Orchids forum: Our growing area

Page 1 of 10 • 1 2 3 4 5 ... 10
Views: 5256, Replies: 187 » Jump to the end
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
Image
Ursula
May 30, 2014 6:58 PM CST

Moderator

It occurred to me that this forum no longer has a growing area thread.
I happily finished today the task of emptying out the greenhouse and moving the Orchids downstairs into the cage, and I wanted to share some pictures. So, a new thread!! Smiling

Here is a view from the deck
Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/47ad02
and from the backyard
Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/6e8a36
It is somewhat impossible to show ever corner and every plant inside the cage, but here are few shots to give you an idea. It does look a bit wild, but once you are standing inside the cage, things are actually pretty well organized.
Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/e052c5 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/69aead Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/57555e Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/457804 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/ed5829 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/340e1a Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/666a6c Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/080b5e Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/a6a41b Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/d59ed8 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/9f7b67 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/ce8e50 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/dce30c Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/224464 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/38a087 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/17674b Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/5885ef Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/c96af0 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/79e1b9 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/a79db6 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/e681c8 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/7c4c67 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/fd8bf3 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/499262 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/48a01c Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/0f48bb Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/79b105 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/971773 Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/60aef1
And the Iwanagaara and my budding Coelogyne Burfordiense and a few more things on the deck
Thumb of 2014-05-31/Ursula/5147cc

Please feel free to add your growing area to this thread!!

[Last edited by Ursula - May 30, 2014 7:02 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #627222 (1)
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
May 31, 2014 3:27 PM CST
It looks wonderful, Ursula. Such a lot of interesting blooms there.

Mine is just one section of our pool cage,where I have set up two misting heads on timers. They are used whenever we are away traveling, or even when we have a busy time at home and I know I won't have time to mist the orchids by hand.

The trellis comes off the wall when we leave town, and moves over to where the automatic misters are. The little shelf unit in the corner has the Phals and my two little Paphs (plus anybody newly potted) under an overhang so I can control how much water they get when the weather is rainy. Even that northeast facing corner gets a little sunshine early in the morning at this time of year, which they don't seem to mind.
Thumb of 2014-05-31/dyzzypyxxy/591264 Thumb of 2014-05-31/dyzzypyxxy/16217a Thumb of 2014-05-31/dyzzypyxxy/033bf6

Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
May 31, 2014 3:34 PM CST
Forgot the shots of the quarantine area out under the big oak branch, and of course the big branch itself is home to Enc. tampensis (cloud of little flowers in the left half of the picture) and also a couple of scraggly Bc. Little Lulu that are alive but only one has bloomed so far, 3 years into the experiment. Thunder and black clouds all around us, fingers crossed for RAIN!

Thumb of 2014-05-31/dyzzypyxxy/25d1d0 Thumb of 2014-05-31/dyzzypyxxy/68a0c3

Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
Image
hawkarica
May 31, 2014 4:26 PM CST
Wow, Ursula, very nice and I can now better understand what a huge job it is to move all of those plants twice each year.

Also a nice set-up, Elaine. Automatic misters are on my short list. We are planning on a 10 day trip to Peru later this summer and I would like to have them in place before that.

And here are some shots of the OC that I had built back in 2011. No hauling orchids around anymore for me. Note the 15,000 gal. humidifier in the middle of the place.
Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/ff65a4 Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/02b1e2 Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/3550a2 Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/d42595
Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/42344d Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/5e19db Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/626fbe Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/3b7790
Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/f49d92 Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/f2f25e Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/d5cf73 Thumb of 2014-05-31/hawkarica/f8a99f

Jim
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Image
ctcarol
May 31, 2014 4:43 PM CST
Jim, It really turned out nice! An amazing difference! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
Image
hawkarica
May 31, 2014 4:56 PM CST
Thanks, Carol. We can sit, cook and eat out there all while enjoying the orchids and looking out over the lake.

Jim
Name: mj
Central Florida
Butterflies Hummingbirder Keeps Horses Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Florida
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
mjsponies
May 31, 2014 5:32 PM CST
Holy cow Ursula what a job you have moving all those Orchids.

