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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 1, 2013 7:00 AM CST

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We came from here
The thread "March Orchid blooms in 2013, almost Spring time!" in Orchids forum
April 1. already and we are not fooling, this is a new thread! Smiling

Dendrobium farmeri surprised me with another nice full spray of blooms.
It was done blooming a few weeks ago, so I moved it into the other side of the greenhouse, into the South side. It seemed to like it there. ( pictures taken after I moved it again)
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Dendrobium findleyanum var. oculatum opened more blooms
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Epidendrum secundum var album opens a whole slew of spikes against the ceiling, looks like these blooms are prone to headaches....
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Domingoa haematochila starts up again. Easy grower and bloomer, this one loves the humid conditions over the fish tanks.
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My noid Epidendrum looks happy, this one is now also flowering from a few canes.
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Stelis ciliolata is tiny -
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Psygmorchis pusilla is another really teensy Orchid flowering from a pretty fan
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I haven't shown the whole plant of Renanthera monachica this Spring. It blooms on a fairly small compact plant.
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And Tolumnia Ducky still blooms along
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Ted5310
Apr 1, 2013 7:40 AM CST
Nice way to start the month, Ursula. Thanx
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 1, 2013 7:44 AM CST

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Welcome!
Thought you might enjoy this Stelis, the shape is very similar to yours.
Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Apr 1, 2013 1:04 PM CST
Just a wonderful start to the month, Ursula. The Epis and the Dens are all just beautiful. That Domingoa has to go on my want list. Very nice. Interesting Renanthera, I'm going to have to research it.

The temps were nice this morning but it's humid and a little sticky out there now. I did go out into the OC this morning and this is what I found to start the month:
I'll start out with Wilsonara Pacific Lush 'Pretty in Pink' which has only one spike but it is long and productive
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A last look at Cattleya maxima. Brilliant colors and a wonderful fragrance. Eight flowers on this one spike.
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Smbdc. Star of Rio 'Rose' AM/AOS. This is a Schobburgkia superbiens cross and thus a rather large plant. I somehow wound up with two of them so will trade one at some point.
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(C. Gene May X Lc. Spoz Tabee Splash) X L. briegeri 'Corpusles'. I think I'll just call it Gene.
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This is Epi Mabel Kanda 'Miyao' X Cordigerum 'Paradise'. It grows up near the roof of the OC and enjoys the sun.
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Next up is the largest dancing lady Oncidium that I have. It is in a 8 inch pot that is about to explode. I'll have to figure something out and re-pot after this bloom cycle. It has about ten spikes and this first one is just beginning to open.
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Mounted on a piece of tree fern is Brassavola Memoria Bernice Foster. Nice happy plant.
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Continuing to bloom is species Cattleya skinneri. This is a nicely behaved small Cattleya.
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Providing lots of color on the west side of the OC is Lc. Eva ( C. aurantiaca X L. cinnabarina 'poppy) HCC/AOS.
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Brassavola tuberculata is sitting in a tree fern basket and hanging happily from the bottle palm.
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C. Tiffin Bell X Blc. Eward McDonald has darkened its colors with age.
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Bollopetalum Midnight Blue 'Cardinal's Roost' is still blooming up a storm. This particular orchid seems to be the heavy hitter in the Bollopetalum world which is closely related to the Zygos. All this was a big topic in last month's thread.
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Leaving the OC now and walking out to Phaius country, these terrestrials are putting on a show.
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This Epi. radicans seems happy hanging from a oak tree in a plastic basket.
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Back inside the OC, this is Dendrobium Burana 'Green Star'.
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Last but certainly not least is Brassavola Jimminey Cricket. That is it from the OC.
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Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 1, 2013 4:27 PM CST

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Oh I love the Show, Jim! You know, I always like those bright red C aurantiaca hybrids! My C. skinneri is nowhere near blooming yet.
Will you look at the Phaius! Lovey dubby
FUN all around!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 1, 2013 6:01 PM CST
Thanks, Ursula. Pardon me but I just have to post the picture of me winning a ribbon with my big nobile type Dendrobium. I just received it from the orchid club's photographer.

