Lc. Irene's Song 'Monclair' is blooming. I've had her for quite a few years and the plant is huge and in need of repotting. The problem is it is already in the largest orchid pot I can find so I'll have to make my own. To make matters worse, the roots are growing fast to the old pot so I'll have to smash it with a hammer.
Yes, Elaine, they might be related. If I remember correctly, the "antlers" are more erect and the sepals are more twisted on Den. stratiodes. Probably some color differences on the lip as well. Both are very nice.
Better lock your doors Jim - I like that Lc. Irene's Song 'Monclair' an awful lot, LOL! The first cattleya my Dad got broke right through the pot and when I moved back home I did my best to split it into three. This was years ago before I knew anything about orchids, but they managed to survive despite my best attempts. Hope you have just a regular pot and not a cute one, though. I'd hate to lose a nice one.
Little Ascocenda Jiraprapra x Vanda Charles Goodfellow. Like Mjs, I got this four or so years ago as a baby in a bag. This is the first bloom. It got burned a few years ago before I had the right shade cloth.
Impossible to photograph well without a tripod, the tiny bell flowers of Pleurothallis Mathildae nod downward. They are delicately striped with lavender inside. This one continues to put out new spikes and flowers throughout winter.
Vanda Manuvadee x Fuch's Delight. This one is blooming on a large keiki. Sometimes I can get the mother plant to bloom after, making for a very long season. I'd like to divide it but despite its size there are currently only roots at the base of the mother plant. The last photo is not doctored. It looks very blue in certain light. The first two photos were taken at a different time of day.
I spotted this little mop head on Bulbophyllum medusae today. I can get it to bloom several flowers, but have not been able to do it all at once where it makes for a striking specimen. It is still a relatively young plant.
Masdevallia atropurpurea has been both an aggressive grower and bloomer. It too produces flowers over a long season. This Masdie made it through our wicked three digit summer. I periodically refresh the sphagnum on mounts by pulling away the old stuff with hemostats and retying new sphag to the mount.
This is a slower than watching paint dry orchid...Aerangis citrata. It won best in Vanda class two years ago at the Atlanta show. It is forming spikes now and won't bloom until (hopefully) mid-March. I love the tiny Aerangis.
Thank you, Melanie. My bloomers usually pick up this time of year since I purposely collected Fall and Winter blooming plants the first few years I started growing again. I still do that since we are away working on the veggie garden at Maypop for much of the summer. Something to get me through the long, dreary days of winter. Nothing like Tommy's though. :)
Well I've missed a bunch, and have some catching up to do.
Got several blooming and spiking but no pics...I need to remedy that !
Jim, your posts of B. David Sander have put me on the hunt.
Laurel, Ascocenda Jiraprapra x Vanda Charles Goodfellow is still going strong for me and one I'm really enjoying.
I like the little Pleurothallis also. I need to go back to the Nov. thread and look...I'm sure I've missed some lovely's !!!
Thanks, Elaine. I'm feeling a bit guilty for not posting much lately. I can't say that things will get better. I am thankfully busy with work as the holidays near and will stay busy with work through mid-January.
Did I say we are expecting a grand here? Our daughter and SIL have announced great expectations. We were more than a bit taken aback with the speedy announcement. Just getting used to them being married this past July.
Got out and took some pictures today.
Wonder why it rearranges the pictures ?
First one was supposed to be B. nodosa Lady of the night...not like any I've seen before so I don't know. It's actually a little more of that butter yellow than it looks on the screen.
2nd is BC Little Lulu, getting darker as it ages, blooms have been on for over a month now.
3rd is B. nodosa Remar x nodosa Mas Mejor
Got several budding and spiking in the Greenhouse so will finally have something to post !
Jim if you find an extra David Sander I'd be interested also.
Thanks Jim, but I'm not allowed any more orchids for a while. I'm running out of room! I'm trying to devise some kind of hanging bar system where I can hang my vandas but not knock myself in the head with them.
Thanks Carol. I've been holding out on you guys, but I've been a GM for seven years. We have a thirty eight year old son. I'd rather everyone think I'm twenty-something. I'd settle for thirty-something. Okay, forty-something but no more! BTW, I found an Isochilus in the greenhut today after saying I had none. This must mean I have too many orchids. lol
Mjs, very nice Brassavolas. I can't pick a favorite. They are all nice.
P4P, thanks for stopping by to peek.
Mellie, my Vandas hang on black extendable cafe rods from IKEA. They weigh nothing and the rods are cheap.
