Got this email from my customer Katrina
Hey, I got a phal from Annette Lurton in KY (Purple Surprise)...she gave me one of the plants from the flask she got from you several years ago. I've had it now for a few years (or more) and it's bloomed out perfectly normal each year...until this year. This year it's later than normal and it's a white and pink rather than it's normal pink and darker pink/purple tones. Oh, and it has a little bit of green tinged edges a la a bellina. It's like I'm looking at a completely different phal and it could be the strangest thing I think I've ever seen.
So...I'm just curious if you have any theories on why the change. It's very pretty but damn it's strange. I was talking w/Annette about it and she suggested I pick your brain for possible causes/explanations.
Also, I only have 3 flowers this year and while I don't think that has anything to do w/anything...still, thought I'd mention it anyway.
Here's a pic of this year's bloom ...
Previous blooms looked like this and I know I've bloomed it at least 3yrs prior (maybe even 4yrs?) and they all have always looked like the below. I'm adding both of these pics because the camera I had at the time didn't always get the colors right but the "true" color was kind of in the middle of these two.
I thought this change is quite cool and share them here. It's not usual for flowers appearance to change due to growing environment (temperature, light intensity).