Mum and I have been going to this January show for at least a dozen years. We've got this thing down to a science (two laps, one to peruse, one to buy), and enjoy mocking the overpriced, understocked, and no-it-won't-bloom-for-2-years-who-are-you-kidding sellers.
This year we were committed to not buying any more white Phals (I think I have a dozen). I picked up a red Asc. with roots more showy than blooms, and a pair of red Phals potted together (4 spikes, 3 feet each - this one will be showing off on my living room coffee table for the next 3 months).
I also picked up an Aerides - they don't usually bring them to the shows as they are late spring bloomers - maybe mine will do the same!
Things I didn't buy, but were awesome, starting with this black orchid: ($200 blooming or $80 for a baby..yeah....not happening!)
This vanda won "best purple vanda" in the show, it was almost a grey purple, very cool:
And I found some Paphs and Catt's also - (Paphs still creep me out, so Day-of-the-Triffids).
I said no white Phals, but behind this one shop, there is this ramp, and a backstage area, I always sneak a peak at the stock sellers are holding for the 2nd day, and just, well, how can I resist - they perform so well!
Boca mini-show coming up over valentine's weekend!