Phalaenopsis Memoria Audrey Meldman 'Mendenhall', with flash
The phalaenopsis opened a single 2.5" flower on a short 4" spike, on April 24th. This makes a 5 month maturation time from when I first noticed the spike in November. There were originally to be 2 buds, but I accidentally knocked one off a couple months ago.
Phalaenopsis Memoria Audrey Meldman 'Mendenhall', natural light
The flower color is a much deeper red than when I had first purchased this orchid in bloom. However, it is still very much a dark pink, rather than a true red flower. Taking photographs with flash enhances the red tones, which are much less pronounced to the eye.
Using flash enhances the red tones in the flower
Nonetheless, bud maturation during the colder months brought out a darker hue in the flower, which I enjoyed.
Last year's bloom had a pinker tone