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This one is for Guldal.
If you only grow a couple of hybrid catts then this and the recently posted blue dinard are the way to go.
Quite apart from the lovely flower, it has the most amazing citrus scent that is evident across the whole room.
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This one is for Guldal.
Thank you, David. It's very beautifull - and what a pity, fragrance can't (yet) be transmitted!

There is an interesting article on AOS' homepage on the lineage of this highly complex hybrid: Rlc. George King

The buds of my bowringiana, by the way, seem almost to develop (at least a little bit) on a daily basis.
Just to temper my impatience: how long, do you think, should I expect to wait to see the plant in flower - the plant has just started to form little bouquet of buds (little by little starting to look a bit like the top of a green aspargus)?

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Guldal, different species develop their buds at different rates, some can be very quick. It also depends on temperature. But it could be as
little as a week from the appearance of buds out of the sheath to their opening. Mine have just appeared out of the sheath today!
Linus, I will take another photo tomorrow.
 

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If you only grow a couple of hybrid catts then this and the recently posted blue dinard are the way to go.
That is a physical impossibility to just grow 1 or 2 catts hahahaha. We know that 1 catt (not necessary a catt ---- but any particular orchid) usually ends up to become dozens, or hundreds ----- even thousands. There are too many amazing ones out there to stop at 1 or 2 heheh. All orchid flowers are fantastic. This is all light-heartedly of course.

The 'Serendipity' really is fantastic. I love that apricot pink ....... something not seen that much - this nice colour. It is certainly beautiful.

Starting out with a blue dinard and a serendipity (if one can find them) ------- is an excellent choice.
 
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Here are some whole plant shots for Linus. It’s about average for a hybrid catt in size and vigorous. The flowering growth already has a new shoot starting which may flower in the spring.
The flower also goes through some subtle colour changes. As it opens there is a definite pinky purple shade which gradually lessens over time and the flower becomes a unique clear peachy apricot.
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Gorgeous! Wonderful to see the plant and flowers in toto!

That is a physical impossibility to just grow 1 or 2 catts hahahaha.
I think David's remark was meant for me - knowing, that I in most matters orchidiadic am an (almost) incorrigible speciesist, he, actually wrote:
If you only grow a couple of hybrid catts...
That still makes room for growing thousands and thousands of species plants, right?! (If only...!)
 
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I think David's remark was meant for me - knowing, that I in most matters orchidiadic am an (almost) incorrigible speciesist,
hahaha. Guldal ----- since it looks like you are able to venture out of the state of being incorrigible ---- ie. 'almost' ---- from the perspective of species growing, then maybe you can later persuade yourself to become even more flexible and grow all kinds - species and hybrids. My take is ---- don't limit oneself (myself) heheheh. Just getting the best of all worlds!
 
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Guldal, the odd hybrid amongst lots of species just serves to demonstrate the diversity of orchids. I’ve moved to nearly all species catts over the last couple of years as there are very few that have the beautiful form of the species.
This one ‘bucks the trend’. It’s a very neat flower. What you cannot get from this is the amazing scent. I’m sat in the same room as the plant and every so often I get a whiff of clean citrus that I find very uplifting!
 

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I’ve moved to nearly all species catts over the last couple of years as there are very few that have the beautiful form of the species.
It is true that 'beauty' is in the eye(s) of the beholder. In my eyes, all flowers and all plants are beautiful. I see beauty in both species and in hybrids. We see many examples in nature where hybrids are 'beautiful'. Very beautiful - in form, colour, etc etc. But even if a species or hybrid flower or plant is crooked or something ------ it's still beautiful of course - naturally. Although ---- if somebody likes species only, or wishes to just focus on species ----- absolutely fine too!
 
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Well, well, the 'almost' signified the alarming movement from hardcore Paph-speciesist to a more mellow ecclectic stance...as my collection at the moment sports the following Paph. hybrids: Lady Isobel (f.k.a. Lady Isabel BS); Michael Koopowitz (young plant in good growth); 2 x Wössner Helene gx Green Charlene gp, BS; Cimabue, BS; Alexej and Dollgoldi - both very young plants; and, finally, I just bought another Alexej - a somewhat larger, good growing young plant (raised my hopes a wee bit about having a chance to see this hybrid flower in my life time! :cool: ).
 

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Thanks! Nice large flowers on a relatively small plant. I believe you are a windowsill grower monocotman? I may have to consider adding this to my collection.
 

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Well, well, the 'almost' signified the alarming movement from hardcore Paph-speciesist to a more mellow ecclectic stance...as my collection at the moment sports the following Paph. hybrids: Lady Isobel (f.k.a. Lady Isabel BS); Michael Koopowitz (young plant in good growth); 2 x Wössner Helene gx Green Charlene gp, BS; Cimabue, BS; Alexej and Dollgoldi - both very young plants; and, finally, I just bought another Alexej - a somewhat larger, good growing young plant (raised my hopes a wee bit about having a chance to see this hybrid flower in my life time! :cool: ).
Looking massively forward to seeing that hybrid flower too ------ from your future pics!

That still makes room for growing thousands and thousands of species plants, right?! (If only...!)
It does or can indeed hehehehe. Or at least, for the less extreme cases ------ we won't be limiting ourselves to just 1 or 2 species plants heheh.
 
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This one is for Guldal.
If you only grow a couple of hybrid catts then this and the recently posted blue dinard are the way to go.
Quite apart from the lovely flower, it has the most amazing citrus scent that is evident across the whole room.
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That's beautiful! I have one in my collection though it lost it's tags, so I'm waiting for it to bloom someday and id it. It got set back, but doing ok now, so maybe next year.
 

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Good lord. Those are fantastic. I do have 'Southern Cross' but I am now rather fond of these. Will add it to the list. Thanks for sharing.
 

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This one is just so nice. I love that long, slender tube. I have a grandchild of this plant, Rlc. Jessie Lee 'Hawaii' and it will be flowering soon. Will post photos :)
 

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As well as the lovely flower, for me it has the best scent of any cattleya hybrid. It is an intense citrus which fills the whole room during the day.
 
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