Thank you all for the BD wishes and to my special friend, Jim, for the e-card with the singing barber shop quartet. Bet it is because he is a singing guy. That Gerbera is a beauty, Jim, and you know I love anything with Broughtonia in it. Thanks, Jim, for starting a new thread.
You are all such wonderful and supportive online friends and orchid growers. I received email BD wishes from people who rarely post on the threads. Thanks to all for taking the time to wish me well.
If June was bad for me, July promises to be worse. I might regain sanity by mid August. We are less than three weeks from the wedding weekend. The countdown has begum. Reservations, arrangements, and assisting guests with transportation and accommodations has been a huge chore. Since everyone but us and DD's siblings, including the bride and groom, are from somewhere else they are all needing help. I am answering piles of email and calls daily at this point. Though the guest list is small, guests are driving and flying in from every corner of the country and S. America. Jim and Patty are stopping by Maypop for our Sunday open house while vacationing in Franklin, N.C..
If all goes well, and I'm still standing, I'll close on the sale of my Miami house in mid- August and we will be able to meet orchid friends in the Apopka area on our return trip. It's a sad farewell to my childhood home, family and past. The plan is to collapse and decompress for a few weeks after and then hope life, as we once knew it, returns to normal. They say nothing ever goes as planned but we can hope.
Lovely 'Snow Ballet' Jim. And the color on 'Maui Maid' just knocks me out.
Take heart, Laurel. Especially weddings never go as planned. Try as you might to make it perfect, it usually turns out that the oops-es are the most memorable moments. So, I'll go totally cliche' here and say 'Don't sweat the small stuff'. Save some energy to enjoy the moment.
We sold my parents' home in Vancouver, BC four years ago, and while it was a sad day, you never lose it as long as you have pictures and the precious memories. I went around and took a series of photos of all the family keepsakes, furniture and the garden just as it had always been before we cleared everything out. Every time I look at it the memories flood back. That house is just a house without the people you loved in it.
Hope I'll be around when you pass through, I'd love to meet in Apopka and have an orchid spree.
We dogged a close one yesterday. My wife, Patty, was driving back to Tampa from Orlando on I-4 at about 3:00 PM. just in front of her, 3 large beauty salon chairs blew out of the back of a pickup truck. One of them landed on the hood of the car and crashed through the windshield. The good news is it was on the passenger side and she managed to safely pull off of the interstate. The car had to be towed to a garage where I picked her up. The truck driver stopped and the police wrote up a report. I think his insurance will pay for damages but it will take some time. We are thankful no one was badly hurt.
Terrible news but glad Patty is okay. That car is unlucky. Didn't it get broken into weeks before your trip up here last time and didn't vacation plans go pending as a result? Patty is very fortunate. Years ago my mom was driving behind a truck carrying unsecured rolls of carpeting. The truck rear ended the car in front and the carpet rolls were launched into Mom's car. Her shoulder was shattered and multiple major surgeries required. She never had full use of that arm again.
Elaine, since I am both wedding planner, caterer, tablescape designer, florist and chef the oopsies fall entirely on me. :) With any event that I do professionally, I am a realist with perfectionist goals. There is no intention to make this a dream event, just a fun week. That said, after the wedding service and luncheon at a restaurant in Atlanta that has always delivered service to our standard, I am responsible for event set up (linen, tables flowers, decor, food preparation and service, bar and staffing) for the three other days of events at three different locations. Why? Well I think I do it better than anyone. I spent half a day selecting wines and beer last week, and afterward ordering packer cuts of meat and whole fish when most mom's of the bride would be shopping. There are gift bags with special snacks and mementos going into every guest room in progress. We have canned hundreds of jars of preserves, relishes and pickles to create country tablescapes along with flowers we grow and for guests to take home. Definitely too much going on to sweat small stuff. At the end of this event I will have prepared food for several hundred people, much of which is coming out of our gardens. I have to tend the gardens during this time as well. We smoke our own fish and meats using fruit and hardwoods from Maypop, make our own pickles and preserves and design menus featuring the freshest seasonal food from Maypop. The last day's happenings will consist of a kick back with the small number of people remaining in the area, and hopefully Jim and Patty, but it is an open house here at Maypop in the aftermath of a whirling dervish week. No worries, just a little busy.
Terrible news but glad Patty is okay. That car is unlucky. Didn't it get broken into weeks before your trip up here last time and didn't vacation plans go pending as a result? Patty is very fortunate. Years ago my mom was behind a truck carrying unsecured rolls of carpeting. The truck rear ended the car in front and the carpet rolls were launched into Mom's car. Her shoulder was shattered and multiple surgeries required. She never had full use of that arm again.