Thanks on the Brassies...if someone said I could only keep one I'd have a hard time too...but BC Little LuLu would be at the top of the list. Not as fragrant as the others tho so maybe not...See I can't make up my mind either.
I use those black rods also in my greenhouse to make extra hanging space in between the rafters.
Laurel, LOL at you finding the Isochilus...I "lose" plants periodically...wandering around wondering where I put so and so...and have actually bought a hoya once that I forgot I already had.
My Phal is looking "less than happy". Seems the lower (older) leaves are just not as green and plump as the newer ones. Should I just cut them off????
I think they all survived my being away for the week. Watered everyone this AM.
I'm not a big fan of wacking off leaves unless it is really necessary. If they are still green and black rot is not working its way back into the plant, let the leaf be. You will know when it is time to take if off.
Out in the OC, Epidendrum ciliare is blooming nicely.
Schomburgkia undulata got my attention when it put up a 7 foot spike two years ago. Last year I got nothing but this year it has three spikes, each over three feet long and growing. It will be interesting to see how tall they get. I don't expect blooms soon as it takes time for them to grow these tall spikes.
OK, Jim you definitely have the most posts so far this month. (stirring the pot) Guess MayPop just hasn't had time to post.
I must say India Red Sherwood would be one of my favorites. I love the color red.
Yes, for sure we are all in this together. Jim has a beautiful collection and has done an awesome job of keeping us up to date on the monthly threads. I do appreciate that my contributions are enjoyed. Thanks bunches.
Wonderful show, Jim. My favs are Epidendrum ciliare & Potinara Hoku Gem 'Freckles'. L. Purp 'alba' is beautiful, Bree,
Think I'll have one or two to shoot this weekend. Waiting on some cyms, dens, onc and Shelob to pop
Jean, I do the same thing - jotting down names of the orchids I have to have!
Jim, I like all the orchids you posted. Very nice and a good variety!
I've still got the two vandas in spike but the buds are starting to pop out. I told them if they hurry up I can take them to the orchid meeting in two weeks. I don't know if they'll listen, though, LOL! I also noticed today that one of my cattleyas has a couple of buds on it so that got me all excited. It was one I bought in the spring so I'm glad to see it blooming again. I'm happy when I see any of them reblooming! It makes me think I must be doing something right.
There are certain no such terms in the context of orchid speak. The word "budget" is one. Also, a DH who uses the term "budget" in re: orchids is just H and not D. That's why mine is referred to as SO (Significant Other) so issues such as who gets orchids and when never get confused. No question who wears the terracotta pots in this house!
Peg asked about a red Vanda and as luck would have it, I had one ready to pop. Here is Vanda Sinlak X Vanda Bitz's Heartthrob. The flowers are still cupped a little and will flatten with time. If the third photo doesn't do it for you, then I give up.
Ooh..vandas! I'm still waiting for my two to pop but they're getting closer. I can see the color on the little "knobs" that form.
I spent a little time this morning cleaning up my orchids. Just getting rid of the spent blooms and cutting off some dead parts. I also moved the smaller orchids to the front row so I can keep a better eye on them. Everybody looks spiffy now and I even managed to make some room for a couple more orchids, LOL!
Here's a few that are on their last legs (bloom-wise). The first is Blc Goldenzelle 'Frank Smith' x Pot Marion Smith 'Krull-Smith'. The second is C. Isle of Skye 'Nereid' which everyone seemed to like the first time around. And lastly, Blc Mem Ray Hashach x Blc Miya's Gold.
I had to include a photo of the cute little buds coming out on one of my cattleyas. I can't wait until it blooms!
JIm, the second picture had me sold with the roots just dangling on that Vanda.
Mellie, just lovely. Do you grow these in the greenhouse? I'd have to have them where I can see them all day long, but with the mornings in the high 30's, I have no idea how I would do it...no screened in porch or whatever..
Blc Annie Belle is a big spreading Catt with a high number on the floof scale. I've had her for a long time and she blooms every year at this time. She has opened two flowers today with three more large buds in the cue.
Bree, every time you show that D. burana enerald I like it a little more. Great color.
Carol, very nice Catt cross. Interesting lip and nice red color.
