This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Some time last fall in an article I wrote on Cat-tleyas I asked if any one had bloomed the above Cattleya. I had bought quite a number, seeing that it was highly spoken of in some of the English journals. It is so difficult to judge of many Cat-tleyas by the bulbs that no one can be certain what he buys until they bloom. I have now in bloom quite a number of this Cattleya; several other amateur florists have also bloomed it. It appears to be a connecting link between C. Moss-iae and C. Mendelii, but blooming after they have done. It blooms on the spring growth, and not like C. Mossias and C. Mendelii on the year before bulb. The bulbs are shorter than the above named Cattleyas. The leaf is also shorter and wider for its length. Some of the leaves have a red color on the under side, while others are quite pale green. I have not had over two blooms to a bulb, nor have I seen any more, but this number will no doubt be increased when the plants are better established. The flowers are not so large as C. Mossiae, but are firmer in texture, in this resembling C. Mendelii. I have them from pure white to deep rose in the petals.
The lip varies as much as C. Mossiae. I have one with a white lip and a faint dash of orange, others with canary or orange interior, and rose or rosy purple exterior, often with a beautiful white frilled edge. One very beautiful variety had rose petals with a pure white stripe down the center and a deep purple blotch on the end of the petals and also on the lip. It was very beautiful. This Cattleya has a delicious odor, entirely different from C. Mossiae. It is also extremely free flowering. The colors are very pure. Coming as it does after the above Cattleya and remaining two to three weeks if kept cool and dry, I think it a valuable acquisition, as it helps to keep up the bloom of Cattleyas until C. Harrisonii C. superba, C. guttata and varieties begin to bloom in August and September. I have at this time a C. maxima in bloom, with light rose petals heavily dashed with purple like a carnation. It is this wonderful sporting in orchids that adds so much to their interest. I had a large number of Dendrobium thyrsiflorum in bloom this summer and was very much struck with the difference in the blooms.
In some the spikes were almost globular and the flowers densely close together, others had spikes a foot and over long, loosely set, but as geometrically arranged as a honey-comb. In some the lip was canary yellow, and from that to dark orange. Some had pure snow white petals, others creamy white, and a tew had rose stripes on the back.