While Fall is in full swing outdoors, my indoor garden is only just hitting its stride. I'm cheating more than usual, as four of my seven blooms were purchased or acquired either in bloom or developing flowers.
This table full of plants in my new bedroom showcases some of my current favorites, including four blooming orchids.
This Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian 'V3' also made the trip from Washington in spike, though it only opened its first elegant white flower a week or so before the second move to my current flat.
Though they are perhaps the most common orchid, seen in grocery and big box stores everywhere, I love the big, lush, yet simple and elegant flowers. Somewhat more special than the average white Phalaenopsis, Sogo Yukidian 'V3' can form spectacularly long chains of blooms, as can be seen in this Google image search. I'm afraid mine won't be making any such display until I have a greenhouse and learn to keep to a proper feeding schedule, but it never fails to produce at least a half-dozen 5-inch white flowers every year around this time. They aren't quite as big as the flowers of my first-ever orchid, a nameless discount Phalaenopsis purchased at a Fred Meyers that turned out to have massive 6" white flowers, but if I can hang on to it until I get that greenhouse someday, it should put on a brilliant show.
The crisp white petals are highlighted by Chinese dragon-style mustachios on the intricately-structured lip, dipped in yellow with paprika-red markings inside.
A new orchid, purchased in spike at the Milwaukee Orchid Show (for which I still need to finish my post), Phragmipedium Olaf Gruss is a hybrid between Phragmipedium besseae and the species shown above, Phragmipedium pearcei. The flowers are a blend of sunset pinks, oranges, and yellows.
The color was difficult to capture in the lighting I had available, being slightly less pink and more orange than these photos show.
Unlike its parent, Phrag. pearcei, Olaf Gruss can have more than one flower open at a time. The spike also branches, the beginnings of which can be seen on the lower half of this one.
Another new orchid from the show, Paphiopedilum Lynleigh Koopowitz is a lovely hybrid with flowers up to 4 inches across. I love the tessellation on the petals and the greenish yellow on the petals and dorsal, which is brought out strongly by the backlighting in this photo. The dark column forms a spot of depth in the center. And then there's the inflated pouch, which reminds me of nothing so much as...well, a toilet bowl, and causes an irreverent grin to twist my lips when I start taking things too seriously.
Paphiopedilum Stella Scope is the third orchid I purchased at the show. I love the delicate green, white, and mahogany shadings throughout the flower, with a scattering of solid mahogany speckles on the petals and even tiny specks of mahogany running up the green lines on the dorsal.
My Begonia 'Starry Night' has been blooming its head off this fall. While the foliage is definitely the, um, star attraction, but the pale pink blooms are a surprise that causes one to look again at a stalwart foliage plant.
The winged ovaries are surpassed in their oddness only by the twisted antler-like stigma.
My fourth new plant is Kohleria 'Peridot's Kitlope', a relative of African violets. This was a freebie from work, as plants were culled to fit all the tender specimens back into the house from their summer vacation on the patio.
The orange tubes covered in red fuzz open to reveal a heavy dose of pinkish-red speckles on white petals.
My Aglaia odorata has lots of buds, much more than it has ever had before in its young life. Only a couple bloom spikes are shown in the photo below. Known sometimes by the common name of Chinese rice flower, the tiny yellow blooms are closer in size to grains of cousous. Since couscous probably isn't all that common in China, I'd say its other name, Chinese perfume plant, is more appropriate. The minuscule flowers pack a fragrant punch. Even a few are enough to emit a delightful scent that is something akin to orange blossoms. Thus, I'm awfully excited for the numerous flowers to open and scent my entire kitchen, if not my entire apartment, with the clean, sweet scent.
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by May Dreams Gardens. Follow the link to see what is blooming in her garden and the gardens of other bloggers this month.