I took a field trip yesterday to go down to Sarasota to pick up a rare palm a grower had found for me and to find a David Sanders for Kathy. While there, I picked up three more orchids for myself. I was going to hook up with Elaine but when she got wind I was coming, she left the country. :>) Anyway, this palm lady lives about 30 miles east of Sarasota on several acres. It is a pretty piece of property but way out in the country. When I rang the doorbell, a hired hand answered and he looked terrified. He asked me if I was good with snakes which I view as always being a bad question. My next door neighbor called me in the middle of the night a couple of months ago and asked the same thing. Next thing I knew I was in his dining room in my night clothes playing hide and seek with a big black garden snake. To my advantage, snakes don't move well on porcelain tile and I managed to get him out the door. Anyway, I asked the guy what the problem was and he said there was a snake of unknown type under the chair in the computer room. I went in to look and sure enough, there was a 30 inch long coral snake (yes, red touching yellow) on the tile floor. That started my adrenaline pumping and increased my heart rate substantially. My first instinct was to get the heck out of there but this guy was scared out of his mind and saying how I was sent there by God and all of that. So, I asked him for a machete, thanked the Lord for the tile floor and dropped to my knees. It took about 5 minutes, seemed like an hour, but the snake made a wrong move and lost his head. I know some of you are upset at that and truth is I would have gone to great lengths to save a garden snake or a rat snake but this fellow was not to be messed with and I didn't want him loose in the lady's house. It turns out the lady had forgot I was coming but this guy called her, found out where my palm was and I left with it in toe. I think he shook my hand twenty times before I got out of there. I'll post my new orchids later.
P. St Swithin x Moquettianum is neally opened its 1st flower. The stems nice and straight, even without a stake.
Second flower on my P. Pinnochio x Bellatulum 'album' has opened now the 1st has died and fallen off.
Jim yeah the flowers on that den. last forever.
Hi all, great snake story, Jim! I wish I'd gone with you on that trip. Adrenaline junkie here, y'know. Next time you visit the palm lady, I am on board. We could hit Palmer Orchids to look at Neos as well. They are "way out" east of Bradenton too.
My great adventure this week was a nice encounter with a 6ft. hammerhead while diving on the North Wall of Gr. Cayman. Luckily I did not have to cut off his head with a machete. He cruised by in leisurely fashion about 20ft. away. What a thrill. I was so pumped I was banging on my tank to get the attention of the others, and didn't get a picture.Such an airhead.
We will likely visit the botanical garden tomorrow so I will try to post some pics soon.
Glad to hear we got some rain, my garden will be happy. I just hope it stays warm-ish after this next front goes by. Ground and gulf water are still pretty warm so not likely to drop temps too much, right?
Elaine, I'm glad you are back safe and sound. I have a couple of new ones to show from my Sarasota trip. First up is Blc. Phu Lin X B. cucullata which was hybridized by this grower but has yet to be registered. The color and form just blew me away.
I'm caught up in holiday work and celebration. Been using the bit of time available to enjoy everyone's photos.
Bree, your Paphs are always gorgeous.
Ted, I have several Liparis. They are good looking plants when not in bloom and fun to grow.
Carol, I'm not usually wild about art shades but your Lc is very interesting. Red is always an eye catcher.
Jim, the R. glauca is killer. It's been on my list for years. Beautiful presentation on the mount.
Ascocenda Udomchai Beauty is opening. It's got a yellow parent and a red parent. Rather than being orange it's an airbrushed looking red over yellow. Maybe dusky rose would be the best description of the color.
You got that right, Carol. Oh, how I have tried. Only the neo's seem to do well for me. I bought a Ascocentrum miniatum some 2 years ago and I can count on one hand the number of LEAVES it has added. lol
My Wils Castle Issa Hilo Bay is starting to bloom. I've had her for at least 2 years & this is the 1st time she has re-bloomed. And has 4 nice long shoots. I'll attempt pics later but am terrible at getting them from camera to computer.
I re-potted my sad looking Phal yesterday. Cut off quite a few dead roots but there seem to be a fair number of white, plump, healthy looking ones. Now to see if he makes it. Was just a grocery store Orchid but bloomed for 4 mo.
And finally Dendrobium Chan Chao. I know these are blooming and I usually wait to repot until they finish but these are new and were still in tiny plastic pots crammed with moss. I just couldn't take it.
I'm a sucker for fimbriated lips, Jim. And you are so right about the Vandas. At least I was thinking the same thing when I saw Carol and Ted's posts. I do try to hold steady at around twenty five. If I swap out or sell one I'll replace it. Otherwise Vanda Row is full up.
