Would you like to see my orchids that are flowering this week?

Orchids in flower this week

This weekend I have been admiring the beauty and grace of some of my orchids that are in flower.  I am very fortunate to have been able to gather my orchid collection together, I don’t want to keep these orchids away from prying eyes, far from it – I’d love to share their flowers with you!

These orchids aren’t all growing together – the plants are growing in a number of different terrariums around my home.  I don’t have the luxury of the time required to show you every one of my orchids that’s in bloom today, but I wanted to celebrate the moment, so I thought it would be nice to show you some of my plants whose flowers you haven’t seen many times before.

Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’

Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’.

This is Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’.  This particular form of this epiphytic orchid species hails from the Municipality of Aparri, in the Philippines.  Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ is a small sized orchid species, which produces white flowers that are infused with a perfect-for-princesses-pink colour!  This plant started flowering around a couple of weeks ago.

A closer look at an individual Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ flower.
Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ pictured with a British Five Pence Piece coin to show the scale of this orchid’s flowers. This orchid species is about half the size of the typical Phalaenopsis hybrids that you can purchase at the supermarket.
This Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ specimen is delighting me with its white flowers which are beautifully infused with a delicate, princess pink.
A closer look at an individual Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ flower as it opens.
A closer look at an individual Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ flower.

Aerangis hariotiana

It’s not always easy to tell the size of a plant from a picture, so I am always adding in coins, and when I can borrow a hand to show the scale of a plant, I will! This is Aerangis hariotiana, quite simply a charming little plant from the Comoros Islands.

This is Aerangis hariotiana, this is a very young orchid specimen – mature specimens produce a great number of rust coloured, pendent inflorescences.  This orchid species was named after an orchid collector, Paul Auguste Hariot, who was one of the first to describe this orchid species.

A closer look at this Aerangis hariotiana specimen’s inflorescence.
Aerangis hariotiana pictured with a British Five Pence Piece coin to show the scale of this orchid’s flowers.

Phalaenopsis malipoensis

These Phalaenopsis malipoensis flowers look like they are dancing in today’s balmy summer breeze.

Phalaenopsis malipoensis is an orchid species that requires a lengthy flower production period while the plant’s flowers are in early, and indeed every, stage of development.

I currently have another Phalaenopsis malipoensis plant, which is growing inside my Orchidarium that is currently in bud as I write to you today.  This plant’s previous flowering attempt was in vain, as the plant’s flower buds were aborted not long after they began developing.  As I write to you now, this other Phalaenopsis malipoensis specimen’s flower buds have developed further than the plant’s last aborted flowering attempt.  I have my fingers crossed that this plant’s current flowering attempt is more successful than the last!

The Phalaenopsis malipoensis flowers that you see pictured above and below were produced by another Phalaenopsis malipoensis plant, one that’s growing inside a separate terrarium.

A closer examination of these cheerful Phalaenopsis malipoensis blooms.

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ produces ochre-lime green inflorescences that form along the plant’s flowering stems, where they open in succession, one after the other.

Inside another of my terrariums, I am growing this Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi specimen that you see pictured above and below.  Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi is an orchid species that produces a variety of different coloured flower forms, the plant you see pictured here is the ochre-lime green flowered form of this Phalaenopsis species, which I purchased as Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’.

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ produces ochre-lime green coloured inflorescences, which have an elegant, rather polished appearance.
Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ produces very stylish, glossy inflorescences.
Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ produces star shaped inflorescences which are slightly fragrant.
Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’.

Schoenorchis fragrans and Schoenorchis tixieri

The fairytale flowers of Schoenorchis fragrans and Schoenorchis tixieri never fail to delight me!

These two Schoenorchis plants are growing inside my Orchidarium, where they bring so much cheer to this enclosed environment.  I just love Schoenorchis, these dainty little orchids are utterly charming!

Schoenorchis tixieri in bloom, as pictured on the 19th June 2018.

Schoenorchis fragrans produces lightly fragrant blooms, which are the perfect size for a passing flower fairy!

I think that all Schoenorchis species are very handsome indeed, even when the plants aren’t in flower this orchid genus has a particular beauty and attraction.  However, these miniature orchid species seem to attract scale insects, so make sure that you check your plants regularly for any unwanted residents housed safely, and discretely, between your plant’s leaves.  I find that photographing my plants and then using the zoom feature to make a thorough examination of each specimen is the easier, quicker, and most effective method of doing this.

Schoenorchis fragrans pictured in flower, on the 29th June 2018.

Oncidium hians

Oncidium hians, with its tall flowering stems.

Oncidium hians is also growing inside my Orchidarium.  This is a very elegant flowered orchid, the inflorescences are even more beautiful when you study them closely.  Oncidium hians is a very endearing plant!

A closer look at Oncidium hians in flower, as pictured on the 29th June 2018.

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia in flower, as pictured on the 29th June 2018.

Oh my goodness, I am head over heals in love with Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia!  This is the pastel yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis lobbii, this form is a pure delight!  I love the happy colour of this Phalaenopsis’ flower, there’s never a muddy coloured flower to be seen on this specimen, it’s sunny, happy Easter coloured yellow blooms all the way, even on elderly flowers such as this one that you see pictured above.

This particular Phalaenopsis plant is growing inside my Orchidarium, this plant began flowering this year during January 2018.  Since January, this orchid specimen has been producing flowers intermittently, with varying gaps from one flower finishing to the next bloom being produced.

Other articles that may interest you……………..

To read about the Queen of the orchids and see photographs of this orchid species in flower at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, please click here.

To see a planting list of a variety of different types of plants suited to terrarium growing, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascan Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read about the new features of the updated 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium, please click here.

For a planting list of miniature orchids suited to growing inside terrariums, please click here.

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