Vegas was a blast and I/we had a wonderful time. Who needs slot machines when you have people like Carol and Deb giving you hoyas!! I felt like I was on the Price is Right, and I picked the right door!! Carol brought me a beautiful variegated epi, Fraterna (aff), Wallichii, Vitensis, lots of dischidia cuttings, mini Lacunosa, a Polynuera with the biggest leaves I've ever seen, and a Wightii, I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Deb gave me scissors and free acess to her BEAUTIFUL & HEALTHY hoyas, she also gave me a BIG BIG Dischidia, a hoya we think is DS-128, a cutting of a very different type of Lacunosa, Cagayanensis, and I know I'm forgetting something. Deb and her husband were wonderful hosts. My mini-belle bloomed while I was gone and it has the most wonderful smell to it. I'm off to pot up my cuttings!!
It's great to be back home and we got back just in time. The young man I had watching the greenhouse didn't do what he was supposed to do. If we had stayed away much longer, I would have come home to fried green hoyas. They looked really stressed when we got home last night; however this morning they looked much better. This is the last time I leave a "non plant" person to watch my babies! Susan thank you for the compliment, I started really young:-), I will be a wonderful 55 years young next month!! Ric isn't that epi the kewlest! I wish I did have all the hoyas I wanted; I do have Patella coming though. This hoya was grown from seed and Deb (who gave it to me) isn't sure what it is. The leaves aren't as thick as mini-belle or shepherdii.
The jackpot for ME was meeting Awanda and Deb! Of course, their husbands, too!! Awanda is as lovely and as funny and gentle and loving as she appears on line. My sister, Joy, got to get in on the Hoya Happening...and we really were impressed with Debs plants. I mean...it was SOOOooo hot and so dry and with the A/C...well, an environment pretty foreign to me! Her plants are big and happy!!!
And, yes, Debbi gifted some beautiful plants to Awanda...the knife Awanda was holding at her throat was irrelevant!!! ;>)
Yes it was wonderful meeting online hoya addicts. And the knife I was holding was really small:-). It felt like we had known each other for years, lots of laughing. Deb was kind enough to let us swim, use the jacuzzi and her hubby cooked hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. As Carol mentioned, Deb's hoyas were just awesome, especially since she grows them all inside with air conditioning. Our hoya babies are adaptable, tough, and survivors.
Awanda looks mucho young...not a wrinkle and not a grey hair. (beauty envy here)...but, hey, I don't look bad for 83, do I? (OOOOOps, that's the way I feel today...actually 65 and look every year of it...I love my Cleatmarks of Life!).
Yes, Carol...you do look pretty darned good! Hope I look so good @ 65!
OK, now I'm confused, cuz I have a (slowly growing) cutting of what was labeled as D. geri and then i have this UN-ID'd Dischidia *plant*...and they look nothing alike! So frustrating...just like ID'ing hoyas!
Do you know, Carol, if D. geri has a bit of that powdery 'bloom'?
Carol...do people ever say 'you look a lot like_______(insert name)? You look like someone...but I can't decide who it is...seems like it's someone famous, though!
I respect anyone posting their own picture. I have been dodging cameras for the last couple years. I swear an old lady jumps in my body everytime a camera is snapped.
Nan, when I first started collecting Hoyas someone sent me a D. geri in a trade. She sent it as H. cumingiana so I potted it up with a small plant by the same name. I kept these two potted together even after I realized one plant was the D. geri becasue the Dischidia hangs down while the Hoya shoots up. My point is the leaves of D. geri are similar in size to H. cumingiana.
The dischidia I got from Deb does have a chalky film on the leaves and really tiny flowas. Nan, Deb is a behind the scene hoya-addict:-). Carol didn't have on glasses, I do have some grey hair, and it's from trying to get all these darn hoya names correct:-).
Diane says that there are good friends on this site. I found this page where these ladies went to Las Vegas together. I would love that. If anyone ever comes to Idaho, my roomate and I would like to visit too.