Pelatantheria insectifera keeps putting out a few blooms here and there. This is one of my favs now.
A NOID Tolumnia that blooms each year. I know I've got the tag somewhere. Pretty sure it's one of the Jairak Rainbow series.
The second Tolumnia is Tol. Golden Sunset 'Paprika Dust'. The spikes went unnoticed against the greenhut wall and now are all twisty. Oh well. Went into warfare mode with the Tolumnias after a terrible scale attack this Fall. They get into the center of the fans and kill the plant. Glad to see blooms.
Bit of orchid weirdness...Brassavola nodosa bloomed months ago but decided one more for the road would be a good idea. Even one flower smells up the greenhut. Of course there's B. cordata going on in there as well.
Looking good, Laurel. I've got 6 big Catts blooming, a couple of Vandas and some Brassavolas as well so the OC has a great fragrance too. This has been a couple of good orchid months for me. I think I have around 25 Vandas also.
Jim, so glad the OC has worked out for you. It looks like you now have a full time job. You know the problem with orchids...build it and they will come. I have not quite got a handle on how many are too many but I do know that the more I acquire the quality of care starts to decline. I have potting that should have been taken care of months ago. My Vanda count includes the larger Vanda/Ascocenda brood and not all the vandaceous relatives, many of which are only inches tall. The miniature species such as various Aerangis do well for me.
Glad you got a souvenir to remind you of Twinkies, Jim. Hostess never made anything as sweet as that little orchid, though.
We went all through the botanic park here yesterday, and once again all the orchids are finished blooming. We saw exactly two blooms even though the garden has thousands of orchids in the trees here. One day I will get here in springtime to see them in bloom. They even have two, count 'em, two Grammatophylum scriptum plants in 3ft baskets. They still had the spent flower spikes on them from the last bloom cycle - arg.
Jean, do document the progress for us. Bet you are excited.
Jim, your L. anceps cross is very photogenic. Looks like you've got another spike coming.
We are at Maypop for a long weekend. I was able to work in the garden yesterday afternoon and cut grass just in time to beat the rain. Most of today was either raining or pea soup fog. The mountain mists are beautiful, the view of the pond magical, and it's been nice to break from the outdoor work to cook special meals and sit by the fire and quilt. Very peaceful.
Sounds Wonderful !! Family here all day, Pre Christmas barbeque as the weather is nice and warm. It's Brassavola row here, but no time to take pics. Will try to do soon, but am wiped out for this evening. Love your little Jairak Rainbow Tol. William Wallace is full of blooms right now, need to get a pic of him also.
Jim, You keep posting pics of orchids that I end up putting on my wish list such as Epc. Haiku Twinkie 'Red Elf' and Slc. India Rose Sherwood Just loverly !!!
Brassolaelia Memoria Bernice Foster looks quite a bit like B. Yellow Bird.
I have a good size vegetable garden at our place in N. GA where we grow many heirloom and open pollinated varieties. It occupies more of my energy than orchids. About half an acre in fruit and veggies. It requires that we travel back and forth weekly during the three seasons we normally grow. This is one of the few years I did not plant a Fall garden. I used to do a lot of landscape gardening but our homes' landscapes are now mature and I no longer feel the need to perpetually arrange and rearrange. Friends gift me interesting perennials, native species plants and terrestrial orchids that I enjoy adding to our seventeen acres of natural landscape.
I minimize the variety of non-orchid plants grown with orchids because cheap and easily replaceable house plants often carry insects and diseases that spread to not so cheap or easily replaceable orchids.
Peg, you can see lots of pictures of my other flowers and plants over on the Tropicals forum. I am a Master Gardener and proud keeper of a gold-standard Florida Friendly yard here in Sarasota. We have about a 12,000 sq. ft. lot with mostly shifting shade from four huge oak trees. I got rid of all the lawn areas a square yard or two at a time until now the only mowing required around our house is the road verge belonging to the County. My dear neighbor mows it for me with his rider mower in exchange for free well water. Ornamentals consist of mostly perennials, shrubs and drought tolerant vines with mulch and gravel pathways. Cane begonias are a favorite under the oak trees. We also have a little water garden with water lilies and iris in the entry to the front door of the house that, thank goodness, is in a nice state of balance and requires very little maintenance now. I have a shrinking sunny area in the back yard where I grow veggies in Earth Boxes from September until about May or June. I have ripe tomatoes on the vine at this moment, in fact. My brother got to enjoy the first broccoli of the season out of my garden last week while we were away. A large raised bed hosts a variety of herbs - fennel is a current favorite and I love having an array of basils to choose from. I also grow fruit - mango, lychee, passion fruit, figs, limes, kumquat and I'm making an attempt at dragon fruit. (mostly for the flowers) I have at least eight different types of gingers which were my passion before I got bit by the orchid bug a few years ago. In summer, the yard becomes an overgrown flowery jungle, and I manage between swims to keep the pathways clear until it is cool enough to restore order in the fall. I reassured my garden helper that the plants slow down and the gardeners speed up as the weather cools, thankfully. I also have a collection of brugmansias - Angel's Trumpet - of different colors and forms in pots. They are nematode magnets and don't do well in the ground here, so the pots get bigger, and they migrate around the yard during the year for the best light conditions. See pic for the one inside the pool cage that is in bloom right now.
