There is a season for everything. In my garden, now is cymbidium season. While the rest of the plants are just beginning to awake from their winter rest, these outdoor orchids are putting on a spectacular show.
It is obvious from the pictures here that I need to learn the discipline of staking. Staking is a process. It is not a one-time activity. Success in staking can be achieved when the process is started when the spikes are short and then tied progressively higher as they lengthen. Staked flower spikes look stately and elegant but the natural bent-look of their unsupported counterparts gives the appearance of freedom and playfulness in the cymbidium. So it is a matter of preference.
The name cymbidium comes from the ancient Greek word "kymbe" meaning hollow vessel - referring to the cupped base of the lip. For that reason, cymbidium is also referred to as the boat orchid