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Old 08-13-2022, 01:26 AM
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This is a classic "Corsage Catt". Registered 1960. It's a second generation (F2, grandchild) of the very famous C. Bow Bells The Bow Bells Revolution

It was potted in a terracotta pot, which I dropped into a plastic basket (for hanging purposes) It is climbing over the edge of the basket and there are lots of nice roots, including some new ones, in the space between the pot and basket.

One spike with 4 flowers (6 inch/15 cm flowers) and another one with two smaller flowers. Grows outside (so quite cold-tolerant)
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Very nice flower. I am always delighted by the subtle yellow in the throat.
For some reason I always read that as Cow Bells. MORE COW BELLS!
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Look at all of those fantastic roots. The flowers aren't too bad, either! A great old hybrid, and glad to see these guys whenever someone can give them the space they need. I have not seen this particular clone, but I can imagine that it could easily scent a good-size room. Congratulations on the blooms. They're really stunning.
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Thanks. It is super-fragrant. Would it grow bigger and better if warmer? Probably. But I'm not complaining. I got this one as a division from an orchid friend who lives fairly close to me and also grows outside. She gets away with even more than I do in that regard. Checked the tag... This is C. Angel Bells 'Suzie' AM/AOS (awarded 1966) . So it's an oldie. It's good to meet people at societies... that's how one can end up with gems like this one. The person I got it from is about my age ("old poop") but has been growing orchids much longer, and has been friends with older growers who are no longer with us. These old plants are precious.
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Sometimes, you just can’t beat the Classics. Beautiful!
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Absolutely stunning. I cut a division off an alba in my parents' collection (Wendy Tanaka) that is a few more generations removed from Bow Bells but will probably still be excellent!

One day, I'd like to get a division of one of the original Bow Bells clones. Not my primary goal right now, but a good one for a few years from now! These classic hybrids still stand the test of time.

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