I have no plants inside the house at all, unless one of my scented cattleyas is in bloom. They attract the raccoons with their spice-cookie scent so I bring them indoors while they are blooming. Otherwise, I feel that indoor plants invite unwanted insect guests.
I have another garden in Salt Lake City at my daughter's house that I visit two or three times a year. She and her DH are not gardeners, but try hard to maintain it between my visits. They bought a brand-new house without any vestige of landscaping and could not afford time or money for it so I shaped a fairly low maintenance garden for them and we had a lot of fun doing it. Again, mostly perennials, ground covers, a few roses and hardy shrubs there. Small raised beds for a few veggies and strawberries are a treat.
Laurel is right about mixing plants, so anything I pick up goes to a quarantine area AWAY from the orchids. I have been successful so far doing it that way.
I have a pretty eclectic collection. There are about 18 begonias, mostly the cane type, that form a kind of low fence around the orchids. Also some Tilly’s. Next to the orchid area is my desert area, a lot of bromeliads, cacti, succulents etc. Throw in a Brug, several Elephant ear types, Azaleas, Carnivorous/bog, Lillys, Amaryllis, Gardenia, a half barrel with an elf garden, Aralia. I use DG’s journal to keep track of what’s where, so you can see a listing if you want.
During the summer it's also tomatoes and strawberries
Elaine - if you feel the need to start a new garden, feel free to take over my yard!!!! I'm in the process of turning 1/2 my back yard into a garden. Everytime I plan to get a load of top soil, there is something blocking access to my back yard. So now it will be a project for January.
My Orchids all live indoors. Over the winter, I plan to create a shade house off the shed so some of the larger guys can hang out there come next summer.
I'm a Master Gardener as well and live on an acre here in Florida. I collect rare palms, cycads, fruits and roses. My yard looks like a botanical garden and takes a lot of my time. Like Laurel, the yard is becoming mature so I hope the work load decreases. We used to have a thread on this forum devoted to the other plants we grow but it has fallen by the wayside.
I've been lucky to have a tour of Jim's beautiful garden. It's like a mini Versailles. Only much more interesting, jmho.
Jean, LoL I've got too much garden going already, sorry! Aside from the two described above, I'm helping with an elementary school vegetable garden just a few blocks away. That has turned out to take a lot more of my time than I had figured. So much fun, though. We harvested potatoes, onions, carrots and spinach today. Kids will make "Stone Soup" tomorrow.
Hope you'll all tolerate one more shot of my funny little "maybe Yellow Bird". It's turned completely orange now. The flowers sure last a lot longer in cool weather - I thought they'd all be gone by now but they're going strong. Sorry about the fuzzy pic, taken when it was almost dark. Sure glad the days start getting longer this weekend!
Jean, did you ever see the pics of the greenhut when it was more like a pergola on the deck? I used two rolls of nylon window screen over and down the exterior and covered it in 6 mil plastic in cold weather. It allowed me to keep the orchids out from April 'til November here in 7b. Bet that would work for you. I did a whole photo thing on how we built it using two black shelving units available at the BB stores. We could even heat it using a box heater and an outdoor extension cord. Shoot! Don't make me go looking for those pics. I'mnot good at DG research.
Paph. Petula is opening. I'm hoping for a later bloom from a newer growth. Last year there were two simultaneous blooms. I sold a division three years ago. The new owner brought it to AOS judging. It got an AM (Award Of Merit for those not into the abbs.) for a single bloom. I'll repot her this Spring.
