Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wild and Tamed

Here's a wild Lady Slipper orchid that my nephew, John Kodjak, spotted when he was hiking in Keene, NY, in the Adirondacks.

Below, is the cultivated variety, now called Paphiopedilum,
"Bunny Slippers."

They have the same delicate coloring and the same pouchy form. One can be found in greenhouses, but the other,only in the deep dark woods.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Potinara Cloud's Creek

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A Potinara from Carter and Holmes.  It arrived in a tiny pot, 3 leaves sticking out in 3 different directions.  Not very likely, I thought.  Then, this morning, months later, with very little notice, this huge, gorgeous bloom appeared.  And the fragrance is strong, sweet, ....indescribable.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Phalaenopsis Unknown Hybrid

"When I was but thirteen or so

I went into a golden land,

Chimborazo, Cotopaxi,

Took me by the hand."

W.T. Turner, "Romance"


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Phalaenopsis Unknown hybrid

The Dream Keeper

Bring me all of your dreams,

You dreamers,

Bring me all of your

Heart melodies

That I may wrap them

In a blue cloud-cloth

Away from the too-rough fingers

Of the world.

Langston Hughes

Monday, June 25, 2012

Miltassia Shebob "Webmaster"

"This is Proteus, a god.  He comes

from the ocean

Sometimes, at hot noon, and

 crosses the beach

Looking for inland shade."

Rolphe Humphries  "Proteus, or the Shapes of Conscience"

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cattleytonia "Why Not"

"The  day came slow, till five


Then sprang before the hills

Like hindered rubies, or the light

A sudden musket spills."

Emily Dickinson,  "The day came slow"

Monday, April 30, 2012

Paphiopedilum Suzie Dell x (world Exile & Jacandelol)




Gerard Manley Hopkins  "God's Grandeur"

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bletia "Golden Glory"

"Light steals in among us like an enemy,

fingering its narrow way

through the lattices..."

Geraldine Brooks         People of the Book

Monday, April 2, 2012

Oncidium Mendenhall "Hildos"

"Eternal Aphrodite, 


you cunning, wily, child of

I beg you

do not break me, Lady,

with the pain    of 

Sappho, 625-570  B. C.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vanda, " Robert's Delight"


"You were the Morning Star


The Living:

But now in Death your evening

Lights the Dead."

Plato    (c.427-347 B.C.)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Phalaenopsis unknown hybrid

"There was a time when meadow,

grove, and stream,

The earth, and every common sight,

To me did seem

Apparelled in celestial light,

The glory and the freshness

of a dream."                         

William Wordsworth

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Miltonia Xenia's Cove

"Sing we for love and


Naught else is worth

the having."

  • Ezra Pound

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Phalaenopsis Unknown hybrid

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire

Some say in ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To know that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

Robert Frost

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Brassavola Nodosa

"Of asphodel,

that greeny


like a buttercup

upon its
branching stem---

I come,
my sweet,

to sing to you"

William Carlos Williams

Monday, February 6, 2012

Miltassia Shebob "Webmaster"

"Light thickens, and the crow

Makes wing to th'  rooky wood.

Good things of day begin to droop and drowse,

Whiles night's black agents to their preys

Do rouse."

William Shakespeare,  "Macbeth"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dendrobium Salaya Minist

"I am moved by fancies

that are curled

Around these images and cling;

The notion of some infinitely gentle

Infinitely suffering thing."

T.S. Eliot

Monday, January 23, 2012

Laeliocattleya Apple Blossom

"When as in silks my

Julia goes,

Then, then (me thinks)

how sweetly flows,

that liquefaction of her


Robert Herrick

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dendrobium Roy Tokunaga

"Such floods of white

 came bursting through

 the clouds. So the wind

 threw its contorted

strength around the sky."

Wallace Stevens

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dendrobium, unknown hybrid

"So vast, our Goddess Night, she


star-eyes gazing everywhere;

all her finery of dress


Sappho,      ca. 625-570  BC