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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 1, 2013 7:26 AM CST

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February is here already and it is time for a new thread.
We came from here
The thread "Happy New Year or our Orchid Blooms in January 2013" in Orchids forum

The Lc Breen's Jenny Ann 'Cheng Min' continues to open
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and the Bc Little Mermaid ( or Marmaid) 'Janet' blooms happily along.
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Please come and share your beauties!
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Name: bree
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bree
Feb 1, 2013 4:35 PM CST
Sorry but Jim wanted to see a pic after the flood. Heres the line it went up to on my orchid house i had to move the plants hanging on the bottom shelves and take them inside. You can see my Broms are safe on the raised garden bed. Thumb of 2013-02-01/bree/affe51 Thumb of 2013-02-01/bree/4051c6 we have a had a few floods but been ready for them our house is high and we live right near a river so its to be expected. But if you want to live in paradise you put up with it. Hilarious!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Feb 1, 2013 6:13 PM CST
Thanks for the new thread, Ursula. Lots of color and floof to start the month.

Bree, thanks for the pics. Those orchid shelves are impressive.

The first of three 5 foot spikes has opened on Schomburgkia undulata, now renamed Laelia undulata by some. I think the best description of Schomburgkias I ever heard was Kathy saying they were like Cattleyas on steroids.
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Carol's Gerberara Snow Ballet won't quit blooming . What a great orchid!
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I love the gorgeous red color on this Potinara Elaine Taylor 'Krull-Smith' FCC/AOS
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Another orchid that won't quit blooming is Blc. Golden Tang. This is the latest spike:
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There are seven flowers now open on Slc. Ploonpit Fantasy.
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As long as we are doing red lips on yellow flowers, here is Lc. Gold Digger. It now has four spikes with tons of buds.
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Epc. Rene Marques 'Tyler' now has two spikes open.
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Epicattleya (Epc.) Lime Sherbert X Bc. Little Stars has a new spike:
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Potinara Hoku Gem Freckles starts out reddish and turns to bright yellow. Look at this:
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There are lots of blooms on Bl. Mem. Bernice Foster which I have mounted on a small piece of wood.
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My NOID Catt has filled out nicely:
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As long as I am in Floofland, here is Lc. White Spark 'Panda'.
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Bc. Maikai 'Louise' AM/AOS is another one that seems to always be in bloom.
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Then there is always Rhynchovola David Sander, now with only a single bloom. I hope David Jr. is watching.
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A whole troop of dancing ladies just came through here.
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Two of my Miltassias are still blooming. The first pic is Miltassia Aztec Toni and the second two are Miltassia Luke Skywalker.
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Here is this precious little NOID Dendrobium that I just love:
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Since I started with a Schomburgkia, it's only right that I end with one. By its new name, this is Myc. Mem. Louise Fuchs AQ/AOS.
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Jim
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Feb 1, 2013 6:17 PM CST
Holy cow! So much beauty!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 1, 2013 6:37 PM CST

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Holy smokes, what a show! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

I love, love the Schomburgkia! Lovey dubby The last three pictures - looking at the one on the left - that picture really shows the gorgeous blooming spike in all its splendor. Gorgeous color too!

Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Feb 1, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Great show, Jim!

Bree, that's quite an interesting aviary you've got in the back yard.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Feb 1, 2013 8:07 PM CST
Thanks, guys. *Blush*

Jim
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
Feb 1, 2013 8:52 PM CST
Jim- so many flowering orchids! yeah my boyfriend welds and loves over doing everything hehe! and he built me that orchid house and i just put the shadecloth on it.
Carol- what aviary?
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 1, 2013 9:06 PM CST

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Those interesting birds which may be Egrets? Right Carol?

And that is a really nice boyfriend!
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Feb 2, 2013 6:40 AM CST
There might be a wood stork back there.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 2, 2013 8:22 AM CST

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And some more stuff in bloom here -

My Dendrobium nobile var album looks happy right now, putting out lots of blooms this Winter. I received this one as a cutting many years ago and mounted it then to a slab of tree fern. As the canes grow in Summer I add small weights to the tips to make them bend downwards gently without kinking/breaking.
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And the Epc Rene Marques 'Flame Thrower' starts up. This is not a plant for small places, it barely fits on my bench this year.
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And some more pics from the pretty Lc Breen's Jenny Ann 'Cheng Min' which now made its way ( carefully) to the front of the greenhouse. I love the pretty blooms. Unfortunately ( is it? Smiling ) this starts growing into a monster plant.
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Feb 2, 2013 9:49 AM CST
Very nice, Ursula. I love that white edge around the lip on 'Cheng Min'. My Den nobile orchids have grown huge but no blooms so far this year. Rene Marques seems to be an easy bloomer for me. It's a nice orchid to have.

Jim
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Feb 2, 2013 10:01 AM CST
Bree, I was referring to all the birds in the background. Too far away to tell what kind they are.

Great show, Ursula! Love that Den!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Feb 2, 2013 2:29 PM CST

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Thanks! Smiling

I agree Jim, regarding the Rene Marques. Not a difficult orchid at all.
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
Feb 2, 2013 2:54 PM CST
oh ok yeah those birds are cattle egrets(they just follow the cattle around all day) and might be a spoonbill in there also and ducks. Jim i dont think we have storks.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Feb 2, 2013 3:07 PM CST
We have lots of cattle egrets here too but some of those birds looked too big for them. Ursula thought of a regular egret but I thought I could see a brownish head. Here is a wood stork walking in my back yard.

Jim
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 2, 2013 4:29 PM CST
Fabulous show, everyone! Birds, flowers, plants . . . how does it get better?

We really have had a wonderful winter of orchid weather this year, with lots of sun and only a few cold nights to worry about covering the plants. It's another picture postcard day here, and only forecast to fall to 50 tonight, so I'm relaxing rather than schlepping pots around.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
Feb 3, 2013 4:00 AM CST
no we dont have those Jim. The bigger ones are spoonbills like thisThumb of 2013-02-03/bree/1701ba ive just looked up cattle egret and i dont think ours are that, even though they hang with the cattle. Ill find out what they are and let you know.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 3, 2013 9:02 AM CST
Cool, white spoonbill! Ours around here are pink.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Feb 3, 2013 2:38 PM CST
Yes, ours are called roseate spoonbills and they are very shy. You usually have to go deep into the bush to find them on secluded ponds or rivers. I've only seen one on my lake. The juveniles are all white but adults get that pink or redish tone to them.

Well, I've been to church and sang in the choir, cleaned and shocked the pool, deep watered the orchids, found the remote control, made the guacamole and cooled the beer. Let the game begin!

Jim

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