Oncidium Gold Dust is a very fragrant Twinkle type. You can stand several feet away and smell those small flowers. I had Onc. Fragrant Fantasy, a white one, and lost it. That was my fav. This one was divided x3 last Spring. It usually has many more spikes.
One bitty flower on Epidendrum porpax. This was a tiny gift last year from Steve Arthur of Steve Arthur Orchids. This mat forming orchid makes a beautiful specimen when mature. http://www.orchidspecies.com/epporpox.htm This is an easy one for those interested in species minis.
Ascocenda Udomchai Beauty is now fully open. The color in the first photo is most accurate. I had not noticed the purple showing up in the second photo. It is now a rusty shade of brown. I like it though Ascocenda flowers go directionally where ever they want. That's not to everyone's taste.
I missed photographing that Bulbo medusae when fully open and almost missed this one. It's one I got at a raffle and labeled Bulbo fascinator 'Crownpoint'. It might be more correctly Bulbophyllum fascinator x Bulbo annomoense 'Crownpoint'. Very long tails that were already browning.
Laurel, great show overall but that Paph photo is brilliant. You must have returned to your photo school for graduate classes. Outstanding. I also like the Epidendrum porpax. The Bulbo looks like my Bulb fascinator.
Newly open for me this morning is Lc Warneri - purpurata 'Brazilian' X B. nodosa. I have it mounted on a square piece of tree fern and hanging from the bottle palm in the OC.
Then there is this first time bloomer for me. It is Schombodiacrium (Smbdcm) Star of Rio 'Rose' AM/AOS. Note in the picture of the plant, my bananas on the table that I just harvested. This is the second bunch this year. I had to cut it in half to lift it.
Jim - Lc Warneri - purpurata 'Brazilian' X B. nodosa is lovely. I think you need to go on vacation & I'll come & babysit all the Orchids for you. I Promise they would all be there when you return!!!!!!
Sorry, Jean, but I'm in a non-trusting mood right now. I put a card and tin of cookies out for the trash men this morning at 5:10 AM. At 5:30 AM, the trash guys had not arrived yet but the cookies were gone. That's right, in this high-end gated community, someone stole cookies put out as a gift at 5 something in the morning. People never cease to amaze.
Thanks, guys. No raccoons on this caper. It was a sealed tin box and good size at that. I'm thinking the newspaper guy who drives around at that time. We have cameras at the gate so we are checking if he was in here at that time.
Jim, I'm not sure when I bought that vanda but I think it's one of my older ones. Most of my vandas are from either Chapman's or Smiley's because they are the ones who always came to the USF plant sales. But I am looking forward to our next Apopka trip!
Cookie thieves are the worst !!! I wrap up a box for both the Postal delivery guy as he is soooo good about calling me if there is a box with plants in it. ( We get our Mail at one of those community boxe's that you have to have a key for cause we are so far from the road). and I take a box up to the UPS place cause they are also very good to me.
AND ...Where did you get that Lc Warneri - purpurata 'Brazilian' X B. nodosa, that just shot straight up to the top of my want list...Just Lovely !!!
Mel, that's a super nice Vanda ya got there. My confidence with Vanda's is boosted since I got the Ascocenda Jiraprapra x Vanda Charles Goodfellow to bloom this year.
I'd love to find one that is more Blue than Purple.
I'm really hoping I can snag some photos' here soon, or else it will be too late...Just been super busy.
Laurel yes it is summer, yeah most of my paphs do bloom in winter but not this one. I didnt get it to long ago maybe its confused still. hehe! I cant remember where it came from probably down sth where its cooler. Have to wait until it flowers next time and see if its in summer again.
This talk about Vandas blooming in the Winter had me a bit sad since the one I picked up in Apopka (my 1 & only Vanda) is just hanging there and not blooming. I was just in to give him his morning spritz and noticed what appears to be a bloom stalk emerging!!!! I am thrilled!!!! I wasn't sure he was at all happy where I have him hanging or that I was spritzing him enuf.
Jean, I've had Vandas for years that still have not bloomed. There are hybrids out there with species lineage where the color and form was desirable but the plant takes ten years or more to mature enough to bloom. Of course many hybridizers are crossing for plants that bloom earlier and more often. In general, Ascocendas and their crosses are more accommodating with blooms and handle slightly lower light.
No, but I'm thinking about what a great life that would be. The OC is pretty full and, unless I start rearranging things, I'm out of room. The same holds true with the garden in general. There is only one orchid on the want list and I am in no hurry to get it. The orchids seem to like the OC and are blooming their hearts out. I just closed the windows as there is a cold front coming through. I can't imagine carrying all of these plants around to the garage like in the old days.
