?, 019, 023, 027, 028, 030, 031, 061, 078, 084, 088) if buds don't drop first.

Anthurium #334 "Jean Poole" is developing nicely but has still not opened yet.

The other three new Anthurium buds (#132 "Eve Stropper," #241 "Megan Gigaterra," and #259 "Tasha Salad") are all still doing okay, but are so far from being ready to open that I'm trying not to get too excited. There's a first-ever bud on #594 ("Charity Case") as well. (Light to medium pink so far: nothing too exciting.)

First-generation berries: Anthurium 'Joli' (medium-sized, lavender to hot pink to orange-red) has in fact been pollinated. Still can't tell about 'Florida.' (huge, orange) Should have seeds to sow from 'Midori' (large, green) just any day now, as well as six spadices' worth of seeds from 'Pandola.' (large, pink)

Second-generation berries: nothing much on the horizon at the moment save for #203 "Anna Mae Hemensouz" (medium, dark red) and #231 "Rhea Listick" (medium, purple-pink). #234 "Ross Koz" (medium, purple-pink) has some berries forming but it seems like I've been waiting on them forever; ditto for #245 "Sawyer Ad" (medium-large, red) and #276 "Zach Religious" (medium-large, pink/red). I'm getting ready to move another set of seedlings into 3-inch pots soon, to make more room to start seeds, so expect the plant census to make another big jump. I could well wind up with 2000 by the end of 2015, if this sort of thing keeps up.


Liza said...

I'm looking forward to your Schlumbergera posts! (I look forward to any of your posts, but Sclums are so dang pretty.)

Mahee Ferlini said...

That is gorgeous!

Ginny Burton said...

Can't wait to see the next batch of your babies! Best wishes for a boffo 2015 with lots of new developments in the schlumbergera and anthurium crosses.

Cora said...

A happy New Year to you and all of your plants and animal/human companions. Are you still alive and ok?

mr_subjunctive said...


You too, on the New Year thing, but: why do you ask?

Cora said...

Because you kind of disappeared. There haven't been any new posts for a while, so I was wondering. Of course, you are not required to post anything, but I was wondering if you were just too busy or fed up with blogging or had other reasons. (Please don't be fed up. Your blog is great. I still look in every few days.) I don't want to be intrusive, though.

mr_subjunctive said...


I was confused because I thought possibly you hadn't seen the two posts I'd put up after this one, and wasn't sure how that was possible.

(This post is from December 29; you left your comment on January 14. There were new posts on January 4 and January 9, though. I'll concede that they weren't terribly chatty posts, but they were still new posts.)

In any case, there's not much connection between new blog content and me being personally okay, since some stuff gets scheduled well in advance. We're about to start Round 2 of the Schlumbergera seedling posts. I have posts written and scheduled to go up on January 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29. Three more plants had blooms on them this morning (#012, #088, and #061), and I took pictures, so I should be able to stretch the scheduled posts to February 2, if I can edit photos and write text in time. And then I think there will be at least three more Schlumbergera seedling posts after that before I run out of blooms to write about, by which point the Anthurium buds should be ready to start opening up again. So there'll be more frequent posts coming soon.