- Feb 1, 2019
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The cattleya parade continues with an original division of Rlc. George King 'Serendipity' AM/AOS (Rlc. Buttercup x C. Bob Betts) registered by G.A. King in 1970. Here is a link to it blooming earlier this year: LINK. William Livingston got the 82 point AM on this in 1975. How this only got an AM and not an FCC is beyond me. I grow in less-than-ideal conditions on a windowsill and it easily carries 3 massive, incredibly flat flowers with nearly overlapping petals, wide lateral sepals, and upright dorsals (sometimes). The color is nearly impossible to capture accurately, it is at once an odd gray-pink and a vibrant peach-apricot, and it looks like it's been dipped in diamond dust. This is one of those plants that everyone should grow, it grows vigorously and just loves to bloom - in a range of less-than-ideal conditions. It also has a wonderful rose-like fragrance that fills a room. One thing I find interesting is that this plant has been cloned on a massive scale for big box stores, and there is definitely a difference in the flower quality of original divisions and early/limited F1 cloning runs (I think Waldor had some recently) versus the massively scaled clones. The final photo is of 3 of my currently blooming cattleyas, all grown on the same south-facing windowsill. Left-right is Rlc. George King 'Serendipity' AM/AOS, C. Helen P. Dane AM/AOS, and C. Earl 'Imperialis' FCC/AOS. Both Rlc. George King and C. Earl have the famous C. Bow Bells as a grandparent, which I think nicely illustrates the impact C. Bow Bells had on cattleya breeding, and not just for the breeding of better whites, but other colors as well.