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At CASAROCCA, we've aimed at creating FORM daylilies for the past 25 years. Our favorites are what we call "Butterfly" or "Orchid Forms" (Extreme Spatulate according to the American Hemerocallis Society's "Unusual Form" categories), but we also delve into some Spider, near-Spider and "Crispata" forms which twist, curl, quill or fold, creating a special movement in the flowers en masse.  With the Butterfly forms, the epiphytic orchids of the genuses: Cattelya, Brassiola and Laelia (and intergeneric hybrids), but also Renanthera and some Vanda species served as our inspirations.

As a child growing up in French-speaking southern Louisiana, my very first summer job was cleaning clay orchid pots. I ventured into a rather run-down area of one of the greenhouses one day where the old wooden benches had rotted and fallen to the ground, but the orchids had simply used them as supports, creating a tropical jungle of foliage and flowers. As I worked my way through thick foliage and plants, something huge and spidery brushed my face... a Laelia anceps that was floating in mid-air. I was both stunned and hooked. Now, some 45 years later.... I am still under the enchantment of that moment.

OUR ORCHID INSPIRATIONS
please check out these incredible orchid websites that have been a constant source of inspiration for us!

www.orchidsonline.com.au
www.sborchid.com


Laelia purpurea var. alba (www.sborchid.com)



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Laelia hybrid
(www.sborchid.com)

     

When studying the specific orchid form of the Laelia and its closer relatives, the Cattelya and Brassia, it became aware that what we had to do was to widen the petal (and sepal) tips, flatten the forms out, reduce the width of the base of the floral segments at the bases of the segments, creating a "spatulate" form. It took a lot of madness and dedication, along with two decades, but we've arrived at re-creating some of these forms and are now ready to start sharing these "hardy orchids" with others. The strucutre of these Orchid Forms is open, slender toward the perianth tube (the stem where the sepals and petals meet) and open, almost spatulate toward the tips. The Vandas are an extreme form of spatulate, as are some Renantheras. One of the key criteria of our selections is movement and form, color having been further down the line for the first 15-20 years of our work.  We feel very content with the results of the past two decades, even though we can give up on re-creating the typical, super-developed petal or orchid "lip". Take a look and judge for yourself.



Laelia
(www.sborchid.com)






We no longer cultivate grasses for sale, but we do enjoy trading with other collections. Here is a list of years-long trials we did on our once vase collection. It still has a lot of helpful information. If interested, click here.


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