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Olive coloured coffee pot with cream, sugar and three mugs. Decorated with a relief pattern of Cattleya orchids and blossoms. Made in Japan. Damage to lid of sugar bowl.
Mid century modern.
Decorator plate “Sapphire Wings”
Coro orchid brooch. White metal with frosted paint. 1950’s
A stuffed toy orchid.
Two enamel dishes with orchid decorations.
New Zealand tree fern log, 2 foot long.
Stained Glass Orchid Mirror.
Approximate maximum dimensions 52cm high x 41cm wide.
Amazilia devillei (bird) with Epidendrum bractesens (linearifolium) print, John Gould, 1861
I don’t know if this is an original print (I suspect so). They were hand coloured lithographs.
Hand painted hummingbird print, Lesson, 1832.
Image size approximately 16cm x 21cm
Original watercolour Pogonia ophioglossoides (rose pogonia) native to Ontario, by Michael Dumas, 1987. Image 6 inches x 7.5 inches, life size study.
Originally purchased for $850, many years ago.
Michael Dumas is a world renowned wildlife artist whose works often sell for thousand’s of dollars.
John Nugent Fitch Original Lithograph, Dendrobium falconeri giganteum, plate 257, from the Orchid Album circa 1887.
One is currently offered for sale unframed on Ebay for US$98.35.
John Nugent Fitch Original Lithograph, Cattleya maxima, plate 193, from the Orchid Album volume 5, 1886.
Cattleya percivaliana Meril x Pot. Tokyo Bay Victory.
Elisabeth's Stanhopea tigrina 'Goodwood'.
Stanhopea wardii 'Two Eyes'.
Stanhopea jenischiana 'Goodwood'.
Stanhopea jenischiana 'Goodwood'.
Stanhopea Goodwood (if kept wet, flowers may last 6 days).
- Oncidium spathelatum
- Encyclia guatamalensis near alba clone
- Phragmipedium besseae (easy to grow, floriferous, wild type)
- Stanhopea wardii
The Forgotten Orchids of Alexandre Brun by Phillip Cribb, a picture book with full page illustrations or orchids plus page of associated text.
Rth. Chuan Tung Hsiang ‘Shinfong’ is a compact growing Cattleya in bloom with 3 fragrant flowers on a strong inflorescence (I’ve bloomed it with 4 flowers on an inflorescence). It has another growth in sheath.
A strong grower. This plant was divided and repotted on July 1, 2023.
Rth. Whiskey Bay ‘Carpinteria’ HCC/AOS is a vigorous compact Cattleya, currently in bloom with 4 flowers on 1 inflorescence, however when Stewart Orchids had it awarded in 1995 the plant had 34 flowers and 3 buds on 5 inflorescences, therefore it will bloom at least 7 flowers per inflorescence.
This plant was divided and repotted on August 18, 2023, so it should flower better with each new growth.
(Rth. Krull’s Golden Horses x Rlc. Newberry Sweetheart) “Vermeer” is vigorous compact growing Cattleya with up to three fragrant, round, orange/red flowers with a red lip. Currently in bloom with two flowers.
This plant was divided and repotted on May 31, 2023 and has well established new roots.
This is the first division that I have made available.
A cross made by Eric Lee of Crystal Star Nursery combining classic American Cattleya breeding lines from Krull Smith in Florida and Carter and Holmes in South Carolina.
C. Mari’s Love “Vermeer en Amour” (Mari’s Song x Love Knot) is a vigorous compact Cattleya that blooms multiple times per year usually with two full, flat (for peloric breeding) fragrant flowers per inflorescence.
This plant has been pulled for AOS judging more than once, but it never seems to be in pristine condition at the time. It always attracts the judges eyes.
This plant was repotted on July 24,2023, and bloomed with two flowers for the Windsor Show at the end of October, and is in bloom now on another maturing growth. It is growing in two different directions so will probably have another 2 growths flowering again in the spring.
This is the first time that I have made a division of this plant available
I have another division of Rlc. Golf Green ‘Hair Pig’ JC/AOS this year.
A vigorous grower that should put on two new growths per year from each growing direction. Easily gown into a specimen plant.
