Go ahead….feed that orchid addiction…

Nov 9, 2009

I used to have a kitty cat named Pierre.  He was super sweet...and super pretty. A blue Russian type mutt, Pierre never met a stranger. He loved his mommy and would have been happiest if I just carried him around in a papoose all day. But, seeing as he weighed about 22lbs..that was just not going to happen! Anyhoo...I had to put him to sleep last summer. Very sad. Pierre had a special talent...a talent for sniffing out the very moment an orchid flower was about to open...so he could eat it. Yes, eat it. I used keep a bevy of orchids in my house, but due to Pierre's tastes that collection dwindled. I have a penchant for Paphiopedilums (slipper orchids), but those were some of Pierre's favorites. I even resorted growing them in glass cookie jars so I could keep a lid on them until they bloomed, but it never failed that Pierre would chomp the flower off just as I removed the lid to let the bloom emerge. Well, now that Pierre has moved on into the Light, I've started "acquiring" again. Here are a few new lovelies...

Paph_exodusPaphiopedulum hybrid (Supersuk 'Eureka' AM/AOS x Raisin Pie 'Hsinying') x Sib 

Paph2 Paphiopedulum hybrid (Supersuk 'Eureka' AM/AOS x Raisin Pie 'Hsinying') x Sib

Now...both of the above are labeled as the same hybrid, so I'm going to have to do some research on those...

Paph3  Paphiopedulum hybrid (Ninja 'Conquest' HCC/AOS x Oriental Enchantment 'Clarity')



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Diane
Nov 09, 2009
4:15 pm

Hi Leslie…I’m so sorry about Pierre; but your orchids are absolutely beautiful…spectacular.  I love orchids but mine are just languishing in the greenhouse.  Can’t seem to get them to rebloom.  Thanks for sharing.

Alessandra
Nov 09, 2009
4:37 pm

Sorry for your Pierre. I also have a killer orchid cat. His name is Bronto. We used to live in Florida and he was after att the palm tree leaves, the pointy ones. Now that we move to DFW he is after all the pointy leaves in my orchids ... but I think I am lucky after reading your story. Bronto doesn’t eat the flowers.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Nov 09, 2009
4:40 pm

Diane…what species of orchids are they?

Leslie Finical Halleck
Nov 09, 2009
4:41 pm

Alessandra..Hi! Yes…eating the blooms is way worse! You work really hard to get them to rebloom and just as you’re about to be rewarded, you discover the flowers are gone! It was a bummer…lol

Leslie Finical Halleck
Nov 09, 2009
4:42 pm

Alessandra, btw, we put some of your garden photos up in our store! Also, we’d like to feature you in our newsletter next month…so you may be hearing from my marketing manager, Nikki…

Diane
Nov 09, 2009
5:20 pm

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