My favorite place in the nursery is of course "Stanhopea Alley". Stanhopea are found in many parts of the nursery, but this is the main area for the cool to intermediate growers that can perform well growing outdoors in coastal southern California.
|Stanhopea Alley and outdoor growing|
In here I found a very nice Stanhopea ruckeri in bloom and bud. This form has a great cinnamon fragrance and the green tinted column is a nice touch! I missed the blooming of S. martiana by a few days and the S. oculata that was in spike was a few weeks away. Several Acineta were also in spike in this area!
|Stanhopea ruckeri with a nice cinnamon fragrance|
In one of the warm greenhouses I found Acineta superba in bloom, Stanhopea xytriophora in bud (just a day or so away from blooming), and Stanhopea jenischiana 'Catorce' in bud.
|Acineta suberba inflorescence|
|Stanhopea xytriophora in bud|
|Stanhopea jenischiana 'Catorce' |
|Kat with a nice Stanhopea haselowiana|
|Stanhopea haselowiana flower with intense |
purple/red spots in psychedelic patterns.