Usually has two fragrant 16cm peloric blooms per inflorescence. This plant had a great summer outdoors with the current growth almost twice as large as the previous growth and is in sheath with 2 buds.
☆ Rlc. Golf Green 'Hair Pig' JC/AOS award photo
(Rth. Bouton D'or 'Lewis' x C. Seagull 'SVO') 'Orange Tower'
Vigorous and easy to grow and flower. I gave this plant the clonal name ‘Orange Tower’ after it bloomed with 16 flowers on a strong inflorescence. It only has 3 flowers on one inflorescence and 2 buds developing on another. The original plant currently has 7 flowers on inflorescence. This plant is in a shallow container while my original plant is in the same diameter, but deeper container and I believe that there are more roots on the other plant, which probably impacts the number of flowers. It was in a deeper pot when it had 16 flowers on a stem. This plant has about 20 growths and could easily be divided in 3 or 4 plants. First time for sale.
This hybrid, SVO 5135, has yet to be named.
C. Circle of Life ‘Mesmerize’ AM AOS is from one of the most highly awarded grexes of all time, originally bred by Frank Fordyce. Circle of Life is a fantastic parent for great shape and color, and ‘Mesmerize’ has been used by Peter Lin and Carter and Holmes in their breeding.
When awarded it had 10.7 cm flowers and will bloom 2 flowers per inflorescence.
This plant was divided and repotted on September 4, 2023 and is making new roots. It should do better on subsequent flowerings.
Bc. Mari’s Glory ‘H&R’ (C. Mari’s Song x Bc. Morning Glory) is a compact, vigorous grower currently in bloom with 1 fragrant flower.
This plant was divided and repotted on August 15, 2023 and is sending out new roots. I’ve bloomed it with 3 flowers per inflorescence, so it will do better on subsequent flowerings.
Ctt. Gorgeous Becky 'Vermeer’s Mini Harry' is a very nice compact and vigorous Cattleya that can bloom two times per year. I have bloomed this plant with 5 blooms on an inflorescence and have seen another plant from this cross with 8 blooms on a single stem. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of this plant yet.
This plant was repotted on September 12, 2023 (into an airier mix) and the maturing new growth is making new roots. It is a back bulb division from fall 2022, which bloomed in spring 2023.
Ctt. Terry's Spots 'JV-1' (C. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC AOS x Ctt. Mem. Evelyn Paquette 'SVO) (SVO cross 6827) is a compact growing, vigorous plant that can bloom twice a year in the spring and fall. This plant currently has 3 buds that are about to open on 1 inflorecence. It is also breaking new roots and should be grown on the drier side.
☆ a photo of the flower completely open from May 2022.
Lcr. Fair Jewel 'Lilac Bells' CCM AOS (Cll. Snowflake x C. rupestris) is a very vigorous compact Cattleya that can easily be grown to specimen size. This plant has two flower stalks in bud, one with 5 buds and the other one with probably 8 buds or more (it is still developing), but it can have at least 10 fragrant, firm, flowers per inflorescence.
☆ an awarded the CCM/AOS for excellent culture photo.
Rth. Rubescent Fire 'Vermeer's Red Stars' (Ctt. Spring Fires 'Lenette #3' x Rlc. Rubescence 'SVO' AM AOS) (SVO1915) carries two dramatic large (more than 10cm), very flat, well presented red/orange flowers per inflorescence. If it ever bloomed with 3 or more flowers per inflorescence, I would bring it for AOS judging.
This plant was divided and repotted on September 10, 2023, and is starting to put out new roots.
☆ This poor photo is a screen capture from a video of the SOOS Show in 2020.
Rlc. Tak-Fu Hung 'H' (Jersey Summer 'SVO' x C. Pat Thrall 'Magenta Fire' AM AOS) (SVO6954) is a compact, vigorous Cattleya in bloom with 1 flower of good substance. It should bloom with 2-3 flowers per inflorescence on subsequent bloomings. It is growing from two different directions. It should be repotted when it starts sending out new roots (soon after this flowering).
C. loddigesii ‘A-doribil’ FCC/AOS is one of the best 'punctata' (spotted) forms of the species according to Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids ("SVO"). It is a great parent, being a one of the parents of two C. loddigesii Award of Quality crosses (12 exceptional plants from the same seed pod) , both received by Krull Smith of Florida, where I purchased this plant.
