I am a patient gardener.
I have had this specimen for 6 years and this is the very first bloom. I was told that it's a vanilla bean orchid. It grows like a terrestrial vine. I had never seen one in bloom before . The "orchid man" at the green house I visit often told me the vine needed to mature to somewhere around 20 feet or more before it will flower. Then I was told that when that happened I would have to play the part of Mother Nature's pollinating creatures since it lives on my patio, and make use of one of my small paint brushes and tickle it, I guess...if I wanted the flowers to create the coveted vanilla bean. ( I can only guess what my inner Martha will make with those)
Well, I did the deed and only time will tell if it was good for her. Oddly/Sadly? I'm a little excited.