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We had a wonderful month of April - we had so many posts from different contributors that we started a second thread. It was FUN!!
Let's keep it going - please, show your stuff !
Here now is Trichopilia Suave Margins, a nice Orchid which I got about 4 years ago from Santa Barbara Orchids. They list it as Trpla marginata x suavis.
A ruffled dress, a pretty perfume - she is ready for a party!
And here's the whole fam-damily. The top two shelves are all orchids. The bottom two shelves (that you can't see in the picture) have grow lights that I start outdoor seedlings under in the spring. That's all gonna change at the end of this month. Those bottom two shelves are going to become additional orchid growing shelves under the lights, basically doubling my orchid space. Woo hoo! My credit card is shuddering. Ü
The voles don't eat them so I'm really getting interested now. Glad you liked the show. It really was a window shopping trip so the pics were not too exciting (just informative) and the light was bad, but you get the idea. I was there 2 hours-bought lots of auricula primroses, joined up, took quick pics, and bought a book on miniature orchids and a dark chocolate bar for the ride home. On the way home I bought coleus and sweet potato vines for planters. I may be going to VT soon to see a primrose expert's garden. I'll be hitching a ride with my iris friend who loves and shows primroses at Tower Hill (Andrew's mom, Todd).
Proving the old adage that even a blind hog will find an acorn once in a while, I was in Home Depot to buy a bag of rocks when I notice the orchid man had just arrived and was opening boxes. I watched as he placed several new phals on the sale table and then gasped as he pulled out two of the most beautiful Miltoniopsis orchids I had ever seen. Both are in 6 inch clay pots and the blooms measure 3.5 by 4 inches across. Needless to say, both followed me home and I even remembered to bring the rocks. So like a proud papa, I'm priviledged to show you Milt. Keiko Komoda 'H181'.
Ursula - cool Restrepia; it's leaves kind of remind me of a Hoya. Jim - love the Butterfly orchid, the Phal. Salu Rose x Golden Sun, the FABULOUS Miltoniopsis's (Home Depot? Wow!), and tomatoes already! I'm still nursing mine along under the lights, which they have outgrown, and I can't put them outside for probably three more weeks.
Kathy - your slide show was great. I love primroses. Brilliant idea to take pictures of the tags of the plants; who can remember all those names? LOL. I'm going to do that the next time I go to an orchid show.
Oh yeah, and can I just say that I have either a new leaf or a SHEATH coming on my Paph. Ho Chi Minh. Oh please please let it be a sheath. Ü
Fun stuff, everybody!!
Jim, you lucked out, the Miltoniopsis look gorgeous. Great plants! I think our Home Depot is a dud! :-(.
Beautiful slide show, Kathy. I love Primulas!!
Around here the Dogwoods are in full bloom, everything is green. Last week I had to run out and buy a large tarp to cover some of plants which I had moved outside already - mainly budding Epiphyllums. The Cymbidiums were in the cage, placed somewhat protected. We had two nights of Frost! I hope that is it, but I am waiting at least another week to start moving the Orchids out.
Joanne, it makes Spring go on and on. I get to see flowers opening now on DG that were gone two months ago here. Hopefully you can enjoy our earlier season. We're only a few weeks away from air conditioning in Atlanta. The petunias are wishing for a Canadian vacation after near 80 degree days!
Not with heating oil prices!! I think I have accepted that I'm not going to have that dream in the crystal ball. Sigh. Luckily none of these are new. Well, I got the sigmato and the coelogyne in Feb. Is that new?
Ohhhhhhhh, gorgeous! I love the lip on the Coelogyne!!! The Sigmatostalix is sooooo cute! :-)
I have never bloomed a Sarcochilus, after a few years under my care they don't look too hot. ( = compost). You are doing terrific with them!
Is the Zygonaria fragrant?
Kathy, you are inspiring, and why do you have two Sarchochilus hartmanii?
I acquired my first Zygonaria, Adelaide Meadows, in early Feb.- a H.D. cast off for $3.00! Finally got some bargains! It looks great and has three new leads. Maybe someday soon? Just repotted it today as I was having trouble keeping it wet enough. This is an unusual orchid problem. The plant is a sponge.
OMG! April passed and May is a week in and I've been out of touch! Where does the time go? I head off to Spain next week so I've been busy at work trying to get 2 weeks of work done so I'm not too far behind when I get back. I was told I should see quite a few terrestrial orchids in Spain and alpines in the Pyrenees. The trip is primarily a bird-watching tour, but I expect I'll get lots of plant pics!
Great display eveyone. Jo, I love your set-up! Looking good!
Jim, those Miltoniopsis are stunning! Heck, everyones orchids are great!
