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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Apr 26, 2020 12:51 PM CST
I've got a few new things to share today.

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Siblings...Myc. Suncoast Pink Passion




Originally tagged as Den. farmeri but I've learned a bit today and the tag now says Den. thrysifolum

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And first time blooming
Myc. Cupid's Arrow
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 26, 2020 1:23 PM CST
Wow, Lindsey, gorgeous flowers for sure.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 26, 2020 1:33 PM CST

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Ohh, how pretty!! Nice Show! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 26, 2020 4:29 PM CST

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Here is the reason Guarianthe skinneri is not alba but albescens!! ( also var. occulata 'Debbie') Older blooms show the bluish tint.
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On a different note, this was another rainy and cold Sunday! Where is Spring this year here in NJ!?

Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Apr 26, 2020 4:38 PM CST
We are getting Spring here in the next two weeks so it is coming!
Forecast 58-70, some isolated showers. Sounds promising. I hope it comes your way too!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 26, 2020 4:42 PM CST
Gorgeous show ladies!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 26, 2020 10:13 PM CST
We've got wonderful warm spring weather this week, coming along to you folks, downstream of the Intermountain West. Really enjoying gardening in this wonderful weather, I must admit, although I'm missing my orchids. I get to do the Trader Joe's run tomorrow, so hope they have some new and interesting orchids on display.

The 'Debbie' is even prettier with the nice blue lip now, Ursula. What a beauty.

Lindsey, amazing colors on those siblings.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 27, 2020 11:20 AM CST
Cloudless skies, only getting up to around 80, and the humidity is lower than average here in Vero Beach. That's a good thing because I am having to replace my shadehouse with a new one. I got the old one down, broken up in 6' sections so that I can transport the metal framework to a recycling center tomorrow.

I knew when I put this one up 2 yr. ago that it wouldn't last long. I needed something fairly light so that I could put it up quickly. I was sort of desperate to have some shading for the orchids that I brought. I've covered up all the orchid-filled benches with the shade cloth from the old shadehouse and I'll build the new structure around all those plants.

This new framework consists of very heavy galvanized pipe, and this pipe probably weighs 3X that of the previous pipe. It'll be slow putting up, doing it all by myself.
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 27, 2020 1:08 PM CST
So here I come again and just in time for Schomburgkia season. From the OC:
Myrmecophila thomsoniana:


Myrmecocattleya Luster:
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Myrmecophila tibicinis:
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Myrmecophila grandiflora 'Classic Beauty': The spike is at least 6 feet and I am standing on the top step of a ladder to take this pic.
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Moving on, Encyclia Rioclarense:
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Oncidium sphacelatum:
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Jim

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 27, 2020 1:12 PM CST
Some lady from a garden club I spoke at sent me this pic. Any ideas??

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Jim

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BigBill
Apr 27, 2020 1:32 PM CST
Eggs of some type is my guess.
I would have gone with Bush snail or slug but I would think that they would be in a darker, more moist area.
Could they be from something like a species of skipper or smaller butterfly like a cabbage white or cloudless sulphur? But I guess we should maybe find out what the plant is and then determine if there is a butterfly, or moth, that the larva feed on.
That's all I got Jim. Shrug!
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 27, 2020 1:54 PM CST

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I am clueless regarding this!

Jim, I love the Schomburgkias! They sure need the room, but they are certainly worth it! Very showy!! Lovey dubby
My alba Schom superbiens is doing something similar in the ceiling! Smiling
The Encyclia and Oncidium are looking great too!!
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BigBill
Apr 27, 2020 2:05 PM CST
Oncidium sphacelatum is like the Forsythia Bush of the Orchid Family!!
It always put on a great show for me In Florida and it always bloomed in April down there in Cape Coral.

I gave 4 or 5 large ones to friends down there and they probably hate me by now because they grow like weeds!
I was thinking of having the largest plant drive the rental to Michigan but then, where was I going to sit?!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 27, 2020 5:33 PM CST
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Apr 27, 2020 6:45 PM CST
Cant help with the eggs, but Jim, I envy your space to grow those lovelies!
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 27, 2020 7:13 PM CST
Speaking of eggs, but not eggs on plants. You'll get a kick out of this, Bill and the rest of you Floridians.

I went out this morning to my irrigation pump to remove and clean the filter. I do that about weekly. There was a large hardshell turtle digging a hole near that filter canister and I had to step over the turtle to get to the filter. OK, no problem. I have lots of turtles in the pond, and they often are digging, so I didn't pay much attention. When I went back to the pump to reinstall the filter, there were two large eggs in that hole, and I assume the turtle was still doing her "job", since she was still on the edge of that hole. I was too lazy to return to the house and grab my camera.

It's a zoo here.
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BigBill
Apr 27, 2020 7:22 PM CST
Large eggs? Are we talking snapping turtle?
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 27, 2020 7:54 PM CST
No, not a snapper, Bill. I don't know what kind it is. It lives in the pond and comes to me when I'm feeding the fish. All the turtles swim my way as soon as I approach the banks of the pond. Some sort of big box turtle. I'm not up on turtles. I know the soft shells (the ugliest turtles I've ever seen), and have a couple of red sliders, but I don't know that these large hard shells are.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 28, 2020 5:57 AM CST
That is so cool about the turtle eggs. If you knew what kind it is you could research their gestation period, there is nothing cuter than baby turtles emerging from the ground. This is one site I used to ID one a while back.
http://wildflorida.com/florida...
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 28, 2020 7:39 AM CST
These turtles are larger than the red-eared sliders (at least the ones in my pond) and rather than the red slash on their necks, they have white slashes. Maybe some sort of box, slider, or cooter. I just don't know. The eggs were about 2" in diameter.
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