Thursday, August 12, 2010
Cymbidium Orchid - Coraki x Kusuda Shining
We are now at the end of our winter here in AU and it means that our beautiful cymbidium orchids started their flowering season.
For me, there are three noted defined flowering cycles. At the moment earlier blooming varieties started showing off now their special blooms, later on mid-season cymbidiums will be flowering and then right at the end of our spring late flowering cymbidium orchids will take us right into the warmer weather.
With these three flowering seasons, it's possible to surround oneself with constant flowering orchids, especially since flowers stay on the plants for three to four weeks. By early summer, it's all over for cymbidium flowers, but while it lasts we enjoy this special kaleidoscope of colors, textures and scents. I always bring flowering cymbidiums into the house for a short period of time to decorate the rooms and to be surrounded by these flamboyant orchids and it means to me that winter is over, even though the calendars insists otherwise.
This nice cymbidium Coraki x Kusuda Shining is especially nice cross - I purchased it a couple of years ago as a small seedling because I liked both of it's parents and was hoping to see in it nice, clear, pleasing color and flower textures. This is the first year it's flowered for me, showing off it's nice, bold blooms. One can see the breeder's thoughts and ideas and hopes when they create and select the right plants for breeding - just like an artist with a paint brush trying different combinations making alchemy creations with living orchid plants.