Thursday, June 21, 2012

Been a Long Time

There have been many changes in my life over the past two years, some sad and some very happy. Because I have been so busy, and my house is small with little growing room, I decided to find homes for almost all my violets. I kept four, and a few Chirita, which I understand are now renamed Primulina. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

JoAnne Martinez
 JoAnne Martinez above and below
JoAnne Martinez

Patina, natural light
 Patina, above, natural light, flash below
Patina with flash
 Silver Surfer, below
Silver Surfer
 Longgangensis blooms, below. This one is almost always in bloom!

 Above and below, Piccolo
 Below, JoAnne Martinez bloom close up
JoAnne Martinez
Below, Rachel 
 Below, Kitaguni
Below, Piccolo in another light
 Below, Silver Surfer, this one rarely blooms for me
Silver Surfer

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Diane Marie

Here are a couple bloom studies of Chirita Diane Marie

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday morning bloom

Just thought I would share this chirita bloom with you. This is Chirita Destiny.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Trio from one plant

Since the orchids have dropped their flowers (the plants are STILL alive---wonder of wonders), I decided to post the newest blooms of interest. Last year I set leaves from Optimara Little Apatite. This one of my favorite Little Jewels. Some of the Little Jewels get wonky over time and you need to set leaves and toss the plant. Some sport in warm weather, like Opal, which will turn all purple and never turn back. I could go on, but if you really want to study the idiosyncrasies of the Little Jewels, visit my website. Anyway, I grew out three baby plants. One has true Apatite leaves, so I figured it would bloom true. The other two have light green leaves, so I figured I would get two Crystals, the registered sport of Apatite.

Here is the momma plant (two different lighting situations---NOTE--all the Apatite blooms on this page are the same exact color, but they look different under different lighting situations. So let that be a lesson in bloom color on the internet):

Optimara Little Apatite - Window lighting

Optimara Little Apatite - Indoor lighting

And the babies:

Optimara Little Apatite

Two babies had light green leaves, so here is the expected and registered Apatite sport, Optimara Little Crystal

And surprise!! The other green-leaved one turned out to be another registered sport, 
Amethyst Confetti (7555) 09/20/1991 (C. Carter) Single-semidouble chimera purple wasp/wide white stripe. Medium green, heart-shaped, pointed, hairy, glossy. Miniature.

Too cute!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Treat

I love the orchid my daughter bought me so much I decided to treat myself. This is Odontocidium Wildcat "Rainbow"

The pseudo bulbs are cool!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


My daughter bought me a gift. We saw so many beautiful orchids! Then I saw this green Lady Slipper and I gasped, so she grabbed it and put it in the cart. I tried to make her put it back but that didn't work LOL

The dragonfly clip is cute, too

Neat markings!

The leaves are gorgeous!

I think it's too pretty, I'll never be able to take care of it properly, but I'm going to try. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bloom Time!

Richter's Green Dawn

Richter's Green Dawn again

Chirita Moonlight

Chirita Diane Marie