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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 23, 2013 10:51 AM CST
Both my big 'shade' plants in the pool cage are in bloom today. Yellow is 'Charles Grimaldi' and the pink is a NoID. It's flowers start out creamy white, and the pink suffuses quickly to the edges but the center stays white. In the daytime the flowers furl up a bit, but at night they open wide and look like cartoon flowers.

I need to find a camera with a flash to get a good picture of them when they are wide open. Would love to know its name.

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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 23, 2013 10:57 AM CST
Great pics! We're just about to hit 32° so I guess winter's officially here. I have a few blooming in the hoop house along the fence, but no flushes like yours.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 23, 2013 1:06 PM CST
This may be the last good flush I see this year, too Sandi. I need to prune these two big plants so that my orchids will get more sun through the winter and it may not be warm enough for them to grow a lot more leaves. I have had flowers in December, but that's just good luck and weather. We haven't yet gone below 50, but I'm sure it's coming.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 23, 2013 1:34 PM CST
I'm still putting things away. It's raining now and cold, so I'm staying inside.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 24, 2013 8:59 AM CST
Got out last evening with my DH's camera for the cartoon flowers on the big pink NoID.

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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Rhapsody Hooks
Long Beach Ca USA (Zone 10a)
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Rhapsody616
Nov 24, 2013 9:54 PM CST
Still blooming in Long Beach too.
Walk in Peace, Walk in Light, Blessed Be!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 24, 2013 10:05 PM CST
Got any pictures, Rhaps?
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Rhapsody Hooks
Long Beach Ca USA (Zone 10a)
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Rhapsody616
Nov 25, 2013 6:42 PM CST
I could take a few!
Walk in Peace, Walk in Light, Blessed Be!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 25, 2013 7:16 PM CST
I'm thinking we need to keep the spirits up amongst our fellow brug addicts here - pictures help a lot! nodding
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Rhapsody Hooks
Long Beach Ca USA (Zone 10a)
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Rhapsody616
Nov 25, 2013 7:32 PM CST
I don't want to hijack your post so I will start a new one.
Rhaps I tip my hat to you.
Walk in Peace, Walk in Light, Blessed Be!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 25, 2013 9:11 PM CST
I wouldn't mind.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 27, 2013 9:45 AM CST
Last shots of these guys for now, we are expecting the temp to drop into the 40's tonight. arg.

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Spindly old 'Monster White' surprised me with a few blooms, once I dragged them out of the jungle. They will be covered with a blankie tonight.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Rhapsody Hooks
Long Beach Ca USA (Zone 10a)
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Rhapsody616
Nov 30, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Looking good girl!! Hope you had a great gobble day!
Rhaps
Walk in Peace, Walk in Light, Blessed Be!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 9, 2013 10:28 AM CST
Back from a week's vacation, and surprise! Charles Grimaldi put on some more flowers for our return.

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Elaine

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Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Dec 10, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Such beautiful blooms. You're so fortunate to have good weather this late into the year.

All of my plants have been in the basement for weeks, and have shed their leaves, except for Angel's Sunflower, that's now forming a bud.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 10, 2013 11:16 AM CST
We've got a record run of good weather going down here, you're so right! Only one night has gone below 50 since March!

Wouldn't you know, the forecast calls for Xmas week to be cold, though. I have my kids and spouses coming to visit then . . . Rolling my eyes.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 22, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Came home to that wonderful scent last night - A bonus flush of bloom on my NOID pink, just in time for the arrival of my kids for the holidays! What a nice little blessing. Cheers everyone! Big Grin

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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 20, 2014 1:39 PM CST
Despite a couple of near-freezing nights the last couple of weeks, my big brugs continue to pump out buds! This is a surprise, because in previous years when it has gotten this cold they have all stopped blooming and sulked for a couple of months. They are just too darned tall now to cover effectively, so are left unprotected.

Just idle speculation here, but I have been supplementing their diet all last summer and fall with both Epsom salts and a new product that was recommended for my orchids called Pro-Tekt, The Silicon Solution. Since these two big brugs live in the pool cage and shade the orchids, they have been misted with the orchid stuff, incl. very dilute fert and the silicon supplement for several months. From what I've read, this stuff helps to strengthen the cell walls in the leaves. IF this is true, it might explain why these two big characters have continued to bloom this year, maybe?? Shrug! Anybody else tried this product?

Two other big plants out in the garden look fine, but are not blooming or showing signs of buds. They've both been covered on the cold nights, but did not get any of the silicon spray.
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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Rhapsody Hooks
Long Beach Ca USA (Zone 10a)
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Bee Lover Butterflies Region: California Cottage Gardener Herbs Composter
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Rhapsody616
Jan 26, 2014 5:55 PM CST
You know NOIDs get a bad wrap. They are just as pretty as any others. I like the named ones but I like the NOIDs too.
Rhapsody
Walk in Peace, Walk in Light, Blessed Be!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 27, 2014 9:16 PM CST
Overwhelming perfume out in the pool cage tonight, I counted a dozen blooms open on the big pink NoID.

Charles Grimaldi has a ton of buds coming along, but we're having another cold snap Wednesday and Thursday. Hope they make it.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

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