No spring here! My crocus are only now just passing their peak and the Tete-a-tete daffs are just opening...no signs of buds on the trees..even the grass is still pretty brown. It's been the worse spring on record for us! Not much new open for me than what I showed in April. I do have a few in spike so when I get back, there should be a few new blooms. At work, we have yet another 3 blue vanda open and this Robert's Delight (our second one)
Hi boojum ,Sedirea does have fragrance, but was a little bit strong which I dislike, otherwise it is just cute little orchid. I think May is also a good month for Orchid ,and I do see a lots of beautiful flower here. Just to show one more not orchid plant here, and in my opinion I really love the color. Flower from Kohleria sunshine
Yeah! The rest of the world is heating up and I'm facing an iceage! I was looking forward to growing palms in my garden!
Back on subject, I just discovered that my Calanthe striata is spiking! That one snuck up on me. It should be open shortly after I get back. My Phrag. Cape Bonanza is spiking too...first phrag to spike since last year...I was getting worried for a bit.
I just got a Comparettia speciosa from a fellow orchid grower on another orchid forum I belong to...hope I can keep it alive! The flowers are suppose to be florescent orange!
I just ordered 5 new Phrags...they will be delivered the week I get back. Apparently one of the largest phrag hybridizers is located in Quebec and he sells out of his house for reasonable prices...and no tax! Two of the new ones have not even been registered yet.
Wow, I haven't been on this orchid forum for a while and now I remember why. Your orchids make me want to get more!
I only have two blooming at the moment and I can't remember buying either one of them! Usually, the dark ones catch my eye, so I'm not sure how I got a white one and a pink one! This is like yours Ricfl. Do you know the name of it?
Todd, if I could, I would be more than happy to send you a few degrees. For me, May is the worst month of the year. Except for that terrible night on January the 3rd, the weather has been beautiful since mid-October. May brings back the heat and the humidity that goes with it. What's worse, the rainy season doesn't start until June. The temps yesterday and today hit 89 degrees with the lows in the mid 70s. All of my gardening time is taken up watering plants and grass and our watering restrictions make the task even more difficult. Beginning in June, we get afternoon thunderstorms that cool us down and help the plants.
Update on the pool catts - more new growth and no sign of despair. I'm amazed. I'm even more amazed that I have a paph in spike.
I have tried to take decent pictures of the Ionopsis paniculata, many attempts later - the little flowers are so dainty.
I almost lost this plant, if flowered very nicely last Spring and then looked dead. To my surprise it produced 2 new growths. Happy... I learned this is not easy to keep alive.
We went "nursery hopping" yesterday, one of the places we visited was Barlow's in Sea Girt NJ. It is a wonderful place to shop for plants; their selection is tremendous - a plant paradise. I found a really interesting bluish flowered Orchid named Zns Cynosure 'Blue Bird'. I bought it and looked it up at home: Zns is Zygonisia and is a hybrid of Aganisia x Zygopetalum.
Ursula, I'd love it if you'd post an occasional disaster. You're making the rest of us look bad :). How about some of your bare beds? Our veggies are up and going, but nothing is looking like a photo op. I'll post anyway as I'm interested in all stages and phases.
Jim, it might be the best Mothers Day ever...our daughter in grad school comes home for part of the summer. With a boyfriend out of state, and career opportunities pending, this could be the last time. I relish every opportunity to "Mom". I've got serious empty nest...can't bring myself to look at Vannilaman's babies. Of course Mother's Day is always made better for dads and moms with a trip to Victoria's Secret. Can't think of an emoticon that works here.
I'm ditching everyone and joining a friend and her mom for a major gardening trip in northern VT for Mother's Day! Going to Katy's Falls.
Ursula, I bought the Zns Cynosure 'Blue Bird' on ebay this winter. Great minds think alike. Hope it makes it, it's lost a lot of leaves. I keep it cool. I also have another blue-Agx. Eva's Blue Amazon- from a seller at the Amherst Orchid Soc. Show in Feb or March (it all run's together). Here's how it looked then.
Laurel, you got that one right!! :-) My backyard needs WORK!!!!! One of my former neighbors, two properties up, had planted happily something she had called a "Silver Netty". 35 years later it had crossed the yard in-between and absolutely engulfs my adjoining border. Every Spring I pull it out with both hands to keep it at bay. It is in full bloom now! Should it stop raining tomorrow, I will continue my quest of saving Fair Lawn from being engulfed by the Silver Netty...a losing battle...argh...
OMG! Now I'm double jealous. I always love your orchids and now the epi It's just gorgeous!!! I rooted three epi cuttings Jungle Night, Hocus Pocus and Black Light. I do have a thing for the dark flowers! They were in a hanging basket in the shed, and I finally decided that they had to come out. I spent a fortune on stuff to keep the squirrels out of it but forgot all about the birds. Next thing I knew a Carolina Wren was hunting around in the hanging basket. I pointed my camera at her and she flew away! That always works! I sure hope they grow up to be as pretty as yours!
I cheated, I bought it that big (my philosophy on orchids these days, too)!! Also, that one is famous for prolific blooms. I never thought of my camera as a repellant before. I think you're onto something, Elphaba!
Yes, that does look like x hybridus Ackermannii. The Deutsche Kaiserin is a beauty, wow. Btw it is a good idea when it is done blooming to take cuttings of the DK, just to have a back up. ( I wish I had known that...)