Elaine, since I am both wedding planner, caterer, tablescape designer, florist and chef the oopsies fall entirely on me. :) With any event that I do professionally, I am a realist with perfectionist goals. No intention of making this a dream event, just a fun week. That said, after the wedding service and luncheon at a restaurant in Atlanta that has always delivered service to our standard, I am responsible for event set up (linen, tables flowers, decor, food preparation and service, bar and staffing) for the three other days of events at three different locations. Why? Well I think I do it better than anyone. I spent half a day selecting wines and beer last week, and afterward ordering packer cuts of meat and whole fish when most mom's of the bride would be shopping. There are gift bags with special snacks and mementos going into every guest room in progress. We have canned hundreds of jars of preserves, relishes and pickles to create country tablescapes along with flowers we grow and for guests to take home. We just learned this week that we need to hire a driver to shuttle non-resident guests to and from the compound where we are having our Friday night affair since it is a low impact nature preserve. Non-guests must park at an off site lot.
Definitely too much going on to sweat small stuff. At the end of this event I will have prepared food for several hundred people, much of which is coming out of our gardens. I have to tend the plants during this time as well. We smoke our own fish and meats using fruit and hardwoods from Maypop, make our own pickles and preserves and design menus featuring the freshest seasonal food. The menu will feature upscale takes on traditional Georgia foods. I can't forget the vegetarians, including the vegans, those who keep kosher and those allergic to gluten. It's all in a days work. The last day's happenings will consist of a kick back with the small number of people remaining in the area, and hopefully Jim and Patty, but it is an open house here at Maypop in the aftermath of a whirling dervish week. Still need to make beds and make sure bathrooms are tidied. No worries.
Heavens! Mother of the bride was tough on me, although I did plan my daughter's wedding, too. She only had 12 people total, and a beach wedding so it was small and simple. A far cry from what you're undertaking, Laurel. My hat's off to you, and hope you survive it all. You'll get to take credit for the memorable oops-es and everything else, in years to come.
Jim, what a scary close call for your wife! Glad it was not as serious as it could have been.
Laurel - I'm sure someone had to sample those wines & beers!!!! Best of luck with the wedding. I planned & executed mine. Minutes before the ceremony was to begin, we realized we had left all the "beverages" in the apt. The bartender was dispatched back to the house & we held up the ceremony till his return.
If there is an Apopka get-together in mid-Aug, PLEASE let me know. I really NEED an Orchid fix & meeting some of you would be wonderful.
Thanks for the support Qwilter. I finished the pieced toppers! Ten!! Had to make too fat, temporary borders for the right table effect but they will come off for the future quilt. I would love to meet you and Elaine and others in the area. Hopefully we can work something out.
Wow, Jim, that's a beautiful Epi.! It looks like more like an Encyclia.
Those are all beauties, Jim. Seems like your Psychopsis have been blooming for a very long time! They look like little fairies flying around, especially against that dark background.
I sure hope I'll be back from our trip up to Canada in time for an Apopka get-together!
Check out my oak branch planting, four Bl. Little Lulu's I mounted up there early in the spring. Poor things look really terrible but they're all still alive! One even has a spike, maybe. Seems as if a squirrel took a liking to a couple of them, and chewed off a few pb's but even those are recovering nicely. There's hope that this will work yet. I've got to get up there on the ladder and see if any of them are grabbing onto the bark yet. I spray the branch with the weak fert so that it runs down the grooves and the 'chids will find it in there.
I can't believe how beautiful everyone's orchids look when I visit the monthly posts! My orchids continue to grow and bloom without photos and I keep marveling at the photos posted. Actually, I even have a few photos from previous months but no time to compress and post. Maybe I'll make a thread of photos meant to be shared but not later in the year. You all are keeping me going here. Thanks for all the good wishes. Three weeks before the four day wedding weekend and the countdown has begun.
I know you've all seen this - my NoID brassavola - a couple of times, but I'm just so tickled that I have an orchid with 5 whole flowers at once! This is a big deal for a beginner, in case you veterans have forgotten what it was like to have all young plants . . .
As a side note, nothing is simple in orchid growing, I am learning. The nice piece of cork I mounted this plant on is now home to a colony of carpenter ants! Every morning the plant on the shelf below it has a nice little dusting of sawdust on the leaves. C'est la vie.
Gosh, I really like that NOID brassavola of yours, Elaine. I will keep my eye open at every show for it. Interesting things, those ants. While not carpenter, I have them all over and living in many of the potted orchids. This past weekend I gave my Maxillaria tenuifolia a bath. It is on a wooden plank and the roots are wrapped in Sphag. Poured a little water over the roots and out popped a colony, eggs and all. I think Laurel had the idea to give them a bridge out. Well that's what I did and many left. But many stayed. I used to battle them, but their numbers are too great and so far I don't see any damage from them
Thanks Ted, we think that brassavola may be 'Yellow Bird'. I have another that is labeled as a 'Yellow Bird' but it has yet to bloom for me. So when it does I can make a direct comparison.