☆ When awarded the plants had two 12.2cm flowers on 1 inflorescence, "substance firm; texture silky; exceptional form and color for species." In the photo, courtesy of SVO, the plant had 6 flowers on a single inflorescence.
It is very important to divide and repot this species when in active root growth. I divided on May 11, 2023 while the plant was not actively growing roots, which was a bad idea and the plant suffered as a result. It has a maturing growth in sheath, but I would not let it flower in order to focus its resources on growing larger as it is in active root growth mode now. It grows very quickly once a new growth breaks. I give it a lot of light, but it could probably take less.
C. Marjorie Hausermann ‘York’ HCC/AOS is an easy to grow compact, classic white "cocktail" Cattleya, bred from C. Henrietta Japhet. "Cocktail" was meant to describe somewhat smaller more manageable flowers that could be worn on a wrist or in bridal hairpieces in the 1960's, versus the large corsage Cattleya's of the 1940's-50's. When re-awarded in 2014, it had "4 flowers on one inflorescence; sepals and petals white, green tips on sepals; lip ruffled, white, with dusting of pale yellow forming a halo framing the throat and column" measuring 13.5cm.
This plant has ten growths, one of which is just maturing and in sheath.
☆ 2014 AOS award photo to Tom Pickford
Bc. Mem. Vida Lee 'Limelight' AM AOS (Bc. Binosa x C. Brazilian Treasure) is a compact, vigorous and easy to grow Cattleya with green flowers highlighted by a fantastic red spotted lip derived from Brassavola nodosa.
This plant was divided and repotted on June 3, 2023 when it was growing in an overgrown beer cup with more than 30 growths. It was difficult to divide the plant without doing some damage, but this division has responded admirably by putting up a new growth that is just finishing blooming. It is currently in active root growth.
The Award of Merit blooming had five 11.2cm flowers on an inflorescence. A CCM has been awarded with 8 inflorescences, 34 flowers measuring 9.8cm and 4 buds.
☆ This is a photo of a previous blooming of this plant. The sepals and petals can have an 'olive' cast when grown under high light. They are much greener grown under lower light.
Rlc. (Louise Clarke 'SVO Outstanding' x C. Life’s Melody 'SVO') (SVO 5486) is one of my favorite plants. It is a vigorous, compact easy to grow Cattleya, that can have four long lasting, full shaped flowers, salmon, coral, 'art shade' (it's tough to describe the colour, but it is eye catching) well presented on a good stem.
This plant won ribbons at the RBG and Montreal shows in 2023 about a month apart, with the same flower (only one). If it blooms with four flowers around AOS judging, I'm definitely taking it in.
The wonderful shape derives from it's great grandparents, Rlc. Goldenzelle, C. Circle of Life, Rlc. Oconee 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS and great, great grandparents C. Horace 'Maxima' AM/AOS on both sides, a who's who of "Hall of Fame" Cattleya breeding plants.
☆ The photo was after some thrip damage three years ago
C. Florence Lin + Rlc. Perfect Choice 'Purple Lady' BM/JOGA. These plants have grown into each others pots, and rather than trying to untangle them while C. Florence Lin is in bloom, I'll offer them as a ‘Two fer’ special.
C. Florence Lin (C. tigrina (leopoldii) 'SVO' AM/AOS x C. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS) (SVO 1028) was grown from a tiny plug seedling and just kept getting bigger and stronger. It is currently in bloom with 8 well shaped, 8.0cm flowers on an inflorescence (some flower damage when the 2 flowers hit my lights while I was away). This is the entire plant, I have not divided it, so you can give it your own cultivar name.
After doing some research, there have been six flower quality awards to this grex, and I believe that this plant is awardable. The 'Crystelle' FCC/AOS cultivar had 10 flowers measuring 9.2cm with the lateral sepals appearing a bit 'bow-legged' which this cultivar does not exhibit. In fact, of all the awarded plants of this grex, this plant has a better lip than all of them, in my opinion, as it is very flat while some others are pinched.
