I've been co-moderating a seminar on orchids for our learning in retirement group the last several weeks. As part of our activities we ordered the Carmela's special of 20 in bud or spiking orchids for $242. I'd never done this before and was crossing my fingers that they arrived on time and in good shape and weren't all white phals and dendrobiums.
The box arrived just when it was expected and it was a huge box. We had a mix of cattleyas and oncidiums, with only two duplicates and those two were very nice catts. The oncidiums were already beginning to bloom and in the few days after I unpacked them and before the group gathered at my house, the catts began to bloom also. Here's a picture of them set up on my dining room table.