Bree, thanks for the submerging advice. I'll definitely try it as soon as all the flowers are finished. Being cork, the mount really wants to float, so I'll have to weigh it down in hopes of drowning the ants. Right now, I put it in the tub and it floats nicely like a raft.The ants climb up onto the plant, and just wait it out until I take the raft out of the water and their tunnels drain out.
I don't know whether ants directly eat the roots or anything but usually where theres ants theres scale, they carry it around to other plants. And if your trying to get rid of a scale invasion you need to get rid of the ants first. Yes ive weighed down a mounted Phal in water before to rid ants.
Bree, that's what my orchid book says, too. The ants don't directly harm the plant, but they 'farm' scale and also aphids and eat the honeydew produced by those. Also they import aphids and scale from other plants.
In my case, the carpenter ants are not farming, they are mining. This very nice piece of cork my orchid is mounted on could disappear or disintegrate if I don't stop the damage. Judging by the increasing amount of sawdust, the ants are hard at work in there!
My new baby - yellow spathoglottis. I have lots of the purple ones, and a pale ivory/pink one but have been searching for the yellow. Yay.
I never find anything good leftover at Lowe's! Maybe one of these days... Anyway, I'm back from vacation and only one of my orchids was tipped over by Tropical Storm Debby. Or it could have been a squirrel - who knows? I made it through that big storm and subsequent power outage. We were without power for three days in 100 degree heat. We drove 30 miles to town to get Grandma into some air conditioning. It all turned out okay in the end. Got to see lots of family and had a good time.
I had to miss the orchid auction last month, though. Wasn't feeling well and we were leaving the next morning. I guess I'll have to wait until the next one. This month is a talk on Phals so I told Mom to pay attention and take notes - those are the only kind of orchid she has. Hopefully, we'll learn something new.
I went to the Tropical Plant Festival at the USF Botanical Gardens today and came home with two orchids and a piece of drift wood along with some other garden plants. One of the orchids is a small non-blooming Br. nodosa that I bought to mount on the driftwood. The other orchid is Epidendrum ciliare, a cool species that I have been looking for for some time. What's more, it is in bloom.
I was just playing around on the internet and found the following:
"Coilostylis ciliaris (Fringed Star Orchid), formerly Epidendrum ciliare, is a species of orchid in the genus Coilostylis. It was transferred from Epidendrum by Withner and Harding in 2004. It is the type species of the genus Coilostylis."
The ink isn't dry on the name tag I just made for it and now it is wrong. Have mercy!
It has been quiet. Seems like I have a number of plants in spike, but no new blooms! But I do enjoy looking at the pixs. My Psychopsis Mariposa Green River has done an interesting thing. I have growing buds on three spikes. On two other spikes that lost the tips, one has grow a new 3/4" spike with a tip/bud out from the side of the old spike about an inch down. And now the other has a swelling in the same place and it looks like it to will form a new tip.
Ran down before the rain hit yesterday morning to get a few shots of my Dendrobium crumenatum . This is the third time its flowered this year . I'm offering a couple of well-rooted keiki's for trade . This plant was a gift from the man who taught me to flask and is very dear to my heart . THX , Lisa
Jim, your No ID ones are really pretty! I won two plants tonight at the orchid meeting. I got Eplc. Tinker Toy "Sprite" and Blc. "Bill Worsley". They're just tiny plants but I know one day they'll be beautiful! Other than that, not too much going on. Nothing blooming in the shade shack and it keeps raining so much I haven't been out there to water in forever it seems.
Any idea why my Sharry Baby had very little scent this time? Usually she makes the whole house smell wonderful. This time I had to put my nose right up to her to get any of her scent. She had 2 long bloom shoots with plenty of flowers.
Both of my "Scent of a Woman" are getting ready to bloom.
My cousin's new neighbor is supposed to have a very large Orchid collection. I keep hoping to see them out when I'm over so I could start up a conversation. They must have them all inside; none out on the back deck.
I'm wondering if the scent can be affected by the weather. It is so humid and wet here that I don't think the scent can float about normally. The temperature at 5:00 AM this morning was 74 degrees and the dewpoint was 72. Now that is some heavy air. My lake is way up and the ground is super saturated. I went out to pick a mango yesterday and found myself standing ankle deep in water. My normally high and dry magnolia tree is now four feet out into the lake. I can't mow the back half of the yard as my tractor just sinks into the muck. I guess I will learn which plants can take it and which can't.