Elaine, your misting system is something I need to do also. I drag the hose over to and put the nozzle on mist.

Jim, How on earth do you keep everything so Clean !! with all those Orchids. Beautiful.

We're busy tomorrow buy hopefully I can get some pics of my setup soon.
God gave us wings. He just called them horses
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
Image
Ursula
May 31, 2014 8:33 PM CST

Moderator

Ohh, wow, I am loving this!
We just came back from a birthday party and I am seeing you added great stuff here! Thumbs up
Elaine, I like that set up you have, misting system and all! Those plants in the quarantine area look way to good to be there and I love the tampensis in such a natural setting.

Jim, your OC looks like paradise! Just beautiful and so super clean!! I love it! It is just great how it all integrates with your house!
It must be lovely to be able to keep it all together like that instead of lugging things in and out as the weather dictates.

Around here in this climate it is the practical or should I say necessary thing, to move everything outside for the Summer to give the Orchids a bit of a vacation. At this stage I still view it as good exercise, carrying everything down the steps through the house and out into the backyard. I suppose I do it as long as I can, hopefully another 20 years…. Smiling
Now comes the second part of this exercise, scrubbing out the greenhouse!
Jim, how do you keep the glass so superclean, do you clean those panels often? Once every couple of months?
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Jun 1, 2014 8:57 AM CST
Jim, your OC is just so wonderful. Even though I've seen it in person, I'd forgotten how great it is. I suppose you keep the windows open in the summer? Still, as Mj says it must be a huge job keeping all that glass clean! That's certainly the prettiest humidifier I've ever seen.

Only one improvement I'd love to make to my misting system. At the moment it uses well water, which is quite high pH and I really notice the difference when I can turn off the misters and rely on rain to water the orchids instead. Same for the rest of the garden, though, but those plants take a lot less time to recover than the orchids do. Eventually I'll have the 'feed' for the misting system running off rain water from the cisterns.

Forgot to show the Cymbidium Corner. They get morning sun here, and are shaded nicely by the bamboo in the afternoons. When I swim, I splash the clay pots with water, thinking this may keep them a little cooler through the afternoons. Sadly, they also provide a hiding place for the raccoon when he visits and the other night he blundered through the pots and broke off a big pseudobulb! We are plotting a remote-controlled hose sprayer that I can scare him with, so maybe he will be discouraged from visiting. Barring that, I'll most likely have to trap him and have Animal Control remove him. Sad

Thumb of 2014-06-01/dyzzypyxxy/dac378

Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener Garden Sages Birds Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
Dragonflies Butterflies Hummingbirder Orchids Container Gardener Garden Procrastinator
Image
terrafirma
Jun 1, 2014 10:26 AM CST
I've been Drooling ing over all of your gorgeous pictures, and collections! Stunningly beautiful!
@Ursula, I'd love to know what the huge plant in picture #14 is. To the right, Looks kind of like "herringbone". Simply gorgeous! Smiling
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
Image
Ursula
Jun 1, 2014 10:37 AM CST

Moderator

Thanks Tara!
This Herringbone/braids is Dendrobium anceps. I think it would do well for you, I grow it warm with daily soaks of water. I keep it mainly for the interesting growth, but it does flower nicely too. It probably still is flowering, I have to pick up the braids and look underneath at the backside of those growths.
Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener Garden Sages Birds Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
Dragonflies Butterflies Hummingbirder Orchids Container Gardener Garden Procrastinator
Image
terrafirma
Jun 1, 2014 11:14 AM CST
Ursula, thank you! I'm going to be searching for one now. Smiling I was reading about them, and someone stated that they have a fragrance of 'apple pie'. Do you agree with that?
I was thinking that the interesting growth pattern would be my reason for growing it also. Flowers would just be a bonus! Beautiful!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
Image
Ursula
Jun 1, 2014 11:37 AM CST

Moderator

Hmm, Apple pie? That is possible, but I would not call it a strong scent. You know, I think the scent is probably drowned out by stronger scented blooming Orchid blooming nearby.
Here is what the plant and blooms looked like in February of this year

