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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 1, 2015 7:58 AM CST

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We came from here
The thread "Our Orchid blooms in November 2015" in Orchids forum

December 1. is here and with that we start a new thread! Please all join in! Smiling
Let me start with my Vanda Ratchaburi Beauty, I like the bright yellow blooms.
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And Cattleya Bob Betts 'White Lightning' opened a very crowded spike with three big blooms. The scent is lovely.
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Dec 1, 2015 8:34 AM CST
Thanks for starting the new thread with these beauties, Ursula. I like them both.

We leave this cold and rainy place this afternoon and should be back home in toasty Florida this evening. I have had all of this weather I need for a while and besides, my skin is dry.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 1, 2015 8:51 AM CST

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Smiling
Nice to be in warm sunshine!
Dreary drizzle here for a couple of days and then back to glorious sunny 50 degr F weather. Heh, it could be worse, we had already snow last year at this time.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Dec 1, 2015 3:50 PM CST
Beautiful Ursula! Your Bob Betts 'White Lightning ' is just glorious!
I have 2 Vanda that I bought in spike and am eagerly waiting for the flowers I will be happy if they look half as
nice as yours do!
I have been baby sitting this NOID Cat. for Jim ( I was his personal shopper while he was out of town)
One of the buds opened this morning..


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a new spike on Pot. Love Spirit 'NN #1' just glows...almost like a daffodil!



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and I can't get enough of this one...just love it! The flowers seem to last forever!
Pot. Little Fortune '#5'



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lindsey
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 1, 2015 5:09 PM CST

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Oh my! Lovey dubby Jim's Cattleya is a knockout!! The other two are very pretty too!!
Name: Melissa
Memphis, TN (Zone 8a)
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shadytrake
Dec 1, 2015 7:50 PM CST
Yes, I am still living but my body feels dead.

The house is officially listed.
http://m.estately.com/listings/info/1076-echles?noapp=1

I know I have a couple blooming. I'll try to take photos if the rain will stop.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 1, 2015 7:53 PM CST

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Melissa, it is surely a big job to get your house on the market. Perhaps you can now get some rest? Smiling
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Dec 1, 2015 8:39 PM CST
sending positive thoughts your way Melissa...I've been in your shoes..and know it's not fun.
lindsey
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 2, 2015 8:40 AM CST
Sympathies, Melissa and we sure are missing your voice and your pictures.

Beautiful Vanda and the white catt is amazing, Ursula. I'm with you on the pale yellow noid Catt - Lindsey, didn't you get one of those for yourself too?

We're still in the Caymans and yesterday had an adventurous dive with a very friendly 5ft. nurse shark. Very fun, and the video is great. The reefs here (and all through the Caribbean and the Gulf) are infested with non-native lionfish which the dive masters are allowed to shoot with a small pronged spear. This shark has learned that divers are a source for free lionfish lunch! It arrived from behind me just as I was descending, swam past about a foot under me and scared the pants off me. Then it hung around for the whole dive following us like a dog. They're beautiful and graceful, and thankfully also have very small teeth.
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
Dec 2, 2015 9:54 AM CST
Good to hear from you, Melissa. Keep in touch.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 2, 2015 10:23 AM CST

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I agree

Elaine, is there a way around the venom in those Lionfish, so they can be consumed by humans? .....remembering an old James Bond movie, The spy that loved me, with that underwater scene and the villain talking about the so rare (not) Pterois volitans.... Smiling
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 2, 2015 11:14 AM CST
Yes, the dive masters 'hunt' lionfish when they're not booked for diving. Restaurants here buy the fish for $5/lb. with the spines cut off. The venom is in the spines of the dorsal fin so not in the flesh. It's quite good, we make a point of eating it at least once when we're here so they will keep on serving it.

People rarely are stung by the fish, because there are strict rules about touching anything while you are diving here. The dive sites are relatively free of lionfish now, and the ones we saw were very small but they tell us that deeper on the reef they are large and plentiful.

We were hoping to go to the botanical garden today but so far it's raining too much. Little squalls lined up to go over, so I hope for a break later and will post pictures.
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
Dec 2, 2015 5:57 PM CST
After a week up in the tundra, the OC had some treats for me.

This is Guarianthe [Gur.] deckeri which was a species Cattleya the last time I posted her flowers. A wonderful plant in full bloom.
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This Bsn. Maikai 'Louise' (B. nodosa x Gur. bowringiana) looks like a ribbon winner. If she only holds on until Tuesday, I'll find out.
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My other Maikai, sans the 'Louise', isn't too far behind.
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Mini Phalaenopsis [Phal.] lueddemanniana:
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The brightest orchid in the lot is Ett. Volcano Trick (Ctt. Trick or Treat x Epi. stamfordianum).
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With 4 blooming stems now, Pyp. Mendenhall 'Hildos' (Pyp. Butterfly x Pyp. papilio) is blooming.
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A nice blooming spike on Bct. Roman Holiday (Ctt. Chocolate Drop x B. nodosa).
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I just found that this nice hybrid has been registered and now has a name of its own: Enanthleya [Eny.] Burkhalter's Eva (Ctt. Eva x E. tampensis)
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Here is Vanda Lou Sneary 'Bluebird' (V. falcata x Rhy. coelestis) which was a Neostylis the last time I looked.
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A NOID mini Phal.
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Here is Ctt. Haleahi Serenity (C. Valentine (1900) x Gur. bowringiana).
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Chz. Haleahi Sunbow (Bsn. Maikai x Rby. Golden Tang). Interesting parents in that Golden Tang is pure yellow and Maikai has the spots.
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A nice species Laelia [L.] rubescens, growing an a large piece of driftwood.
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B. Little Stars (B. nodosa x B. subulifolia) is blooming for the second time this year.
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Bc. Memoria Bernice Foster (Bc. Richard Mueller x B. subulifolia) simply will not stop blooming.
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This is the nice Spathogolttis plicattthat Elaine gave me. I love it.
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Here is a flashy one from Apopka: Rlc. Taiwan Queen (C. Moscombe x Rlc. George Angus).
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And some hard cane Dendrobiums from the $3 box:
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I think this last one is Kirchara Jairak Kiss 'Red Line Lip'
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That's it for now.

Jim
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Dec 2, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Lion fish were aggressively hunted all throughout the Caribbean... I don't eat fish myself..but my friends say it tastes like chicken!
Elaine, I bought Jims plants in bud..so exercised some restraint ...
This little one opened up late in the day today..

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Lc. Final Blue 'Royal Purple'

lindsey
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Dec 2, 2015 6:02 PM CST
Holy Cow Jim!
what a show!
lindsey
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 2, 2015 6:11 PM CST
What a wonderful welcome home Jim. I couldn't pick a favorite.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Dec 2, 2015 6:15 PM CST
Wow! Maikai 'Louise' needs a ribbon, for sure! Fantastic show!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 2, 2015 6:49 PM CST

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sugarcane said:Holy Cow Jim!
what a show!


What Lindsey said! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby what a feast for the eyes!

I like that "tastes like chicken"!
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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Dec 2, 2015 7:34 PM CST
Wow, Jim, those are amazing! I love Volcano Trick, but they're all spectacular. I'm always surprised when even one of my orchids blooms! I couldn't imagine so many blooms at one time Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Dec 2, 2015 8:17 PM CST
Thanks, Ibis, and welcome to the orchids forum.

Jim

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