Flower Portrait: Cattleya Portia

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C. Portia ‘Coerulea’ is an epiphytic, evergreen orchid from Central and South America. Tall, pseudo-bulb with stalks that grow erectly with one or two long, leathery, ovate, green leaves and 4 inches wide blue-lilac flowers.

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  1. restlessjo says:

    Orchid? I probably wouldn’t have guessed. As Carol says, very pretty 🙂
    Watching Murray/Raonic at a rather tense stage of the match. Could go either way 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      Saw the highlights – phew! Tough match.

      1. restlessjo says:

        Raonic has improved no end! Felt just a tiny bit sorry for him. Next round will be tougher 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          Well Andy has nothing to lose having met Novak several times before! Let’s hope it is 5th time lucky for Andy. And great to see his brother reach the finals too.

  2. Sue says:

    I, too, wouldn’t have guessed an orchid….lovely, nevertheless

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, well it is the way I photographed this one, with the flowers hanging down.

      1. Sue says:

        You’re deceiving us…..

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Orchids never cease to amaze me Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      So many different colours and shapes and sizes.

  4. Lovely flower, the rich, bold color is so amazing.

  5. kayrpea61 says:

    I’m rapidly learning that you have an awesome collection of orchids, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have a collection of orchid photos Ken. These all belong to RHS Wisley in their glasshouse! I used to have some of the Phalaenopsis (moth orchids) in yellow, white and pink, but they are all gone now.

      1. kayrpea61 says:

        … and there was I imagining your personal glasshouse. We have had no joy with Phalaenopsis or other exotics, so we settle for Cymbidiums, which are pretty tough.

  6. pommepal says:

    Such an unusual angle, but a beautiful rich colour.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not sure why I chose this angle, maybe it was where the plants were positioned. The colour is gorgeous.

  7. Have to go to my pc to enjoy this – still won’t load on the iPad. The colour is indeed gorgeous.

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