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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 24, 2014 6:31 PM CST

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And ..... That is a cute Phal and is there anyone here who doesn't love that wonderful Gerberara! Lovey dubby
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 25, 2014 9:59 AM CST

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Anyway......hopefully I haven't hit you over the head with my post.....
Here is Sigmatostalix unguiculata, a miniature Orchid with a sense of humor?
I almost lost the plant last Summer as it got a little too hot and sunny for it outside. But it is somewhat rebounding and I noticed a few of the silly blooms this week.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 25, 2014 11:27 AM CST
Those are funny little flowers, aren't they! I wonder if they adapted to that form in order to attract a certain pollinator?

On the general flower forms, and anomalies, no hitting on the heads necessary. Big Grin I just meant that I personally don't mind seeing variations in my orchid flowers from one bloom cycle to the next. Since I'm not going to show my plants, I really don't care if they come along exactly 'true to form' and enjoy seeing the differences.

In the case of the bloomers that have repeated for me, they seem to vary depending upon what the temperatures and humidity are when the buds are forming. eg. I have a few Catts that want to bloom summer and winter, and the colors in winter have been consistently more intense than the colors on the flowers in summer. Maybe just that the buds develop, bloom and finish so much faster when the weather is warm?
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Mar 25, 2014 11:43 AM CST
That's interesting, Elaine. I didn't know that the time of year would have bearing on the intensity of color, but I think that even my NOID Phal that's in bloom now is actually much darker than the blooms of last year. My Catts have not bloomed at all since the rescue, but i'm impressed with the root growth I've gotten, so maybe next year I'll start seeing something develop. Thumbs up
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 25, 2014 12:36 PM CST
I agree with Elaine. Gerberara snow ballet is a perfect example. Sometimes it opens quite purple, and sometimes light pink with a lot of yellow in the throat. I've not seen any photos from Fl. that are as dark as the mother plant in Ca. I don't know if that's the heat, humidity, or the intensity of the sun, but it happens, and it's always interesting.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 25, 2014 2:17 PM CST
So right, Carol. I am really seeing the pink/yellow shading out to white on Gerberara. No purple happening in the cool weather, it seems. Last bloom cycle, (would have been last fall, very warm) I did have more purple shading on the new flowers.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 25, 2014 3:17 PM CST

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You might enjoy this discussion, from the Slippertalk archives
http://www.slippertalk.com/for...
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 25, 2014 3:29 PM CST
Interesting link, Ursula. Those "discussions" still do not explain why the two divisions of my Copper Queen, grown under identical conditions, produced orange-copper flowers on one plant and decidedly yellow flowers on the other.

I won't post the pictures since they were previously posted and I don't want to waste anyone's time.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 25, 2014 3:36 PM CST

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You have different clones of Copper Queen?
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 25, 2014 3:38 PM CST
I'm not sure what your question means, Ursula. I am not the sharpest tack around, you know! *Blush*
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 25, 2014 3:41 PM CST
Interesting Ursula! No wonder my plants are all confused...we're in yo-yo mode here...85 and sunny last week, 65 and cloudy this week. Typical spring weather around here. But it still leaves the light intensity question up in the air, as the sun and temps go together in the great outdoors.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 25, 2014 3:45 PM CST

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Indeed, Carol!
Ken, your two divisions of the Copper Queen, do they come from different sources?
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drdawg
Mar 25, 2014 3:50 PM CST
No, Ursula, they are both divisions of the same plant, taken at the same time, and then grown under identical conditions.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 25, 2014 4:06 PM CST

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That is certainly mysterious, Ken! And fun! Smiling
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drdawg
Mar 25, 2014 4:14 PM CST
Not so much fun when I custom make all my own labels with picture. When something like this happens, I might send the "yellow" version plant along with the "copper" version label. I would not want to be accused of mislabeling or selling the wrong variety. It's sort of a headache for me when this happens. Luckily, as far as I know, this is the only plant that has given me two completely different colored flowers from the same "mother".
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Mar 25, 2014 7:25 PM CST
No ribbons at the Orchid Club meeting today but I wanted to show off a couple of my bloom table entrees. First is Lc. Canhamiana v. Coerulea 'Azure Skies'.
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Then the one I thought might win something, Lc. Eva.
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Lastly, my wife was rear-ended on her way home from work tonight by a teenage girl and her trusty smart phone. No insurance card, expired license and on and on. I'll have to sort it all out tomorrow. At least Patty seems to be fine.

Jim
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Name: Melanie
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mellielong
Mar 25, 2014 11:30 PM CST
Jim, I'm so glad your wife is okay! Definitely going to be a pain to deal with all that mess, but at least no one's hurt. She might be sore tomorrow, though. I remember when I got rear-ended the next day my neck was pretty sore from whiplash but hopefully your wife will be okay.

On the plus side, your 'Azure Skies' is truly lovely, but you know I'm partial to purple!
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 26, 2014 6:22 AM CST

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Yes, I am glad your wife is ok, but the insurance stuff is a pain!

I love the bloom table entrees, they are both gorgeous! Lovey dubby
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 26, 2014 8:22 AM CST
You beat me to it, Ursula, I was going to say how gorgeous they are. There must have been some pretty spectacular other plants to beat out Lc. Eva for a ribbon!

D'you think maybe the orchid club was saying "we just can't give Jim all the ribbons all the time" ?? That's what I think. In any case you get the blue ribbon from us, I'm sure.

I hope Patty called the cops to come to the accident scene and you have an accident report from them, Jim. It helps a lot with the law on your side. Similar thing happened to Marsh last week, driving my car ( ! ! ) home from the airport with his friend aboard. The teenage girl changed lanes into the side of my car, then fled the scene. They got her license plate #, followed her until she entered a gated community while calling the police, and ended up with both police and Highway Patrol on the case. The girl could have been charged with a felony for leaving the scene of the accident, but Marsh declined to press charges. He felt ok with just both the officers giving her a sharp reprimand and two citations, plus her parents of course were all over it. Now we have the hassle of getting the car repaired, though!
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 26, 2014 3:34 PM CST

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What a pain!!

I have a couple things starting to bloom here -
Caularthron bicornutum has a bunch of spikes. I am not sure if my quick picture shows the mounted plant (in the center) properly, but I hope you can make it out.
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And Dendrobium Nestor ( anosmum x parishii) has a few short growths, but there are budding/blooming!! The scent is just as nice as that of anosmum, delicious Raspberries.
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And the Epidendrum secundum v. album blooms everywhere
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And the funny characters of the Sigmatostalix unguiculata, this time through my Nikon lens.
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