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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 30, 2012 10:38 PM CST

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It is time for a new thread and December is always a nice month for blooming Orchids!
We came from here
The thread "Orchid Blooms in November, 2012" in Orchids forum

Slc Bright Circle is a cute little windowsill Catt
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The Pat Taaffe hybrid continues to open blooms
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and here is a "twofer" with Blc Chia Lin 'New City' ( it would be nice if the Den. loddigesii would ever start really blooming, not just showing a single bloom here and there...)
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Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' is by now a truly good size plant and has a bunch of spikes in the works.
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and Isabelia virginalis is a true miniature. I like the interesting growth which looks like it is covered with netting.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Dec 1, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Thanks for a beautiful start to our new thread, Ursula. I see you were at it at the stroke of midnight while old guys like me were sound to sleep. Hilarious! Apart from the always lovely Chia Lin, I'm quite fond of the Cirrhopetalum. I'm still trying to see the difference between it and a Bulbophyllum. Shrug!

I'll start with a brand new bloom on my Psychopsis mariposa 'Green Valley'. This is the big Phychopsis with flowers about three times the size of my regular ones.
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Then there is Epicattleya (Epc.) Lime Sherbert X Bc. Little Stars which is just covered in blooms.
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Carol's Gerberara 'Snow Ballet', Florida edition, is also blooming up a storm.
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It looks like Blc. Golden Tang is going to be one of those orchids that is always in bloom.
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Here is my version of Blc Chia Lin 'New City' .
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And David Sander is putting on a fourth bloom.
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Epic. Volcano Trick Fireball continues to fill out its spike. Epicatts really do well for me and I like the blooms.
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The last one for now is Miltassia Golden Spider 'Copius'
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 1, 2012 8:45 AM CST

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Beautiful "stuff" Smiling , Jim!! I love the Epicatt! Carol's Snow Ballet does beautifully for you!

I tried to find an explanation regarding the Bulbophyllum/Cirrhopetalum - here is perhaps one
http://www.orchidboard.com/community/bulbophyllum-alliance/4...
It doesn't always seem to fit though....
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Dec 1, 2012 9:11 AM CST
Glad I'm not the only one confused. Whistling

Jim
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Dec 1, 2012 9:12 AM CST
Wow! Great start to the month! The Pat Taaffe hybrid goes on the wishlist and Epicattleya (Epc.) Lime Sherbert X Bc. Little Stars, too!
I'm wishing for more light since I only get a few blooms on the very same plants. On my forum, Robert from Australia has won the photo contest with the most photos of the day. Wish we could get plants like his in the states.
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Dec 1, 2012 1:00 PM CST
Wow! You guys have been busy...and LOTS going on at your (green) houses!!!!
Here's a couple of new ones from my house.
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Pot. Birthday Dream x Tiny Titan Bpl. Golden Peacock 'Orange Beauty' and Bc. Makai 'Spotted Star'
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Dec 1, 2012 1:07 PM CST
Very nice, Lindsey. The Bc. Makai orchids are really popular around here. It seems like everyone has them. I really like the Bpl. Golden Peacock, botj for the form and color.

Jim
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Dec 1, 2012 3:58 PM CST
I agree
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 1, 2012 4:53 PM CST

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Me too!! Lovey dubby
Name: bree
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bree
Dec 1, 2012 10:12 PM CST
I love Blc Chia Lin 'New City' Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 2, 2012 7:48 AM CST

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Bree, it smells really nice too!!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 2, 2012 9:19 AM CST
Yes, it's a real winner. Wish mine would stop blasting its sheaths. I had hopes until yesterday that it would bloom. Crying

Found a problem, see new thread. Would appreciate any input on this, something I've not seen before.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 4, 2012 11:47 AM CST
Next stage of my noid Brassavola coming along, top flower turning peachy, new flower has no spots, reverting to previous form? It's not even at the other end of the clump, the pb is right beside the one with the spotted flowers . . . orchids are such unpredictable fun!

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My B. Little Stars is twinkling away with a new spike open. Second pic you can see it's right beside the door I walk in and out of all day, so the perfume at night from just four little flowers is amazing.

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I've been making orchid pots out of some clay ones that came with my latest rescues. Having fun with the little wheel on the Dremel tool.

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Elaine

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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Dec 4, 2012 1:47 PM CST
That's a great idea, Elaine!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 4, 2012 3:05 PM CST
A first time blooms for my Barbosella australis:

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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Dec 4, 2012 4:25 PM CST
Love that mini! Lovey dubby
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 4, 2012 4:32 PM CST

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Me too, very cute!

Elaine, I saw your thread on the Dremel cuts on DG. Well done. Those pots look very nice and are surely a lot more functional.
Regarding the noid Brassavola - could it be a light issue? Or you have really two different hybrids in the same pot? Perhaps siblings?
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Dec 4, 2012 5:55 PM CST
Another possibility is a single plant that is variable, depending on temp and light, or maybe parent genes.Thumb of 2012-12-04/ctcarol/749225 this is one plant, different colors and different spotting....and a bunch of you have one. Big Grin I tip my hat to you.

Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 4, 2012 7:40 PM CST
That noid Brassie is one big clump, probably 50 pb's all crammed together.

Carol, that big mama Gerberara is just gorgeous. I sure hope my little start grows up as pretty as mama.

I was getting around to posting my orchid pot cutting thread over here, but I've been making frost covers for the beds at my elementary school garden tonight. Just about done sewing, so now that I'm taking a break . . here goes
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 4, 2012 9:18 PM CST

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My Gongora armeniaca has a bunch of little spikes, some are now open.
Yak yak yak?
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The Bc Binosa 'Tetraploid' starts up again
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so does Ceratostylis rubra
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Gastrochilus acutifolius is a real cutie
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Would you believe Lc Love Knot coerulea is blooming again? The plant was really tipping about, so it is now a hanging plant with the help of a wire hanger
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Lc Mini Purple 'Shibuya' is still blooming
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And here is a really pretty mini Catt - this is Lc Sacramento Rose blooming again
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Pot Burana Beauty 'Burana' opens some more buds
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Bulbophyllum alagense small form is actually a really huge plant, the individual growths are in the mm range. It fell off its mount a couple of years ago, and it seems happy on the coconut mat. It has been "blooming" for weeks, if you blink you missed the teensy little "beaks".
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