This is not your every day orchid and it is difficult to get good pictures of it as the blooms point straight down. This is the second year I have bloomed it and it produced two spikes each time. It is a fairly large plant as you can see when I moved it atop the grill. This is Ctsm Crown Fox Voodoo.
Really like Laelia tenebrosa.
I had a NOID Den follow me home from HD Thur. They must have just received a shipment. Of course she was packed in moss so I figured I was saving her from a certain slow death. I'm terrible at getting pics but will try to remember later.
Melanie your new Catts are beautiful, too. If you're straying as far as Lakeland to buy orchids, you really need to go a bit further and hit some of the great places in Apopka! Prices are simply astounding compared to your everyday local orchid nurseries.
I'm still waiting for a couple of new blooms - maybe tomorrow. This orchid growing sure does teach you patience.
I always loved the sign on the wall of my neighbor's kitchen in Salt Lake City (they have seven kids). It said "Dear Lord, give me patience and I want it RIGHT NOW".
I just have to post more of Lc George Baldwin X C. Trithena. It bloomed in November and then began again in early May. Right now it has eight blooms fully open and 5 buds in the waiting. The plant occupies an 8 inch clay pot that's ready to burst. This is a fabulus plant that I can recommend to everyone.
Jim - a Phychopsis butterfly question. A couple of my LONG stalks have dried up at the ends. Do I just cut them back to a "node" to have them start blooming again?
I rescued a Phal from the 75% rack at Lowes this AM ($3.25). He had buds on his main stalk and a side stalk that is also forming buds. Leaves & roots look healthy. Next is to get him out of that wad of spaghum.
Posting to say I am missing orchid friends and this forum a lot. Sorry for being MIA and for having to keep posting "so sorry". We returned to Atlanta hours ago and only for a few days because I"m working. Most orchids are getting by on auto-pilot. Some are less happy.
We are preparing to host a third annual Georgia RU and pig out (really Kosher hot dog, so cow out) at Maypop. It has over flowed to include a few adjoining states. DD's wedding and four day celebration follows four weeks later. I am catering (I'm a caterer/chef as well as a R.N.) three separate events that weekend. I also have to arrange for flowers, linen, table, tent and chair rental at multiple venues and have separate themes for each party. Daughter's wish for a simple, post nuptial, country weekend is not so simple. Being one of the three apples of our eyes (middle apple)...no problem. lol We need to be in Miami, on business, the week after the wedding. August in Miami. Ugh. I've spent the last three days on the phone dealing with people in charge of my house and the current termite infestation.
I have promised to post photos and even taken pics but then have to be on the run to another city and have no time to compress or post. Maybe if things calm down in the next few days. I'm honestly trying.
Platystele misera has more spikes than ever. Some are opening up. This will be the start and she will produce these tiniest of blooms all summer and late into the fall/winter.
Laurel, like Carol said, take care of yourself. Sounds like you're burning the candle at both ends and trying to light up the middle.
Laurel, thanks for posting and keeping us informed. I think we all tend to worry about you just a bit. The rainy season is upon us and it feels like a sauna out there. I managed to prun a palm tree yesterday but the rain is off and on and you can cut the air with a knife today. And so it will be until mid to late October.
I have what I would call an Oncidium dancing ladies opening for me at the moment. The tag reads Onc. Butterfly (Onc. Sandarae X Papilio). I think those are the parents of Psychopsis Butterfly so I really cannot understand how I am getting this dancing lady flower. Any help?
Just opening today is an orchid I purchased when I visited Fender's closing sale in Venice with Elaine. I didn't know a thing about this orchid but the linage looked terrific. This is Blc. Chia Lin 'New City' X Pot. Susan Fender 'Cinnamon Stick', AM/AOS. Besides, the plant was large and in good health.
Here's one of my little Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanani' AM/AOS opening up a nice long spike. As usual the red is hard to capture, it's more vivid than the picture shows.
fyi, Anybody looking for Bulbo. medusae, Tropiflora has some for sale this week. I was thinking of hopping up there to get one, but the last thing I need is another expensive, fussy one. Best I keep developing my skills on the inexpensive ones I can get locally.
Elaine, I think you are making a wise decision. I have managed to bloom Bulb. medusae only twice in the five years I have had it and it always looks as if it is going to die at any minute. Beautiful flower however makes it almost worth it.
This is either a picture of my old house slippers or new blooms on Bulb. frostii. It's impossible to tell by the smell. :>)
I'm here and enjoying posts. Still time crunched. It will probably be that way through August.
Jim, all Oncidiums are commonly referred to as "Dancing Ladies". It's especially referenced when the spikes are elongated with lots of flowers like a chorus line. Great frostii! Someone took a hunk of one of my Bulbos a few years ago and gave me two pbs of a frostii. I'm hoping there are enough years left to see it bloom.
I finally have something new to show, and am learning to restrain my camera finger until the bloom actually opens, too. Necessary skills for an orchid grower - patience and restraint?
