Not Your Usual Corsage Cattleya

Michael May

San Francisco, United States

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Remember when the best thing you could hope to give (or get) on that special occasion was that huge frilly pastel orchid from the florist’s, pale pink, lavendar, white, or even yellow if you got really lucky? The huge, shiny bows always matched!
As an orchid grower, those never really interested me, they all looked the same. Then the breeders started back-crossing to small species for color and form. This was one of the results…a pale peach with raspberry and yellow lip, and with an interesting shape, medium size and thick petals*. I took a photo, had my 4 × 6 in. print scanned and computer enlarged/printed on paper, then colored it with Prismacolor and pastels. C1980 Chicago, IL

Dedicated to the technology that brought us this far, but now seems a bit ancient.

The photo of that computer print is with vintage wallpaper and painted wood.
The Castro, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Canon 70D

*The latest trend is splash petal, where part of the lip is displayed on the broad petals. It was originally a mutation, but now has spread, through breeding, to quite a craze. Unfortunately, it detracts from the lip’s unique trait of the orchid and just makes them look like any other flower. Sorry I can’t give you a photo link but you can Google ‘splash petal cattleyas’ for images.

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