Cattleya Portia var. coerulea

Two of the five inflorescents on the cattleya Portia var. coerulea have bloomed, they look especially pretty beside the pink bougainvillea blooming in the corner of my grow room.

The last picture shows an unknown variety of stanhopea that I picked up at John’s sale. You can see two inflorescents coming out of the bottom of the cage it’s sitting in — for obvious reasons, this particular type of orchid can’t be placed in a regular pot, because the blooms would get trapped trying to emerge from the bottom. This plant will bloom in the next day or two. I used to think stanhopea’s were ugly orchids, but I think “bizarre” is a better description of them. And they do have a lovely scent when they open.