- Feb 1, 2019
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Having a slow year for slippers given all the bud blasting in late fall/early winter from treating for a recurrent thrip infestation. Thankfully, my cattleyas have seemed completely unperturbed, and I've been able to enjoy some blooms. This is the first blooming for me of an original division of Rlc. George King 'Serendipity' AM/AOS, registered in 1970. The cross is Buttercup x Bob Betts. This plant is pretty well known, and has been mericloned many many times, but original divisions are supposed to grow larger and hold more flowers when mature (so I've heard). Indeed, the older bulbs on this plant are massive, some of the largest I've seen on any catt. Hopefully, I'll be able to grow it well. It's been really fun to watch the color changes on this flower and it's been quite difficult to capture them on my camera. It opens a sort of antique, dusty looking gray-pink and has been picking up more and more peach/apricot undertones. A wonderful scent has just kicked in as well, that to me is a dead ringer for a David Austin rose. There likely won't be any further photo updates, because while I had it out to photograph it took a tumble off the table and landed upside-down. The leaves are all broken, and the flowers are pretty banged up.....sigh......At least I got to enjoy it for a few days!