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Off to an early start this year, adding lights to the greenhouse seems to have worked wonders.

Normally a March bloomer, Wössner Black Wings 'Bitis Botanical' AM/AOS is almost fully open. This was my first awarded plant, unfortunately the first bud blasted, I lost quite a few buds when I had to run supplemental propane heat for the arctic blast but I'll take that over losing plants.
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First roths of the year is a first bloom 'Gold Dynasty' x 'Giant Wings', sibling to my favorite first bloomer last year and looks like it will have similarly saturated color.

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Last year's sibling:
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Yang-ji Apple. I hate it, I want to toss it over the fence and then scour my collection for any remaining Yang-ji Apples and Hung Sheng Generals and toss them after it for good measure. 😂

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Saint Swithin, another victim of the propane heater. I'm torn on this one, I like it but I don't know that I like it enough to justify keeping such a big plant that has not improved its flower count past three in three bloom cycles. 30 cm NS with a 4.7 cm dorsal is nice but not sure it will ever be awardable. Not in a rush to get rid of it but it probably won't stay forever.

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I love this spicerianum, it's a big, chunky and reliable plant that blooms every January like clockwork. I pollinated it with my tigrinum 'Peanut' AM/AOS for a little speculative fun.

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Some not Paphs:

Nottara Lucy's Sassafrass 'Tightie Whitie' FCC/AOS
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Another Lucy's Sassafras, not quite as nice as Tightie Whitie but I think it could be an AM when I can get it to judging.

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That Saint Swithin is quite nice. I love the color and the patterns on the dorsal.
Maybe it may bloom with 4-5 flowers per spike on its next cycle?
Your greenhouse looks full of flowering plants!!
 

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That Saint Swithin is quite nice. I love the color and the patterns on the dorsal.
Maybe it may bloom with 4-5 flowers per spike on its next cycle?
Your greenhouse looks full of flowering plants!!

After three bloom cycles I'm doubting it will improve, but I like it enough to let it hang out until I need space so we'll see.
 

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Congrats!! I got rid of all my haynaldianum. lol
I want a dark and vividly colored one that makes lots of flowers like those Hadley Cash had.
Btw, I see the one flower (is that WBW Bitis?) missing a pouch. Have you already crossed it with something or was for easier harvest of pollen?
 

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Congrats!! I got rid of all my haynaldianum. lol
I want a dark and vividly colored one that makes lots of flowers like those Hadley Cash had.
Btw, I see the one flower (is that WBW Bitis?) missing a pouch. Have you already crossed it with something or was for easier harvest of pollen?
I crossed it to 'Gabby' and pulled your pollen.
 
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If I wasn't for the staminode I'd be wondering if this was a Wössner Black Wings, not much of the stonei influence coming through.
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First roths flower looks more or less fully open and the second is on the way.

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A second Hsinying Anita is opening, looks like it will be nearly identical to the first. A surprising outcome with how variable the cross seems to be but not unwelcome.

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Roths 'Black Bird' x 'Mont Milais' is painfully slow to open but I see a nice dark pouch in there.

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say more about "this one won't be staying."

looks like 3 flowers, and still opening the first...

and first bloom?
 

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