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Old 05-26-2021, 06:44 PM
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The theme for this one could be pretty in pink, or fairy bells hehehe

There's another spike and buds forming on a different bulb. And these flowers are the first to open up for this round. The first pic is the buds - a few days ago. The flower buds only started to do the 'split' thing yesterday, and was able to take advantage of the early morning sun for some flower pics.

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Lovely, love the lip patterning.

Ive read some have fragrance, any on your plant?
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Nice question Diane! I will check for you to see if this one has a scent!

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Update: It was a bit breezy this evening, and I didn't detect a fragrance yet. But I will test again in the morning!


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Old 05-27-2021, 07:59 PM
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Just adding a couple more nice pics taken this morning. The lip has unfurled now, and the tepals have developed more colour.

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Old 05-28-2021, 01:28 AM
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Hi again Diane! This morning wasn't as breezy as in the evening, and I think I detected a faint nice fragrance. Although there was some air-flow in the growing area, so I will wait for a time when there's no flow at all, and take a really good 'sample'! Normally, I could just carry the orchid indoors and smell ----- but this one is in quite a big pot actually, and filled with scoria -- relatively heavy --- quite bulky this one. But it's ok ----- the air-flow won't always be there! I'll be able to get some proper samples soon!
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Dark & beautiful
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Beautiful!

Maxima is one of my favourite cattleyas and I like all varieties of it.
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Love it, great species and well grown!

My Cattleya maxima var coerulea “Alexandria” is about to bloom for the first time, hope the flowers are this nice
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Very pretty!!! My cærulea just opened up too!! It has a faint sweet floral fragrance.
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It's always an absolute pleasure to share orchid pics here ---- especially when my orchid friends here are enjoying viewing the photos, and even some making such very nice comments - that's all of you. An absolute pleasure!!

MGP ----- thanks for mentioning that the coerulea has some fragrance! C.H. ----- first time bloom is always special --- looking very forward to hearing about when this one opens, and seeing that one too!

J.J. ------ I can see what you mean! I was surprised about the number of varieties or variations in this particular species. Quite astonishing!
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