June 1, 2008

Laelia 2

My laelia flowered with a rush this year. Just a week from the first blossom, every bud had climbed out of its sheath and opened, all thirty nine, her new personal best.

I was concerned; a posse of mealybugs had swept into our peaceful niche last winter. They had penetrated down into the new growth, a cottony sticky invasion. But the plant was strong. I treated it with insecticidal soap. Foliage growth wasn't as robust this year, but she's really smiling now. I had to pinch out a few flowers that had gotten chewed in the bud. She's beginning to outgrow her clay pot, I should divide her this summer.

Her lily-0f-the-valley/lilac scent arises with the morning sun.