WOW!!! It's official. I am in LOVE. That's how I feel looking at this spectacular bloom. There is going to be gushing and probably too many photos, I am warning you.
I got Gina last year as a cutting, and she has been a hardy, strong grower for me. An inflo developed and hung on through cold and gloom and all. I have been anxiously waiting for this one bloom to open since it was way ahead of the other developing buds, and I can say... it didn't disappoint!!!
It started opening yesterday, and the weather was rainy and humid so it actually progressed rather quickly. I was so excited about this one I went out in the rain 4 different times to take pictures.
Luckily, it looks like I am in for a treat with quite a few developing buds still waiting to open - YAY!!!!!!!!!
Now some serious progress:
And then this morning, THIS.
It looks like I am going to have 3-4 branches from this inflo too!
The flowers are really thick and waxy, very substantial, just gorgeous!!!. The scent is subdued right now, possibly from the huge amount of rain we';ve had but in the center I can smell a deep perfumed scent. I'll let you know if it gets more intense.
The temps have been in the high 90's I think, the humidity very high. The photos are good but there is an intensity to the reds that can be difficult to capture as you all know - it is truly a stunning bloom. It goes almost purply red to a true red to orange right now in these temps.