I have another NOID Catt. opening today. My lens was fogging up on the first picture.
Good news in that the little spike on my new Bulbophyllum flabellum-veneris has opened a nice bloom.
We are packing tonight so as to leave early tomorrow for the North Carolina mountains. The bad news is that my mangos and avocados are at their peak and I told my neighbor he could have all that fall from the tree which may be all of them. The critters will get them if he doesn't keep the ground clean. He is going to mist the orchids every other day for me. If all goes according to plan, I will see Laurel and Steve on Sunday. We are looking forward to that. I'll be gone for a week or so.
The orchid area is along the side of the house and there is a wooden gate towards the back. That is where the Max lives, so you get a whiff every time you walk by. On the other end of the area I have a Brug. So in the evening it can get pretty intense.
The Komoda is just exploding this year. Must be at least 10 spikes.
And here is Carol's Gerberara 'Snow Ballet'
Whoo, what beauties! You sure got the light just right on both Snow Ballet, and Sea Marian, Ted. Such soft, subtle colors can be hard to capture in a picture.
Mellie, smell-o-vision would be great, but then we'd never have to leave home, right? The Maxillaria smells exactly like coconut. You definitely should put it on your list for the fragrance alone. The flowers are small but it does bloom often, too.
I love the Miltonias too, but I think it's too hot to grow them outdoors in Florida. We saw them when we toured Selby Gardens in April, and even then they had the greenhouse temperature about 10deg. below the outdoor temp.
Ted, Love Komoda Falls and the Psycopsis! I still can't figure out if it's light intensity, heat, or what that causes the variation in color on the Gerberara, but it keeps the plant interesting.
I'm going to repot my Maxillaria tenufolia. I got one short bloom in the past year.
Wow, Ted your Psychopsis is a real bloomer, isn't it. Very pretty. I like the stems, too, they look exactly like bamboo.
I got a complete surprise today, my Lc. Amberglow 'Magnificent' burst open a nice big flower with a second one coming. Must be because it is right beside the door I come in and out of all day . . . never even noticed it had buds!
Still have Enc. Green Hornet blooming away. Every time it drops a flower it seems like a new one opens. What a machine!
Hi, everyone. We have one more night in the mountains with no internet. I an sending this while at a restaurant in town. We did visit Laurel and family last Sunday. All is well and we head home tomorrow.
I'm back in Atlanta but it will take me a bit of time to recoup. It was great to see Jim and Patty. The greenhut is a major mess. An old basketed Catt came down off the roof and crashed bark everywhere. I admittedly have several orchid casualties from my bad care. Mostly cooler growers that were previously misted several times daily and neglected as a result of the recent events. I need to find my groove. In the meantime, we are still on a post-wedding high. It was a wonderful series of events. Family and friends are calling daily to rehash the occasion. It was just what the kids wanted. We could not have asked for anything more.
There are a number of orchids blooming in the greenhut. I have not taken photos in months. Hopefully there will be something to share soon.
Very nice,Elaine. And Thanx. I don't know what it is, but I just can't seem to get a Catt type to re-bloom. My first success is Carol's gerberara. Phals only do a little better for me. Moving them around to different light levels, etc just doesn't seem to work. I feel a new post coming.
Here's what I think from my (admittedly minimal) experience and my vast collection of about 5 blooming size Catts, I can tell you this: the only one of mine that has not re-bloomed as yet is the very first one I bought. It was in bloom when I got it a year ago. I made the first of many beginner mistakes and potted it up into too big a pot, (such a pretty pot, though). So although it is happy and very healthy I'm pretty sure it's busy making roots and leaves and can't be bothered to make a flower.
Is it possible that they like to be crowded a bit to bloom? From what Carol says, that wonderful Gerberara grows like a weed, and all the pictures seem to have a ton of leaves in the pots. Does it crowd itself so quickly that it's inspired to bloom?
My BOFF is in HI for 2 weeks. Spoke to her yesterday AM & she was heading out to one of the Orchid growers. I am so jealous!!! When I was living in HI I had a front lanai full of pots of various Orchids. Never did a thing to help them along & they put on a show year round. That was back before internet and I had no clue what any of them were except pretty.
Yeah, Hawaii must be wonderful for growing orchids. )) sigh (( Stable humidity and temperatures all year 'round. Cooler than here in summer . . .
When our kids were small we used to go to Maui for 2 or 3 weeks each year. I never appreciated the wonderful plants there, too busy with kids and beach and scuba diving. Now, it's too durned far to go, especially when the Bahamas and Caribbean are so much closer.