Sunday, July 17, 2005

Name this Orchid



I love orchids and Bromeliads. They are so exotic. Most of them last a long time and have tropical colors. In February, 2004, I bought an orchid at Candeleria flower exhibition here in San Miguel de Allende. It didn't have a bloom at the time but it was in with a couple of other orchids and bromeliads. The others died off and this one lived. I had it on the terrace but with the construction I moved it down to the patio. It must really like the new location because I noticed it was putting out a few new leaves. Up until now, it had been quite dormant.

Several times on Friday I caught a whiff of something sweet. I couldn't imagine what might be blooming in the patio. By Saturday morning the smell was stronger....much stronger and a sweet that wasn't so nice. Then I spied the spike on the orchid with one blossom that was opening just a crack. But I wasn't the only one that was smelling that smell, there were a couple of bee body insects with metallic coloring that were trying their best to get into the orchid. Through the day the blossom opened, heavy and hanging toward the ground.

It is an interesting orchid but I don't have a clue as to what it might be other than I know it isn't a phalaenopsis. Can you name this orchid?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've just discovered this blog through Flickr, and I'm enjoying it very much. I've always said that I would like to move to Mexico, how wonderful to be able to read about daily life before hand!

I am also interested in gardening and cooking, though I'm not much good at either.

Please know that your blog will have an eager appreciative audience in Orlando FL.

Thanks for posting the beautiful photos too.

BillieS said...

Thank you very much. I do hope you become a "regular."