Been watching this one since December but it finally opened (fully open on the 2nd, started to open a few days before that).
This was the first orchid I personally re-flowered. It skipped a year after a (probably poorly timed) re-potting but is stronger now than ever with a larger flower than normal. These flowers last a long time so by the time they finish hopefully we’ll be a lot closer to spring. I know a little bit more about what these guys need so it should only get better in the future. I may never see more than one flower on this plant, regardless of age – that’s driven more by genetics then culture. Best I can hope for is just the same thing but better.
As far as Paphs go this is fairly tame. The stripes are subtle and the spots are few, and I think all on the top edge of the two side petals, and blend in well with the dark colour of the flower. Love the colour as well, only thing that would improve it would be just a little bit more contrast in the stripes on the dorsal sepal (and of course a more symmetrical flower but that’s not too important to me).
Two years ago it was in bud in April and flowering in June. I prefer the winter flowering I think, there’s more than enough going on in June but I like my Orchids to do their stuff in winter.