When I told Noel at A Plantfantic in Hawaii that I MIGHT be able to come up something for his month-end meme "The Hot, the Loud and the Proud". I was really not certain because I didn't know what I could present to fit this theme.
This is my very first cattleya ever. When I bought this cattleya (Tag description: Sophrolaeliocattleya Jewel Box 'Scheherazade' AM/AOS) two months ago, it already had two flower buds. I have been anxiously waiting for its blooming since then. When it finally started unfurling last week, I told myself, this is just a perfect bloom for Noel's theme!
I know, I know, all you Orchid Collectors out there right now might be laughing at my excitment toward this midium sized, single colored cattleya bloom, and I am sure you have seen too many far more maginicent flowers than this one. Hold on your laugh please! Did I say this is my VERY FIRST cattleya? So allow me to be proud of "my first" for a while here... :)
I had no idea what color of the bloom will be when I purchased it (you think I should know it by that long name on the tag? Hmmm...), so speculating the color is part of my waiting anxiety. I admit I was secretely hoping it will be one of those pink-purple-white bi-color blooms that Susan showed in her "Orchid Obsession" post. But when this intense red, velvet textured bloom showed up in groups (four flowers emerged from each bud), I am not disappointed at all!
So, here is "The Hot, the Loud and the Proud", my very first cattleya bloom after two-month of long waiting!