You are killing me with your Coelogyne!!
Very pretty Candela!! You have a great set up around your pool. What is that gorgeous yellow one?
Thank you Ruk. I love your rare orchid collection.
Cymbidium pumilum is VERY easy to grow as same as other Cymbidiums.
I don 't have a green house so I put this in light shade in outside during May to November. Overwintering temperature is about 5C minimum.
I'm not good at orchid so I can glow easy ones only like this Maxillaria!
Great primrose selection! That garden is about 3 weeks ahead of me...normally my primula would be peaking now too but hey, I've talked enough about my current spring (and I use the term loosely) weather.
Well I head off to the airport in a few hours. Hear from you all when I get back in 2 weeks. Hopefully I'll have some Spanish orchids to show!
Have a wonderful, wonderful trip! Can't wait to see pictures of everything!!
Having a photography tips workshop here on Sat for ISM. Not that I know anything, but I can always talk! LOL! Sposta rain anyway but I'm spending my life weeding.
Off to work!
Well the fog has delayed my flight so I am uploading my picture of Calanthe sieboldii. The plant was full of aphids and the insecticodal soap caused all but one bud to blast! Rats! Let this be a lesson...insecticidal soaps and orchids buds don't mix!
Oh boy!!!!! I was about to post my Cattleya schilleriana. :-)
Laurel, I really like the way you jump into the threads and explain/talk about things. I am not very good at that. Come to think of it, most of you guys here can do this a lot better than I.
Ok, here is the story about my C. schilleriana (s). I bought a small plant mailorder from Countryside Orchids in 2002!
I did miserably with the little thing, it was subjected to the dreaded white scale one Summer and in general seemed to have a hard time.
So a couple of years later I saw another, nicer looking but also smallish C schilleriana at the NY Orchid Show in April I picked it up too. ( from Gold Country Orchids)
Both plants grew very slowly, but they refused to flower. I saw much smaller plants than mine flowering. Last Winter ( after I dumped out most Orchid bark still around the roots, so that they now attached themselves more a less to the clay pots) I placed them in the greenhouse right under the ceiling glass. They got maximum exposure to the sun just like my Rhyncholaelia digbyana.
I flooded both plants daily, but now they dried up fairly quickly.
Now I don't know if this is the recommended culture - either my plants were finally mature enough to bloom or the sunlight - blast did it.
Both plants produced 2 spikes this Winter. One plant is open, the other has 3 buds to go on the second spike.
Interestingly enough, the flowers on the second plant is very strongly wonderfully fragrant, the original plant from Countryside has no smell at all.
Awesome Hokulea!! Looks great, Kathy. And the Cyms are beautiful, especially the 'Yu Huan Fei'.
I moved over the weekend a lot of my Cattleyas outside and wouldn't you know it - the temps are going into the forties again tonight, grrr. The "cage" is a bit protective, but when is it finally getting warmer...I have to wait with the rest of the stuff to move them out.
I discovered today this little cutie. I almost missed it, the flower was facing outwards. Moving plants around helps.
This is Kefersteinia tolimensis in a ca 2.5 inch pot.
I came down with the cold from hell and am staying in today to rest. I sang hymns with a group at a nursing home last night and sounded like a frog. Anyway, my Encyclia Green Hornet is in full bloom and worth another look.
Jim, nice posts from you this morning. The digbyana is a beauty! Mine never flowers before late June, July.
And Laurel "Why can't they send a bunch or seeds and cutting out for free like the folks on other forums?"
So true. Go to the C &S section and you can just take a Stapelia or Epiphyllum cutting etc, stick into a pot and voila, another plant in the works. Not so with orchids, with a few exceptions.
Brassada Orange Delight 'Starbek Orange' HCC/AOS. This is an interesting first time bloomer for me, as it starts off quite yellow and gradually gets more orange over about 2 weeks. In that time it develops a dandelion scent and as the color changes it adds spicy aroma to the dandelion.
Very pretty Lat, Ken and Jim. I'm a bit envious of all your blooms until I realize that we're not in Atlanta enough for me to enjoy or care for them properly. Thanks for doing all the work and letting me enjoy the results.
Here is Phal. Baldan's Treasure 'Kaleidescope', in bloom with three spikes since mid-January and still going strong.
I bought this pal at the Redlands show from the Brazilian dealer and promptly lost the tag. It just went poof and disappeared. The dealer doesn't know what he sold me as some other dealer gave him that particular pal to sell. It was $40 but I couldn't resist the blushing pink. (the picture shows more purple then it is) Can anyone venture a guess?
Nice assortment Fred and Jim. Wish my Brassia would ever bloom. That phal is a great one. Well, I'm so busy moving hoyas and orchids outside and photographing the garden these days. Sunday is our Iris show. I have to bring single blooms and an arangement if I can get it together. I'm clerking for the judges, etc. I feel so scattered. Everything at once. I'm working at my school till June 20th too. (Oh yeah, work.) My Phal Summer Beach is opening so I'll take pics soon-prolly for the June thread. Wow May has been some month!!