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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 21, 2013 7:49 PM CST
My Phaius tankervilliae (Nun's Cap Orchid) is in full bloom. The only thing that would make this one better is if the blooms were fragrant!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 21, 2013 9:27 PM CST

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Beautiful! I have a few, but none in bloom, and none have ever had that many blooms. Did you add it to the data base?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 22, 2013 9:13 AM CST
Thanks Sandi! I have a few photo's in the database but just added that one too.
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Mar 22, 2013 9:58 AM CST

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Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
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AlohaHoya
Mar 22, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Lin...fragrance would be a great bonus!!! Ours, growing wild throughout the property are in bloom too. Aren't they striking!!!!!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 22, 2013 4:08 PM CST
Carol: They are one of my favorites and I bet they are sure pretty growing on your property there in Hawaii! I like Phaius flavus too, different color than P. tankervilliae but very pretty. I can't remember where I took this photo of P. flavus:
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 22, 2013 4:53 PM CST
OH...that IS pretty!!!!
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plantladylin
Mar 22, 2013 5:22 PM CST
I'd love to have the Phaius Dan Rosenberg 'Tropical Ice' ... it's really gorgeous!! http://www.myrtleglen.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=6159
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 22, 2013 10:57 PM CST
YES! I just wish they were fragrant... (but then I STILL wish I were younger, thinner and 32 years old. Doesn't happen)!!!!

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plantladylin
Mar 23, 2013 2:40 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I must admit that I've wished for that same thing (the fragrance) and also the thinner, younger thing. Whistling and I have to laugh because I distinctly remember my mother often making the following statement:

"Oh, if only I were 30 years younger and know what I know now!"

I just turned 65 a couple of weeks ago and I think it would be nice to be 35 again and know what I know now. Green Grin!
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 23, 2013 2:54 PM CST
Here are my nuns along the path to my studioThumb of 2013-03-23/AlohaHoya/5b256c

I put up horizonals to hang Hoyas....
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plantladylin
Mar 23, 2013 3:04 PM CST
Oh my goodness, that is a beautiful and perfect setting for the Nun's Cap Orchids!! And, I like your idea of the horizontals for hanging Hoyas.

What's the pretty orange flowers peeking out?
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 23, 2013 5:13 PM CST
Carol, how much sun (if any) do the Phaius get?
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AlohaHoya
Mar 24, 2013 10:43 AM CST
This clump of Phaius grows in light shade but there are others growing strong in full sun!!!

That orange flower is an Impatiens that appeared as a natural cross in a friends' yard. He calls it Confetti. It grows like a weed, literally...I cut it and throw it on the ground, no soil over it, and it roots. It grows up to 4 - 5 feet tall. I am using them as a 'ground cover' to choke out weeds.... Here are the two forms....Thumb of 2013-03-24/AlohaHoya/7e2347

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plantladylin
Mar 24, 2013 11:10 AM CST
Gorgeous ... love the two different colors.
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 24, 2013 11:16 AM CST
tnx. Green Grin!
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 24, 2013 5:20 PM CST
Thanks, Carol! Everything I've read on Phaius says bright, indirect sun, but if they can take full Hawaiian sun, they should take ours! Love those Impatiens!
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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 24, 2013 7:09 PM CST
Driving down the hill I noticed a whole slew of Phaius growing beside the road in full sun...but as they do grow in a clearing...they would not have full sun ALL day long (surrounded by tall skinny trees that give filtered shade when the sun is behind them. Also a relative humidity higher than 50%...frequent rains. HTH.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 25, 2013 8:52 AM CST
The frequent rains I can fake. The relative humidity, not so easy. AH well, I'll keep trying 'till it either bloom or dies.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 25, 2013 4:41 PM CST
Oh, to have nun's orchids growing wild on my property!

My Phaius really like the filtered shade under my oak trees. P. tankervilliae are almost over, but Phaius microburst 'Octoberfest' is going strong. The crosses have bigger flowers, it seems.

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