Orchids forum: Our September 2012 Orchid Blooms

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Sep 1, 2012 11:20 AM CST
Gather around boys and girls and look at our September pretties. We came from The thread "Orchid blooms for August 2012" in Orchids forum. Feel free to participate as we are a friendly bunch. Ursula is up at her place in Pennsylvania enjoying the countryside so I'll begin.

First up is a nice picture of Vanda Princess Blue X Vanda Kasem's Delight. The spike is completely open now.
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Then there is the bamboo orchid, Arundina graminifolia. It is a terrestrial and likes lots of light and water.
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Another look at my new Wilsonara Pacific Perspective 'Pacific Heat'.
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I thought the little NOID Dendrobium against a white background might look good.
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Miltassia Aztec 'Toni' is opening a new spike. This is the first flower.
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And the dancing ladies are here for the holiday weekend.
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Jim
Name: Carey
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careyana
Sep 1, 2012 11:55 AM CST
Wow Big Jim! Love that Miltassia bloom. Drooling Any scent from that one? I don't know much about miltassias.

And that bamboo orchid is gorgeous! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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crittergarden
Sep 1, 2012 12:53 PM CST
OMG - they are ALL spectacular! Thumbs up
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Sep 1, 2012 5:37 PM CST
THanks for the kind words, ladies. No, there is no fragrance on the Miltassia but it is a frequent bloomer and very healthy.

Jim
Name: tarev
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tarev
Sep 1, 2012 6:03 PM CST
lovely lovelies Lovey dubby
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Sep 2, 2012 9:42 AM CST
beautiful ,Jim!
your noid Den. is a great color, so deep and rich..and you are right, it looks great with the white background.
Mtssa. Aztec 'Toni' is pretty easy on the eyes as well. I've had some problems with some of my plants in that
family this summer. I don't know if it was the heat/humidity or too much rain. but I've lost a couple and have a
couple more in the ICU.
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Bc. Hoku Gem 'Freckles' HCC/AOS is more fully opened and the newest spike on my Psychopsis is in the process of unfolding
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Sep 2, 2012 9:53 AM CST
That's a nice picture of the opening Psychopsis. Hoku Gem 'Freckles is a wonderful orchid. Everyone should grow it.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 2, 2012 1:06 PM CST

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Such a nice start of the month! Thanks so much, Jim! Lovely blooms! Lovey dubby

I agree, Jim. Potinara Hoku Gem is a nice frequent bloomer, easy to grow too. I too like the Psychopsis bloom piccie!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 2, 2012 7:08 PM CST
I agree, all yours are beautiful, Jim. I've still got that Arundina on my 'wish list' as I'd like to grow as many ground orchids as I can. It's a beautiful flower on such a graceful plant.

New addition to said list is definitely Hoku Gem 'Freckles'. Outstanding color and such a pretty shape. I want any orchid that you folks say is a frequent bloomer and easy to grow.

Here's another of B.'Big Jim' with the lip all the way open. I think they must have named it that because of the flower size - its about 6in from tip to tip of the lateral petals. Lip is nearly 2in. long. I just got in from putting the boat away after the big Labor Day regatta (they give us Monday to recover . . thank goodness) and the perfume greeted me as I came into the pool cage.

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Name: bree
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bree
Sep 2, 2012 9:32 PM CST
last look at Blc. Mem. Anna Balmores x Lc. Melody Fair as its neally finished. Thumb of 2012-09-03/bree/d0080c
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crittergarden
Sep 3, 2012 2:57 AM CST
OMG!!!!!!!!
Without your hand in the picture, I would have thought it was the size of a coaster at most. But YIKES that's a large flower! Beautiful! And fragrant, too???
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bree
Sep 3, 2012 4:10 AM CST
It does look big in that photo now you say it. My hand is holding the pot behind the flower, its actually about 13cm, still big enough.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 3, 2012 6:39 AM CST

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That is beautiful, Bree! Lovey dubby

Elaine, actually that would be Brassavola nodosa 'Big Jim'. It is probably a 4N plant
double chromosome = many times larger blooms. Here is a good discussion on the subject.
http://www.orchidboard.com/community/scientific-matters/8318...
Name: Carey
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careyana
Sep 3, 2012 6:50 AM CST
Bree, not only is that bloom gorgeous, it's enormous AND odorific???

I think I see a new "must-have" to add to my list! Drooling Drooling
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Sep 3, 2012 11:05 AM CST
I agree
lindsey
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 3, 2012 2:40 PM CST
Gorgeous, Bree. It really does look huge with your hand in there, but 13cm. is about 5in. so a nice big flower but not quite as enormous as the picture looks.

Ursula, thanks. Of course Big Jim is a B. nodosa sport, and I shouldn't be lazy about those long names. Does 4N mean the same as "tetraploid" which term they use for things like daylily hybrids?

Jim, my daughter remembered she bought it from Florida SunCoast Orchids in Myakka City. They still have it on their website.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 3, 2012 3:36 PM CST

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Yes, 4N and tetraploid are the same thing!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 3, 2012 6:50 PM CST

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The first spike on the Habenaria medusa is now finally open, it seemed like it took forever. I love it!
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And the Bulbophyllum putidum showed two nice blooms. The flies were happy!
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Lc Love Knot coerulea is amazing this Summer, it is blooming again! The flowers are nicely scented.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Sep 3, 2012 6:52 PM CST
That Habaneria medusa is breathtaking!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Sep 3, 2012 7:09 PM CST

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Carol, I don't know if I ever can repeat this, but - I love it!!

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