This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
While the writer was in Europe last year, he learned with great pleasure from the leading nurserymen that their trade with America in orchideous plants was very much increasing, and on the whole, satisfactory. We take on ourselves some of the credit of this, as we have taken many opportunities of showing that while the old-time notions that it requires rare skill and very expensive houses to grow them, is true only in a few instances. We are pleased to say that we have several articles on hand on Orchid culture, and we have thought we could not do better than to give an illustration to this"Orchid commencement" of a beautiful one recently introduced by Mr. William Bull, from Bogota, who says of it "Odon-toglossum crispum, also known under the names of 0. Alexandra and 0. Bluntii, is one of the gems of the cool Orchid house, since by a little management its charming flowers may be had all the year round. It is a plant which varies to an almost endless extent, no two of the many thousands imported being perhaps exactly alike, and very considerable differences in size, coloring, or crispness in the flowers constantly occurring. In typical forms the sepals and petals are white, ovate or ovate lanceolate, the petals being much undulated, and often fimbriately toothed.
The lip is oblong-acuminate, yellow and crested toward the base, beautifully crisped at the margin, and more or less spotted towards the front with blotches of reddish brown. It has been very largely imported from Colombia, and in some of its forms is flushed with a lovely tint of rose." We note by Mr. Bull's catalogue that this is not among the very expensive Orchids. Good plants being obtainable in England for about $5.