Orchids forum: Our Orchid blooms in April 2020

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 12, 2020 4:10 PM CST
Happy Easter to all!
Nothing new open here. Love that Henry Wan, Lindsey, and love all those Phaius, Alice! I've had no luck with them here.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 12, 2020 4:22 PM CST

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Oh my, what a gorgeous Show!! I love it!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Gorgeous Phaius, Alice!
Tara, beautiful floof!
Lindsey, sorry about the Thrips, but you still have a wonderful display!!
We just finished Dinner and I am taking it all in here, while my sweet husband clears the table! ( I cook, he clears up! Smiling ) Haven't done this in a while, Pot roast and German potato dumplings, but then this is the first time in at least 30 years that we are eating Easter dinner at our house, and it is just the two of us. Hopefully we can repeat this a month from now with our 10 - count family!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 12, 2020 4:47 PM CST
We celebrated Ostara some time ago, but to my Christian fiends, have a great holiday. My first bloom on my Maxie!
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 12, 2020 10:12 PM CST
Lovelies here to celebrate Easter. Alice, you can post pictures of your elegant Phaius every single day and I wouldn't get tired of seeing them. I'm missing mine entirely this year. the Ocktoberfest are just about finished now, and my husband was finally able to send me a picture that showed the last of the blooms. I also have some new white Cattleyas blooming in the cage, but his pictures won't upload to this page for me.

I'm sad I can't post pictures of my orchids but here's a shot of my two little granddaughters hunting Easter eggs in the back yard. I made their dresses. And yes, my daughter gave me an Easter basket c/w chocolate, and a pair of fuzzy bunny ears, too.
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Lindsey, on the thrips battle, I have two enormous Nepenthes (carnivorous pitcher) plants inside my pool cage, and they definitely take care of a lot of the thrips for me. The orchids nearer them have significantly less problems than the ones farther away. I also had to ask the DH to spray all the orchids with spinosad a few days ago as a precaution, though.
Elaine

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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Apr 13, 2020 4:48 AM CST
Your granddaughters are as pretty as any flowers and the dresses you made are beautiful and very spring like. Probably a lot more fun to sew than making masks.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 13, 2020 6:43 AM CST

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Pretty girls in pretty dresses! I agree, it must be have been fun to sew those dresses!
How nice to be able to celebrate Easter with them. 💕

I am crocheting cotton masks.
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 13, 2020 8:19 AM CST

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It is Spring-blooming Cattleya time around here!
My Cattleya skinneri albescens var occulata 'Debbie' FCC/AOS is opening the first of three baskets.

I bought the plant more than 20 years ago from Waldor Orchids, it took 5 years for the then small basket of a couple of pbulbs to find its voice and start blooming. It never missed a Spring since then. Some years ago I split the plants into ca 6 large pieces, at that point it didn't fit through any door at 5 feet across. Last year, I split it again and now 3 baskets are starting to bloom.
I took these pics mostly yesterday in good light, in anticipation of today's miserable rain storm.


Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 13, 2020 8:20 AM CST
Beautiful, Ursula.

I'm trying to make some bandana-masks, but not doing a very good job of it. Sewing is not my cup of tea. Whistling
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Apr 13, 2020 10:01 AM CST
I agree
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 13, 2020 11:17 AM CST

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A couple of weeks ago I tried Amazon to order the regular face masks, (as the clinical masks are reserved for responders). They would be delivered the end of May into June and they are manufactured in China. Well, I started crocheting.....
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 13, 2020 11:56 AM CST
My kids have rewearable black cloth ones
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Apr 13, 2020 12:25 PM CST
I don't know where folks find their face masks here in Vero Beach.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 13, 2020 4:29 PM CST
The other grandma made some masks for us with a pocket for a replaceable filter. Uncomfortable but work fine. She has them tying on with shoelaces, but I replaced those with elastic. At the very least they keep you from touching your face, anyway.
Elaine

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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Apr 13, 2020 4:51 PM CST
I ordered shoelaces from amazon earlier today. I found some in a 3 pack for $2.90. I had given all my elastic away just the first week in March, I figured I could buy more if necessary one day. Who knew I would need some so soon and it would be unobtainable? Instead of pleats I plan to run the shoelaces through a channel along the sides and the wearer can gather it in what is most comfortable for them. My grands have been uncomfortable with the masks that are not adjustable. Hope these work for them.

Ken I had ordered masks from amazon on March 3rd, I was trying to get ahead of the curve. They arrived yesterday and they are not very comfortable which is why I am making some.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 13, 2020 6:37 PM CST
Sighing! I keep telling myself I could make some, but I haven't had my sewing machine out of it's carrying case in years, and I'm sure it would need cleaning to work properly. In the mean time, I have several bandanas from my working days.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 14, 2020 8:50 AM CST

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"And now for something completely different" - Platystele umbellata
the whole umbel measures about 5 mm, you really need a magnifying glass/lens to see the individual blooms.

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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Apr 14, 2020 9:29 AM CST
Ursula,The cluster of flowers reminds me of a dark Hoya.... what a cutie that is!
There's a few new things in bloom here.




C. Olivia with a couple of nice spikes on it. One of my Facebook friends commented that would make a pretty bridal bouquet...I tried to show her how huge the flowers are...

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Ctt. Jewel Box 'Scheherazade' with a nice demonstration of thrip damage.


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Rlc. Toshie Aoki X Isma Excel (a name I can't find anywhere)....
Jim, didn't you also get this cross from Krull Smith?
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 14, 2020 10:25 AM CST
Oh Ursula I LOVE THAT that is my kind of orchid!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Apr 14, 2020 10:58 AM CST

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Gina, I got it from Andy's!

Lindsey, beautiful!! I love the Olivia!! Lovey dubby

Wow, those thrips are something else! That got to be most annoying!
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 14, 2020 12:46 PM CST
Stunning flowers, Lindsey. I have a big white Catt blooming now, too but Marsh couldn't see a tag on it so who knows which it is . . . D'Oh! Rolling my eyes. The Toshie cross is wonderful.

Love that tiny platystele, Ursula. I thought it was a raspberry.

I got a sweet mini phal at Trader Joe's yesterday with two spikes open. No thrips here, thankfully. They do go for the deep colored blooms. But I'm battling spider mites and aphids on my seedlings .
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Elaine

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