At the beginning of this year, during my clean up of the aftermath of our January Freeze, I found some mystery plants in the front garden. I posted the pictures on my blog, and some fellow bloggers helped me to identify those as some kind of orchid, most probably a Lady Slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum)! Wow, I was very excited, and was looking forward to those gorgeous Lady Slipper flowers someday showing up on my wild orchids.
Here is a picture that was posted when I first found them.
Some of plants were dug out to put in the pots, and some were left in the original spot. I even passed along some to my friends. For two or three months, I checked their progress very often, but they did nothing, even the leaves did not have noticeable growth. So I stopped checking them, they were left under the bushes, and got the rainfall irrigation like any plant in wild does.
A couple of weeks ago, I surprisingly found out that there were flower spikes shooting up from them. They looked just like the regular orchid flower spikes. Since the buds were very small, I started suspecting if it is LadySlipper orchid or not. Finally, now they are blooming. The flowers are very small, only a penny size. The flower does look like an orchid, but definitely not like a LadySlipper orchid.
Just give you an idea the size of the flowers, this is a picture of this wild orchid placed next to a dendrobium orchid container.
Since the flowers are so small, I had hard time to get them focused on camera to show you the detail. This is about the best I can do.
Yes, I was a little disappointed, but I am not complaining. I still consider my garden is blessed to have wild orchids growing. After all, I did not even pay a penny for these orchids. As small as the flowers are, they do look pretty up close. Don't you think?
Anybody has seen something like this before? Still would like to know if it has some official name. The leaves are mottled, just look like some Lady Slipper orchids' leaves. I think that was the major reason that it was identified as Lady Slipper at the beginning.