Thumb of 2014-06-01/Ursula/c98bf0 Thumb of 2014-06-01/Ursula/51422a Thumb of 2014-06-01/Ursula/91bc6c

I bought my plant from Parkside Orchids btw

[Last edited by Ursula - Jun 1, 2014 11:38 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #628587 (13)
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
Image
Ursula
Jun 2, 2014 7:08 AM CST

Moderator

I am just looking at these pictures again. I think Jim's OC should be called OP/Orchid Palace! Lovey dubby
Name: Roberta
Cherokee Village, Ark (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Orchids Irises
Image
901Bertwood
Jun 2, 2014 8:10 AM CST
Good morning all, I thought I would even out the playing field for those windowsill and porch growers, so here is my south facing patio. Memphis has high temps and high humidity but not always together, so fans and playground mister is needed more than you would think. Now I do have to bring in a few genera when the temps stay above 90'sbut the biggest problem may be not having a dinural cooling off, so I'm keeping a list of possible passalongs. Strap leaf paph may be the first, unless I can get them to bloom this year, they look so healthy.
Thumb of 2014-06-02/901Bertwood/e62a0c
Thumb of 2014-06-02/901Bertwood/68ed28
I can't find my general porch pictures, so these are last years.
Bert
[Last edited by 901Bertwood - Jun 2, 2014 8:12 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #629255 (15)
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
Image
hawkarica
Jun 2, 2014 8:15 AM CST
And here I thought "conservatory" was snooty! Hilarious!

Jim
Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener Garden Sages Birds Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
Dragonflies Butterflies Hummingbirder Orchids Container Gardener Garden Procrastinator
Image
terrafirma
Jun 2, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing snooty! Rolling on the floor laughing I love it! Not snooty at all, Jim! Hilarious! Simply gorgeous! Thumbs up


Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
Image
Ursula
Jun 2, 2014 9:27 AM CST

Moderator

I agree

Roberta, that is a very beautiful Cattleya!! Lovey dubby Looks like a very nice porch, packed with goodies! Thumbs up
Name: Melissa
Memphis, TN (Zone 8a)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Garden Photography Cat Lover Hummingbirder Permaculture Region: Tennessee
Dog Lover Bee Lover Greenhouse Orchids Hostas
Image
shadytrake
Jun 8, 2014 10:21 PM CST
Y'all have some nice setups! Here is my new future orchid home (the last photo). You can see the old shade house next to it. We are going to turn that into a storage room when the new greenhouse is completed. I haven't done my spring cleaning yet so no photos at the moment, but here are a few old ones. BTW, that is water on the leaves, not pests! (optical illusion)
Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/b8f4e2 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/e8848c Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/8131ba Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/16b353


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/516c00 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/2564b4 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/ef63d1 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/21ba99


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/d78da2 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/afcb62 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/9b7f4b Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/2f8ecb


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/eb0a6d Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/b5870a Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/d6eb82 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/5b5e53


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/389593 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/fd0d31 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/e78ff1 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/dd8251


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/dd76e3 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/fdfde9 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/22c910 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/03a044


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/8f4a66 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/22ef56 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/541764 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/2e4cfa


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/2e77ff Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/dd5431 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/da2b1e Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/8078c9


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/86695c Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/b9a0f2 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/fecec2 Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/f1b603


Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/58844b Thumb of 2014-06-09/shadytrake/07d469

[Last edited by shadytrake - Jun 9, 2014 7:42 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #634337 (19)
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Ponds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: New Jersey
Image
Ursula
Jun 9, 2014 6:34 AM CST

Moderator

Welcome!

Melissa, your collection is wonderful! I see lots of different and unusual plants and they will surely love the new greenhouse. Heh, we would! Smiling
I see some S/H growing conditions too, I think you might bring with that a different growing method to our group. Thumbs up
What is that last cute weirdo with the fringed lip? Is the white Stanhopea mounted?

I am happy you are sharing your pictures with us, thanks!

Page 1 of 10 • 1 2 3 4 5 ... 10

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Orchids forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Lilium 'Pink Perfection'"