Sunday, May 16, 2010
Cypripedium 'Michael' ( C. macranthos x C. henryi)
It's been a long wait, but finally Cypripedium 'Michael' has settled in and is blooming annually. The first year in 2007 it had two blooms and I missed them completely as I was out of town for a few weeks. Since then it has produced more blooms every year and this season has produced bi-flowered as well as a few tri-flowered stems with a total of twelve blooms. Last year I added another hybrid, C. 'Emil' (C. parviflorum x C. calceolus). It arrived in the mail, looking a little fragile, from Fraser's Thimble Farm (as did C. 'Michael'),it survived the winter, but so far no flowers.
In the meantime I'm able to enjoy two plants of C. calceolus given to me by a generous friend, and I'm now looking forward to C. reginae, which blooms a few weeks later than the others.