Jim
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Apr 1, 2013 6:04 PM CST
Great shows from both of you! Serious greenhouse envy here...though I'd probably skip the pool and go with water gardens and fountains, if I ever hit the LOTTO.
Ursula, I really like the Epi. secundum, so I looked it up. Wow, what a lot of confusion! I'm going to have to do some more research on the one I've taken for granted for the last 40 years. I thought it was Schomburgkii, but after looking, SBOE has a hybrid that fits the description, and its very possible the mother to mine came from there. If I could do it over, I would get degrees in botany, and get paid to id/ rename these plants! Hilarious!
Name: Ted
Brea, CA (Zone 10b)
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Ted5310
Apr 1, 2013 7:19 PM CST
Jimminey and Eva are still tops in my eye, Jim. Just love them. And I did catch that stelis, Ursula. Really looks like mine with color. Mine is so transparent.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 1, 2013 8:15 PM CST

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Carol, you are right, that Epi secundum has more synonyms than you can shake a stick at!! I was told some years ago that its bloom are non-resupinate in contrast to Epi radicans. I like the blooms!

Jim, great picture! That is one gorgeous plant!!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 2, 2013 10:49 PM CST
Lovely shows everyone. I am still in Salt Lake slaving away in my daughters garden. Sure miss my orchids and my warm lush garden. No leaves on trees here yet. Good to hear the weather has been warm in FL. Keep the pretty pics coming- all Ive got to enjoy are a few crocus and hellebores.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 3, 2013 6:48 AM CST

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Thanks Elaine, don't work too hard! Smiling Talking about warm lush garden - it is so cold here, it still feels more like Winter, although Spring blooms are out. 34 degr F right now!
I think Lindsey may be back in town soon....
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 3, 2013 9:04 AM CST
I was just going to ask about Lindsey. I miss her.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 3, 2013 11:27 AM CST

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She is on Facebook, so I am really happy to see her there during her endeavors. Smiling
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 4, 2013 8:17 AM CST
I'm not on Facebook so I'll have to wait until Lindsey shows up. I have no clue about her endeavors. Shrug!

Elaine, thanks for checking in. I did order two orchids from Meke Aloha Orchids and told them you would be picking them up on the 9th. I already sent the check so it is all paid for. Thanks and do scout the place so we know who we are dealing with.

Out in the OC, I have cleaned all of the windows inside and out. Since you have to take the windows out to get to the back side due to the screen, it is a big job. I did cause me to move several orchids off of a four tier rack and I'm glad I did as I discovered a soft scale infestation on six big Cattleyas. I isolated them and brought out the heavy weapons. I also discovered that my shelving and plant stands are rusting badly so I will have to replace them with plastic or composite material. Any thoughts on where to look is appreciated.

I also discovered Slc. Fire Lighter X Potinara Matt Saftenberg is blooming.
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Tetratonia 'Dark Prince', a gift from Laurel the last time we met in Apopka, is blooming as well.
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This is a little Mini Phal NOID but cute nonetheless.
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Jim
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 4, 2013 9:55 AM CST
Ok Jim. Will plan on getting into lots of orchid fun next week.
Love the prty red catt.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 4, 2013 12:36 PM CST

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very pretty, Jim! And I am with Elaine, I love the red Catt. And the Phal IS cute.

Curious, what heavy artillery did you use on the scale?

And scrubbing down the OC windows - I can totally relate to that. Since my ( smaller) greenhouse is somewhat filled up, it is nowadays difficult for me to really keep the windows clean during indoor season, although I do some wiping in the middle of Winter.
I scrub the whole thing down inside and outside when everything is moved out for the Summer. It takes me a week to polish windows, wipe down racks and floors. But it is worth it! Smiling

re Lindsey, she will surely give us a nice update....
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Ted5310
Apr 4, 2013 12:51 PM CST
Yes, nice red Catt.,Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 4, 2013 6:23 PM CST

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Progress report on my Caularthron bicornutum - first of all, I am happy I bought it a few years ago ( from Andy). It blooms nicely and reliably and the blooms last a long time. Both spikes are doing fine, opening buds one by one and the blooms stay nicely clean.
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Some attempts to get some decent pictures of these wiggling spikes -
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The Blc Liese Pigors x lc Drumbeat 'Heritage' opens a couple of spikes. The blooms are very fragrant.
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And here is the Sedirea japonica I bought a couple of months ago. I probably should have wiped down the leaves before I took those pictures. New leaves never look that spotted under my conditions, although they may look chewed up....
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 4, 2013 6:56 PM CST
Look at the form on that Caularthron bicornutum! Just beautiful, Ursula. Another addition to the old want list. Very nice blooms on the Sedirea too. Nice color.

Jim
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Apr 4, 2013 9:07 PM CST
I agree

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