We are going down to twenty five tonight. I boosted the primary heater up today and will take the second one off the timer to run all day tomorrow because the high will only be in the mid-forties. Hopefully this too shall pass (and quickly) but it will be a chilly here for few days.
Brrr! Our lows are predicted to be only mid-40s so not too drastic yet. Gulf water is still pretty warm so that mitigates the cold air a bit.
All mine are cozied up together so that I can cover them easily for a few nights. Right now I am sweaty from fussing about outside. It is warm and muggy ahead of the front.
My "opal" Spathoglottis are still blooming like crazy with lots of buds coming along. I will have to keep them warm for sure! My Bc. Little Lulu is almost open. Not looking that luscious pink like Mj's but it may fade out to that, I hope.
We'll be getting a frost and freeze here...so not only are all the Orchids inside either the greenhouse or house, but I spent the better part of the last couple of days moving Hoyas and other tropicals inside and digging out the two trunks of blankets and flannel sheets that are stored in the barn to cover plants that are too big to move...like my 35 year old Staghorn !!...grrrr just in time for Christmas...everyone wants to know where the cookies are...no time to bake.
Elaine, the Lc Cariad's Mini Quinee you found for me last spring has 1 bud that should be opening soon.
Not a great pic but B. Yellow Bird is a happy camper.
Finally got an id on what was supposed have been B. nodosa Lady of the night, "She" is a "He" LOL Bc Bill Worsley ( B.nodosa x C. aurantia)
Is a bit more Yellow that what's showing in the pic, and cute little speckles in the throat. Very fragrant too.
My orchids are all either brought in or tucked in. I brought all the vandas inside to the garage (that's Banjong Sky Blue in bloom). Having one of those portable clothes hanger things is nice. Then, Dad and I covered everyone else with two layers of blankets and wrapped blankets around the north side (which is also the back side) of the orchid shack. Hopefully, everyone makes it through!
Tol. William Thurston is beautifully bloomed and such beautiful flowers.
The wind howled all night long. Limbs and airborne debris were crashing on the roof and hitting the windows. Our house is pretty much glass and our room is on the third floor. It's scary in that kind of weather. We once got hit with a tornado and the French doors next to my bed blew open. I looked like the swamp thing by the time I got out of the room; covered in leaves and greenish goo. The greenhut hung in there and was nice and toasty this morning. We surprisingly didn't loose power for more than a few minutes at a time. Temperatures are now tumbling. It's still blustery but nothing like last night and earlier today.
I closed the windows on the OC and took a nap. They are calling for a low of 42 degrees and the palms and mango tree will handle that. Lots of gusty wind out in the yard but no damage. I did find some soft scale on a Catt which I blasted with Orthene yesterday and will remove with alcohol and cotton balls now. It's nice and toasty in the OC with the sun shining brightly. I save the blanket brigade for the low 30s.
Ummm, Inbetween finishing up moving plants, and dragging all the Plant Jammies out, Kids dropped off the Grandkids...fortunately they are the type that want to help, and can carry light plants into the barn. Now baking some cookies...and the KIDS are still out playing...LOL...it's all good, a little chilly and most definitely a mad house here, but good. Only reason I got a chance to check in is cause I was checking a recipe.
Laurel, I think I saw you in the movie Swamp Thing !!
Yep, that was me...swamp thing. It was my first, and hopefully last, tornado experience. A big tornado blenderizes everything in its path so the tree leaves and debris are ground up. The smell is unreal too. It was like getting dumped with sewage. We grabbed the animals and ran down to the lowest level. We had no power for five days and could barely see out the glass walls of the house because we were covered in trees. It took a year and a half to clean up and repair the damage. We lost seven hickorys and as many oaks, all sixty or more feet. One oak was over eighty feet and left a hole in the ground the size of a large home pool. It took two days of dump trucks dumping and workmen scurrying with wheelbarrows just to fill that one hole. We had cast iron lawn furniture out in the street over four hundred feet away.
