When my beau's assistant brought a Phalaenopsis to our dinner party the other week, I thought "Sweet, now I have two blooming phals that I can get it on with."
I teased out a pollen sac from the dinner-party orchid and inserted it into the New York gala orchid. I didn't think much of it after that, but a week or so ago, I was cleaning up some blooms that had fallen off the plant and noticed that one of the blooms had withered, but the ovary is swelling.
So, with that encouragement, I cross-pollinated both orchids. Hopefully, in about five years after a bunch of flasking and growing seedlings, I'll have some awesome hybrids!