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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 1, 2013 6:19 AM CST

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The thread "Our Orchid blooms in July 2013" in Orchids forum

and it is time for a new thread! Please join us and have fun posting!

Aspasia lunata - smiling? The plant blooms easily, but the leaves always look spotted.
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Dependable Ctna Why Not
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Confused Wasp on Penny Kuroda. They are quite a few Wasps hanging around these blooms, I am careful not to brush against them in the cage.
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Oncidium Sharry Baby smells so good, the whole corner of the cage is chocolate scented. Smiling
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Aug 1, 2013 8:49 AM CST
Thanks for a nice start to our new thread, Ursula. I'm stuck in an auto repair shop waiting for an oil change. That Aspasia looks lika a Miltassia??

Jim
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 1, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Heavens, didn't July fly by! Lovely smiling face up there, Ursula. Or the first picture reminds me of a laughing baby dragon.

I've been tempted by Sharry Baby so many times, but to be frank the scent is a bit too much for me. I am a chocolate lover, too!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Aug 1, 2013 12:19 PM CST
C. Hawaiian Wedding Song x Lc. Ann Akagi opened up a little more so I took a better picture. The second bloom is starting to open, too. I have three buds on the plant. This will probably be my only picture for a while. I've got sheaths on quite a few plants but it looks like it will be a while before they open. Then again, they might surprise me like this one did!

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 1, 2013 12:53 PM CST
That's such a lovely color, Melanie. You can post updates of that one and we will love to see it.

So true that catts are unpredictable on opening flowers! My big NOID catt bloomed beautifully through most of July, and has at least 3 more sheaths . . . just sitting there! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Aug 1, 2013 1:39 PM CST
Very nice, Melanie. That one is worth a second look.

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hawkarica
Aug 1, 2013 3:26 PM CST
Ha! I'm going to sneak in here and beat Ursula to the first Habenaria medusa picture of the year.

Jim

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 1, 2013 4:06 PM CST
They are just lovely, Jim. I thought you said your plant was dead? Did you get another?
Elaine

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hawkarica
Aug 1, 2013 4:47 PM CST
Geeze, Elaine, check my post on Jul 23, 2013 3:53 PM EDT and your response. The wine must be sweet tonight. Hilarious!

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 1, 2013 5:37 PM CST

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Jim, oh my!! This is GORGEOUS!!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Love it!! Hopefully my medusa opens that nice too!!
edited to add - even the pictures are perfect too!!

Melanie, nice update. I don't have any problem bumping into that one a few times either.

Miltassia? In a way - I hadn't thought about that. The good part is that the Aspasia lunata stays small and won't grow into a real-estate hog.

Elaine, I honestly don't mind the chocolate scent, but I understand. This one can't be ignored, it is strong.
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Name: Susan B
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lakesidecallas
Aug 1, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Ursula, I love that Aspasia lunata, I looks like the laughing smilie on ATP! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Nothing blooming here except Doritis pulcherrima is still chugging along. sigh!
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Aug 1, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Ooooo. Look what I saw today! http://forum.crazyorchidlady.com/comment/6363#comment-6363
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 1, 2013 6:23 PM CST

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Kathy, what a great find!! Lovey dubby I love it!

Maybe I need to change my avatar to that grinning Aspasia...... Smiling
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 1, 2013 6:41 PM CST
Fabulous finds in the wild, Kathy. What a thrill.

Jim . . . what can I say, I've slept several times since July 23rd . .. you expect me to remember stuff from a week ago?? Rolling my eyes.
Elaine

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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Aug 1, 2013 6:43 PM CST
Hahahaha. Duckface.
Yes, I was pretty happy when my friend pointed that purple one out to me. I'll definitely do more excursions with her.
Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Aug 2, 2013 8:39 AM CST
Great finds and lovely pics, Kathy.

I'm on phone duty at the Extension Service.

Jim
Name: Susan B
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lakesidecallas
Aug 2, 2013 9:09 AM CST
How neat to see them in the wild! great photos, Kathy.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 3, 2013 8:40 AM CST
Thanks, Susan. The light was not great and I was balancing on a board (!) so I was glad ANY of them came out sharp! I really should visit the bog every month. There are several different terrestrial orchids that bloom there at different times. It just takes a lot for me to leave my property in summer!! So much work, beauty, birds, and critters to discover. The turkeys and frogs (in daylilies and my water tub) have been here like crazy this year. I had a redstart (warbler) and a phoebe trapped in my art studio and a house wren trapped in my office one morning. I've got a telescoping pole with a net now to capture and release them. I also find dragonflies inside.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 4, 2013 6:55 AM CST

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Interesting wildlife for sure! Smiling The House wren must have made a racket....

Just a couple of updates, while I am tapping my foot waiting for a bunch of stuff to open -
Vanda Adisak still looks ok on one spike
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Phymatidium tillandsioides opens more tiny birds
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Epic El Hatillo 'Pinta' is slowly coming to an end for the Summer, it is/was blooming ca 6 weeks now.
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And the mounted Dendrobium moniliforme blooms here and there
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 4, 2013 7:02 AM CST
Actually, the wren wasn't saying much except a short alarm when I got too close (to take photos of course). Outside they yell at me anywhere near their birdhouses, jumping around away from the houses to divert me, good luck.
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