Noid brassavola, we think might be Yellow Bird. Always opens this delicate pink, but will mature to orange on the petals and yellow lip. Two more buds on this spike, and two more spikes coming. I think I've finally found the ticket for this one, it's a mass of tangled roots mounted on a big piece of cork, and it seems it wasn't getting enough water, so now, I dunk it in a tub of rainwater at least 3 times a week if it doesn't rain, and wait until it stops bubbling before I pull it out to drain. Et voila!
Well you Fl. folks have been carrying the load lately, so I'll try to make a small contribution here. Laelia purpurata has finally bloomed, and I love it! If I can find the pic, I got a close up of Nageliella (hartwegia) purpurea. ...no easy feat as it bobs in the breeze
My orchid society is having their annual auction tomorrow night so I expect to come home penniless. I'm leaving for vacation (to WV) on Friday so you'll have to wait to hear what I purchased. They emailed the list out earlier today and I've already marked it up with all the ones I want to bid on, LOL! Mostly cattleya crosses and a couple of vandas. But I might get tempted by something out of my comfort zone.
dyzzypyxxy, really like those soft colors of your NOID.
Jim, my condolences on having to wait more than 15 minutes for a new bloom. LOL. But always such great photos.
Carol,my Nageliella (hartwegia) purpurea, has buds, so we're right behind ya. Phals, still working on them. Masdevallia ibanez - behar speckles sent a bloom out from the end of the spike that the first bloom was on. Much like a Psychopsis . Just not such a long wait. About 4 weeks. But a whole lot smaller! Laelia purpurata really looks nice. How long have you had it before she bloomed?
Tropiflora has a summer event going next weekend (29th - 30th) and they have a great selection of cork pieces by the pound, as well as big driftwood for mounts. The driftwood pieces were marked down to 1/2 price last time I was there. They leave them out in the sun and rain to rinse the salt out of them. The cork piece in the pic below was $6 - still had the price tag on it!
Ted, the little Mas. is really sweet, so very tiny!
Here's day 2 of the noid Brassavola's blooming event (sorry, it's all I've got right now) with second flower open and the first one getting very yellow.
As for me, this one looks like a Schomburgkia and acts like a Schomburgkia but it is called Ctna Maui Maid X Mcp Brysiana. If you look all of that up, you will find a load of Schomburgkia in the family tree. The spikes are 30 inches long with several flower buds on the last 3 or 4 inches.
Ohh, I love Ctnas, Jim and that one is a beauty! I bought a seedling El Hatillo 'Pinta' too many years ago and STILL have not bloomed it. You're really aggravating me with that one, Jim.
Carol, I don't know Nageliella. What does it need? BTW, who has Phals blooming in late June? lol
Melanie, you're going to have fun.
Elaine, that Brassavola is a luscious color.
Ted, the Masdie is extraordinary!
We are hosting the GA RU this Saturday that has managed to spill over into two other states. DD and fiancee are arriving late tonight from D.C. for a week of final wedding planning. They will be staying with us along with Terry from Admin. and her SO. She is wonderful and we are looking forward to the visit. It will be a full house. I keep thinking things will loosen up.
I was really upset to discover some recent orchid losses were not the result of my neglect but rather that SO had accidentally turned the water off to the misting timers while moving hoses. So while we were away for three to five days at a time the misters were not going on at all. Not good when growing touchy species. Divorce is eminent.
I'm betting Steve will pull through this unforced error by citing old age and bad hip excuses. :>)
As for the Ctna, it has four spikes so more is in the offing.
Last Saturday, the reporter who writes the gardening section for the Tampa Bay Times spent three hours here interviewing me and touring the garden. The article will be in tomorrow's paper. I'll post a E-link as soon as I get it. She was focused on the palms and cycads as opposed to orchids so we'll see how it goes.
I'm a bit out of bounds here but I thought some might enjoy this picture I took of the blooms on my dwarf poinciana.
Today, as I was moving everybody to shelter under the eaves, against the coming deluge . . tropical storm in the making down here . . I found that my little Maxillaria tenuifolia has popped a bloom! This was a very scruffy, lanky little plant from the orphanage a couple of months ago and I sure didn't expect it to flower anywhere near this soon! Coconuts r us!
Ted, Love that Massdi!
Jim, still drooling over Maui Maid.
Laurel, Nageliella (hartwegia) is more about leaves than flowers, tho the hummers like them. It's temp. tolorant, needs daily watering when mounted, and bright light. Blooms once a year for me (don't cut off old spikes as they rebloom). The plant is tiny, but those spikes are a couple of ft. long. That it it's home year round.
As to the blooming Phals; remember that I am on the other side of the continent. While the time zone is only 3 hrs behind you, the bloom zone is a month or more, at least for Orchids.
Nice Catt, Franco. It looks like it should be giving you a nice fragrance as well.
That's one pretty Brassavola, Elaine. It is raining about as hard as it can rain wiith winds producing sheets of rain from time to time. I went to church this morning and was one of only a few who made it. Good thing I got the grass cut early Saturday morning. The forcast says no letup through Tuesday. Maybe you can come visit via your sail boat. :>)
Just wrote to my DH (who is out in the Sea of Japan) that I wished I had gone over to tie the sailboat down yesterday. It may come to visit you, without anyone sailing it. It's out at the Squadron, near Mote Marine and they had a tornado warning just north of there in the last hour plus 44mph gusts at SRQ.
