I have the good fortune to live in! Uncertain what percent my contribution is ~ I'm only in charge of acquisitions & care ~ the "magic" is all on them which is absolutely out of my league.
Starting the 2012 parade of blooms is old favorite, Cattleya 'Alvin Beggman Poem:'
Paphiopedilum 'Robert McCabe' followed:
The combination of stripes & dots (worn so beautifully) never fails to enthrall me.
If I tried to do anything similar with my wardrobe, I'm absolutely certain I would commit a grievous fashion faux pas! Perfection in the natural world most definitely cannot be rivaled.
That last sentence = the perfect opening for the latest acquisition & bloom ~ Cattleya 'Carolina Sunrise:'
omg ~ is that not to die for or what?!
The tag said "fragrant sunset colors" ~ are we disappointed??
I think not!
The colors should deepen as the bloom matures. I'll be sure & share the developments...
Hope your New Year is off to just as terrific a start. My daughter doesn't go back to school until the 9th of January so we are still "holidaying." (that's my excuse for not being around ~ that and Pinterest ~ I've become way too obsessed!)
Happy New Year all!!!