Orchids forum: Our Orchid blooms in March 2014

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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 26, 2014 4:58 PM CST
That Caultharon is a beauty, and I love that fuzzy lip on the Den. Lovey dubby
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 26, 2014 5:39 PM CST

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Smiling Especially since the Caularthron bicornutum is your Gerberara Snow Ballet's Grandmother! Thumbs up
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 26, 2014 5:56 PM CST
One wouldn't guess that by looking at it though. Hilarious!
Name: Jean
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qwilter
Mar 27, 2014 6:08 AM CST
I usually just admire what everyone else has since mine usually just sit & look at me. Went out to water and found my Max Tenuifolia, "Coconut" Orchid, not only blooming but full of buds. I've had her for 3 years & this is the 1st "show" I've gotten. Many thanks to whoever it was who recommended I get a deeper pot & plant her down in the medium. She also like more light & water than most others. Was obviously what she needed.

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 27, 2014 6:32 AM CST

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How wonderful! Thumbs up Looks great!

Regarding the advice - that sounds like it came from @Boojum /Kathy!
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 27, 2014 6:50 AM CST
Are the flowers going to have a coconut fragrance? Love it! Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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qwilter
Mar 27, 2014 8:06 AM CST
Yes., smells like Coconut. Don't need an air freshener on the sun porch!!!!
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drdawg
Mar 27, 2014 8:55 AM CST
How great to have a coconut scented orchid. I have to do some looking and find that plant for myself. If anyone has a good-size plant and wants to trade, let me know I am always up to a fair trade. Thumbs up
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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Mar 27, 2014 6:30 PM CST
Hahaha it was me who gave that advice! Now I need to take it myself since all my roots are way up in the air again! Mine is in bloom too. Ken, they are quite cheap and easy to get from many places. Sorry, no time any more for dividing or trading. It seems my business has taken off and I hardly have time to water the orchids and get out the door these days.
Name: Jean
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qwilter
Mar 27, 2014 7:35 PM CST
Well then Kathy, many many thanks!!!!! The flowers are so much larger than when I got her.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Mar 28, 2014 1:41 PM CST
Ursula, nice picture of the Sigmatostalix unguiculata!

Dinner for the vestry at our priest's home tonight. Do I dare take a bottle of wine? Such social quandaries!

Tomorrow is Greenfest at the University of Tampa where I am speaking on fruit. After my talk, I hope to do some shopping.

Jim
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 28, 2014 2:28 PM CST
Our priests would feel slighted if we did not furnish wine. Angel
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hawkarica
Mar 28, 2014 3:25 PM CST
On the safe side, flowers for the hostess.

Jim
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 28, 2014 4:18 PM CST
Always a good choice, Jim. But maybe call your priest and ask - the wine might be well accepted too.

I got nunnies, FINally!! Phaius Microburst 'Dan Rosenberg' and Phaius tankervillea. The new kid, Phaiocalanthe 'Kryptonite' is showing color but not quite open yet.

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 28, 2014 5:40 PM CST

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First we talk Priests and then Nunnies!
Angel
In any case, nice Nunnies, Elaine.
I always wished I had the room for some, I like them a lot!
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drdawg
Mar 28, 2014 8:20 PM CST
Right now I would rather have a nice glass of wine. Good night everyone. Talk to you tomorrow.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 29, 2014 4:59 PM CST

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I mentioned the other day, that I consider the blooms on my Vanda Robert's Delight fairly poor in form. As it is blooming right now, I like to show you.
Here is one side of the spike where I left the blooms as is.
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And here is why I keep the plant:
When I think the blooms are fully open, I flip all cupped flower parts to the back, for a much flatter look. Better?
Btw I did water the buds/blooms along with the plant.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Mar 29, 2014 5:48 PM CST
Oooo, such beauties! Especially when they are showing their 'best side'! Drooling
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 29, 2014 7:06 PM CST
That makes a big difference, Ursula. I saw some Robert's Delight Vandas for sale at the Greenfest Plant Sale today and they were all cupped. Nature of the beast I say. Mine do the same thing.

I gave my fruit talk at 10:00 this morning, shopped for about an hour and bought nothing. Just as I was leaving it began to rain and it lasted all afternoon. The electricity went out for 5 hours this afternoon which is typical and irritating.

Jim

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 29, 2014 7:32 PM CST
Sure does look better with the petals inverted, Ursula. It's a beautiful color anyway, but the pretty markings show up so much more with the flowers opened.

Spots on the top and plain petals on the bottom, huh? Very nice flowers, with a little help.

We got some good rain, off and on today too. This is an amazing amount of rain for late March here, my cisterns and all my rain barrels are brimming full.

I'd definitely be making some noise about all those power outages, Jim! We've only had one prolonged outage in nearly 7 years living here, and that was from a car accident wiping out a major power hub. We get the odd 'bump' where it goes off and comes on seconds later, but that's it.
Elaine

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