I'll bet your pretty little lake is nice and full now? My rain barrels and cisterns are all overflowing. Very thankful that the soil drains so well here, when these deluges happen. Our house would flood all the time if it didn't. The end of our gravel driveway becomes a lake whenever it rains a lot but 6in. of water disappears within an hour out there.
They're all just fabulous, Jim, but Aztec Toni is on my Wish List, for sure.
It's nice and cool outside with all that wind, and no mosquitoes, either. But every time I go out and get into something the rain starts up and drives me indoors again! So now I am making new plant labels - an idea from another forum member who said she labeled her black plastic pots with silver Sharpie and it lasted for years! So I am cutting up an old pot to try this out. I like the black labels as they're less conspicuous than white ones. We'll see how they last in heat and humidity.
Here's where I've got my 'chids sheltering from any more rain! All the catts seem to like it under the glass patio table, others are all under the eaves except the ones that are up in the big oak tree.
It rained off and on throughout the night but let up this morning so I made a dash for the gym. Back at home I walked about the garden gathering small branches but nothing major. The lake continues to rise but it is not alarming yet. We are currently getting a series of rain bands coming through. It rains hard for a few minutes, then calm, then rains again. Down close to the lake, the yard is soggy. The TV is reporting 12 to 15 inches of rain so far with more on the way.
Carol,my Nageliella (hartwegia) purpurea,finally opened. It is much smaller that yours. I remember seeing it when I was at your place. Can't wait til mine is that size. I only have two spikes that are about 6-7 inches long. Your right about the leaves. They are pretty.
Wish I was sober enough to calculate how many 100' hoses it would take to get that water from FL. to here. Sadly, there are mountains to cross, and that would take some big pumps. Oh yeah, that's how we get our water from the Colorado river.
Ted, don't cut off the dead looking spikes when they're done. They rebloom. It took mine awhile, but I have 5 blooming now.
Well, 53 hoses per mile, and we'd only have to string the hoses to the headwaters of the Colorado then . . . that shortens the distance by about 800 miles, but it's still all uphill - Hoo Boy! Sucked me right in to that puzzle, Carol - LoL. It must be getting late and all these rain squalls have addled my brain. At least most of the rain has gone north of us now, but it's still really windy.
Nice little flowers on the ends of those long antennae, Ted! Let's see a pic of the pretty leaves too?
Both of these looked dead, but Andy told me HANDS OFF. He was right, of course. Here is the only pic I have of the leaves. A little out of focus. I'll try tomorrow when I get home from the shop and see if I can get a better shot.
It looks like the tropical storm is crossing Northern Flordia on its way out of here. We are now at 18.5 inches of rain for June, a new record. I've been out cleaning up between the squalls so the yard is in pretty good order.
I'll start out with Arundina graminifolia, a terrestrial sometimes called the bamboo orchid. It is grown out under the oak tree in a big pot and seems inspired by all the rain.
Last year I did a library presentation and the library coordinator was kind enough to give me a NOID Cattleya as a thank you gift. She said this Catt had been in her family for years and they had recently divided it. I was quite honored and this year it bloomed for me.
Hope you Floridians are faring through the wet weather. We could use some. We are reaching unseasonal triple digits daily with no rain in weeks. I am commuting from Atlanta to North Georgia and back every few days to make sure the garden stays up and going for the wedding weekend. With four weeks to go I have not even begun to shop for anything to wear. After all, what's more important...the way I look or the way the garden looks?
Debby dropped 16" on us. Since Mem Day weekend we have had 45". Maybe now that the sun is back out, more of my bloom shoots will open to flowers. I think this will be the most I've ever had blooming at the same time.
Melanie is in WV visiting Grandma and there is no internet in this place! Had to drive two towns over to the McDonalds to get WiFi (and french fries). The neighbors said our street made it through the tropical storm just fine but I'm sure I'll find many tipped-over orchids when I get home. They're tough - I know they'll be fine. Love everyone's pictures! No orchids up here, but I'm enjoying seeing all the plants in those catalogs that won't grow in Florida. Talk to you soon!
We are wilting up here as record temps hit one hundred and five. I have plants in pots that have cooked. Not orchids though. I've set the automated watering to go on every few hours for five minutes. We have several days of similar heat ahead.
Yes, happy birthday Laurel, you should head down to Miami for the weekend to cool off!
We have it cooler than normal thanks to TS Debbie churning up the Gulf for 4 days, and dropping the water temp by a few degrees! Nothing bad but something good comes of it, right? The afternoon sea breeze here is simply wonderful.
Columbia broke its "Famously Hot" all time record yesterday with 109 degrees. And it's back up to 107 today and tomorrow. You can hardly breathe outside. I've got sprinklers going every couple of hours to cool plants. Nothing "looks" sick...but I'm sure the orchids aren't exactly thriving in these temperatures. I keep going out and soaking the ground under the hanging orchids, also. It's AMAZING how quickly potted plants are drying-out. I get arbitrarily aggravated with the whole world when it's this hot...