☆ C. Florence Lin 'Crystelle' FCC/AOS, 10 flowers, 9.2cm on 1 inflorescence, awarded 2022-09-26. Krull Smith award photo.
Rlc. Michael Tomihama ‘Vermeer’s Roots’ (C. Circle of Life 'Red Halo' x Ryo Iwata 'Leucadia' HCC AOS) (SVO5450) is a very vigorous compact growing Cattleya that will flower with 2-3 well shaped, reddish purple 12cm blooms per inflorescence. When I first saw this plant flower, I thought that it might be awardable, however at the time the grex had no awards. There are now three awards to Rlc. Michael Tomihama, and after studying them, I think that this plant has a chance of being awarded, especially as it does not exhibit the color break (not virus) that many Circle of Life hybrids are prone to and that 2 of the 3 awarded Michael Tomihama's show.
I gave this plant the cultivar name 'Vermeer's Roots' because it sends of a massive number of new roots as new pseudobulbs finish maturing. It will often break new growths from both eyes of a pseudobulb, which this plant did this summer, so it now has two maturing growths, both which are throwing out new roots. Neither new growth will bloom, perhaps because I didn't fertilize combined with the fact that it was producing 2 new growths from the previous growth.
I would repot this plant into a slightly larger pot with new medium, add some slow-release fertilizer and look forward to blooms next summer.
Ctt. Orchidglade ('Orange Sherbet' 4n x self) (C. walkeriana x Gur. aurantiaca) is a compact easy growing Cattleya.
This plant was moved into this larger container this summer because it had 3 new growths growing in different directions. It should put on a good display off the next flowering. It has bloomed 5 flowers per inflorescence. Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids, the breeder of this plant, says the mother plant seems to be always in bloom. I've seen photos of at least 12 different plants of this cross, and this plant has the widest lip. Many are long and narrow, taking after the aurantiaca parent.
Rlc. Island Girl (Rlc. Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon' AM/AOS x Rlc. Little Toshie 'Gold Country' AM/AOS) (SVO 7064) is a compact growing Cattleya, especially compared to the 18 inch (46cm) tall parent Goldenzelle.
This plant should hold 2-3 flowers with 10cm natural spread per inflorescence. This flower which is on its first day opening is already 9cm. New roots are just starting. The plant was divided and repotted this summer.
C. Fuchsia Doll (2003) ‘Vermeer’s Brilliante’ is an easy growing, vigorous mini-Cattleya that I divided and repotted on June 7, 2023. It had over 30 growths in a clear plastic beer cup. it is currently in active root growth mode and will quickly become a larger plant, given good light. It will bloom at any time of the year. The bloom in the photo was 8.6cm, sparkled in the sunshine, and was about as tall as the plant itself. The plant has bloomed with 2 flowers per inflorescence, but never when I was able to take it to judging. I'm convinced that it is awardable.
This is the first time that I have made a division of this plant available.
Rlc. Greg Uzar ‘Newberry Majesty’ (Rlc. Frank Gilmore × Rlc. South Island) has very fragrant flowers which are a unique combination of greenish yellow and pinks. It will carry 3 flowers per inflorescence, and currently has two buds emerging from a sheath. I lost the leaf on this latest growth (not sure why, but may have been the near freezing temperatures), however the plant is actively making new roots.
This grex was named by Bridget Uzar, the current head breeder at Carter & Holmes after her father, Greg Uzar, who worked for many years at the famous Stewart Orchids in California. It has a cast of famous yellow breeding grandparents, Rlc. Campobello 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS, Rlc. Malworth 'Orchidglade' FCC/AOS and Rlc. Caesar's Head. It also has Rlc. Xanthette 'Charteuse' (one of the most influential yellow Cattleya building block breeding plants) in the background on both sides, which is probably the source of the greenish caste to the flowers when they open.
no name cymbidium
Dendrochilum propinquum 'Coral Tresses' In spike. Good grower
Bulbophyllum longiflorum 'Crownfox' In spike. Vigorous grower.
Ink painting of Phalaenopsis framed.
Mikasa crystal dish about 10" diameter.
Table matts and coasters wit Phal motif.
For the golfer to keep his/her game up in winter.
a few plants