Well in happier news my raised-from-a-seedling, Angraecum sesquipedale, looks like it will bloom for the first time this year (fingers crossed). I've had it so long in a wicker basket that the basket is coming apart. It had a bud last year, not nearly this advanced, that turned yellow and aborted. Also known as Darwin's orchid and Star of Bethlehem orchid, it looks like it's pretty much on time. Check out the very long nectary. It started out like a giant curl and is slowly dropping down. It has an interesting history if you are interested. http://wallacefund.info/darwin-and-wallaces-predictions-come-true-0
Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but Ascocenda Udomchai Beauty is now cinnamon. I have four Vandas in bloom now and several to go. Vanda Manuvadee x Fuch's Delight (my big blue) is supposed to be fragrant but I've never smelled a scent until this year. This year it has a light floral scent like a Spring garden. Vanda denisoniana x Ascocenda Suksamran Spot on the other hand smells up the whole end of the greenhut (in a good way).
I have issues with folks who have issues with Vandas that don't have flowers like dinner plates. What's with that? So many gorgeous colors and scented crosses with twisty flowers are dissed. Okay, I feel better now. :)
Glad you got that out Laurel, LOL! I have all sorts of vandas (still hanging in the garage; I don't trust the weatherman) of many shapes and colors. The dinner plate ones are fun but there are so many small ones, fragrant ones, oddly-colored ones, etc. Chapman had one that was almost a dove gray when we were there and I really wish I could have bought it, but it was part of his breeding stock. My second vanda that was in spike is about to open so expect some photos in a few days.
I like the color mix in your Oncidium; very pretty and happy looking!
I'm about to get ready for midnight mass. I'm singing in the choir and playing in the bell choir as well. I expect it to be a long but glorious night. I wish all of you a Merry Christmas filled with love, joy and happiness. Above all, keep safe.
I got a deep purple NOID Den for a Christmas gift. I chuckled & told my cousin this may be the only Den I ever see actually blooming. She did good & got one with 1 open flower and many buds on 2 stalks.
Wishing everyone Many Glorious Blooms this Season!!!!!
The weather people are calling for frost tonight so the orchids are tucked under their blankies again. Except the vandas which got moved inside. Speaking of vandas...V. coerulea x coerulea finally opened a couple of blooms.
We're under a light freeze warning here. Cids have been inside "somewhere"
Buds on Cym. Sara Jean Ice Cacade, Rhynchostylis gigantea Peach Something, can't tell if it's "Sorbet" or Sherbert, and Lc Jungle Eyes has a spike just forming,as well as a few of the Brassavola's. Just hope I can keep them happy enough to bloom and not blast...in the mean time I'm sitting here filling hot water jugs for the greenhouse.
I sympathize, MJ. I've got one cattleya that's had buds for weeks now. I keep bringing it inside when it's cold and then taking it back out when it's warm. The poor thing is probably confused - but I hope it blooms and doesn't get mad at me instead. One of the buds has a tiny slit where I can see the purple coming through so I'm staying optimistic. Getting the plants to rebloom always feels like victory for me, LOL!
I'm right there with you two, although we won't get as cold, I hope. Mid-40's is predicted.
I've got a huge collection of water jugs that I've been schlepping around all day, keeping them in the sun to get warm. They're all tucked away under blankets with all the orchids, and my veggie plants as well.
I have at least 7 phals with spikes as well as a couple of brassavolas and one of my catts as well.
Well, all the orchids are back out and uncovered. I wanted to get them out of the garage so they can get some of the rain we're expecting. The good thing about rearranging them is I think I have room for more, ha ha ha! Speaking of more, there's an orchid show Jan 4-5 in Sarasota that I'll be attending. Anyone else going?
Absolutely! I've got a date with a girlfriend to have coffee and go to the show late morning-ish on Saturday. btw, it is the 5th and 6th, Saturday and Sunday. It's a nice little show, in a venerable old building. Here's the link http://www.sarasotaorchidsociety.org/orchid_shows_events/2012/2012_show.html D-mail me if you'd like to meet up? It would be great to put a face to your name, since I sadly missed the Apopka trip.
We're getting some light rain already, but at least it is still pretty nice and warm.
I have a C. 'White spark Panda' on life support. I bought it two years ago, in bloom, but I over-potted it...Sigh. It is still alive, but I may not live long enough to ever see it bloom again. All part of the learning process.
Yes, also wishing all of you a very happy and healthy year to come. We have had a house full of family and guests since last Friday. Some of our company will stay on through this coming weekend. Been a little busy to say the least but having lots of fun. After tomorrow we will move the party to our cottage in N. GA.
Wow, where did the year go? The older I get, the faster time flies. Thanks to all who posted or followed along. I hope we all learned something about orchids and enjoyed the experience. Please join me at our new January thread: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1292454/