Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cymbidium orchid "Love Potion"

Some of my cymbidium orchids started to flower now and I am hopping to showcase their beautiful blooms later on in this blog, some are old trusted plants that been with me for many years and others, like this "Love Potion" completely new to me.
I got small seedling of this orchid a few years back and it's spent all of this time on the back bench growing and maturing and finally this season decided to send flower spike with a few blooms, but what a blooms - they are large, showy, very interesting color with many tones to them from dark burgundy to lighter with a bit of brown in the mix. The effect is flamboyant orchid with "an attitude", just like Love Potion. Since it's been awhile, I don't even remember how it came to me, must of been one of the experimental seedlings that I get from time to time, hopping to see something unusual and different. Until it flowers one does not know, but I love surprises and Love Potion seems to be true to it's name.

And of course I could not resist original "Love Potion" written by The Clovers in 1959 and so well performed by The Searchers and a little trip down the memory lane:

I took my troubles down to Madame Rue
 You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth
 She's got a pad down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
 Sellin' little bottles of Love Potion Number Nine

 I told her that I was a flop with chics
 I've been this way since 1956
 She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign
 She said "What you need is Love Potion Number Nine"


  1. It is beautiful, I hope it grows big and blooms well for you. It is so exciting to find a new plant!

  2. Imagem linda, planta maravilhosa.
    Parabéns pelo cultivo

  3. You have so much patience, Klara. But Love Potion's bloom was worth waiting for. Enjoyed the trip down memory lane, too. P. x

  4. Wonderful!! yes thar song takes me back

  5. Fabulous blooming. Patience is a great virtue of the orchid grower.
    Thanks for sharing and to remind "Love potion".

  6. That is one incredibly beautiful Cymbidium - love the dark color and lighter "back" of the flowers. It has superb form as well. Wish I had room for them, but can't handle them over the winter especially.

  7. Thank you to all of you for your kind comments and for sharing with me the beauty of Love Potion, its a great surprise for me to see it's blooms this season and this orchid tasted my patience a bit, but now I am looking forward to it's maturing and growing stronger with many more fabulous flowers.

  8. Congratulations for this beautiful orchid, I really love it! And the video matches perfectly. All the best!

  9. Beautiful Cymbidium "Love Potion", I saw you even grow them from seed.
    Interesting blog.