Orchids forum: Thank you Ken and Tropical Plants & More!

Views: 282, Replies: 16 » Jump to the end
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: Florida Tropicals Xeriscape
Image
karmatree
Jun 12, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Wow Ken, that orchid on the polished wood is so beautiful that my DH ACTUALLY said, "Hey, can we hang that one somewhere in the house?" I'm telling you, that is a HUGE compliment. Thank you!!!!

I mounted the Pot. and will post a picture soon. Thanks again for the lovely plants.
"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy." - Rumer Godden
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Jun 13, 2015 12:35 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Is this the Blc. Chinese Beauty 'Orchid Queen' AM/AOS on cedar that you got? I had mounted three of these plants on different woods and can't remember which one you got.

I don't know that anyone else does quite what I do with mounts. I believe that the mount should carry its own weight when it comes to beauty and longevity and that the orchid and flowers simply enhance the mount's esthetics.

I am equally glad your husband appreciated what I do. We guys can sometimes be sort of blind to esthetics.

Thumb of 2015-06-13/drdawg/1829d9

Thumb of 2015-06-13/drdawg/18a61c when it flowers here's your treat

drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: Florida Tropicals Xeriscape
Image
karmatree
Jun 13, 2015 1:49 PM CST
Yes that's the one, and yes, I search high and low for good things to mount....my son and I spend hours digging through driftwood....a good mount and a healthy plant together are truly art! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy." - Rumer Godden
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Jun 13, 2015 2:16 PM CST
Driftwood is one of the woods (one never knows what kind of wood washes up on the shore) that I may not be able to plane one side. It just depends on the form of the wood. It is amazing to take an ordinary, and often ugly piece of wood, cut through it, and see what the "true" texture and coloration there is. Often these ugly woods make wonderful and beautiful mounts. I don't get much driftwood. Someone has to actually be coming up to Starkville from the Gulf Coast and bring it to me. That's usually during football season, since we always have a house full of guests from Pascagoula for all our home games. We become the Ramsey Hotel. Whistling
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: Florida Tropicals Xeriscape
Image
karmatree
Jun 14, 2015 4:59 AM CST
Have you ever seen pecky cypress? It is one of those woods, like a geode...kinda boring on the outside but surprisingly beautiful when you section it. Driftwood is uncommon here, too...believe it or not. People snatch it up that quickly.
"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy." - Rumer Godden
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Jun 14, 2015 6:00 AM CST
Pecky cypress is a wonderful wood but I don't get any of that here. The cypress is use are the knees and 150+ year old cypress that was cut back in the 1920's.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
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 15, 2015 7:05 AM CST
Do the plants attach readily to the finished pieces, Ken? Or do you leave a section unfinished so they can attach?

They sell amazing driftwood pieces at Tropiflora, but they sure know how to charge for it, too.
Thumb of 2015-06-15/dyzzypyxxy/72a532 Thumb of 2015-06-15/dyzzypyxxy/4da55d
I think searching for driftwood is better done from a boat here. It doesn't wash up on the open beaches much, and as Kate says, gets snatched up whenever it does. But there are pockets where it collects amongst mangroves and such spots. I've anchored the boat and waded ashore to investigate these tangles a few times. It can be really great or disappointing when everything is so intertwined that you can't get anything to come loose. Then there is the wildlife, birds nesting, and other critters that hide in there . . . that can get exciting.


Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Jun 15, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Actually the roots of epiphytes attach to the epoxy with ease. Do they more readily attach to the unfinished wood - perhaps. The picture of the orchid that Kate got has several roots firmly attached to the epoxy side and then they continue to grow onto the backside as well. No, I don't leave any exposed wood on the epoxy side. Two-part, chemically-cured epoxy is inert. It is expensive to buy and time-consuming to apply (two coats over two days), but I like the finish. Some people don't. Sticking tongue out It is sort of my signature when it comes to mounts. I guess I should sign my mounts. Whistling
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: Florida Tropicals Xeriscape
Image
karmatree
Jun 15, 2015 3:19 PM CST
I love the epoxy and the plant seems to be OK with it, too. The roots are climbing all over it. And yes, my son and I have been known to go wading in the muck to get nice pieces of wood Smiling Tropiflora pieces are outstanding but yes, WAY too expensive.

There's a place here on Anna Maria Island next to the Island Art League.... and there's a lady there who sells fabulous driftwood...and they are expensive too, but if you chat with her and tell her you're mounting plants on it, she gives you a GREAT discount.

It's all about the scavenging, though! That's where most of the fun is!
"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy." - Rumer Godden
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
Jun 15, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Don't you need to soak/rinse that driftwood to remove any salts before using it as a mount? We don't get any on our southern beaches, but the farther north you go, the more you see....especially in Alaska.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Jun 15, 2015 6:12 PM CST
When I get the few pieces of driftwood, I will just put it out in the back landscape and let the weather have its way for several months. Sometimes, when they are brought to me that person will tell me that the driftwood has been out in the weather for quite a long time. Either way, the rain and sun does its magic.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
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
Jun 15, 2015 6:23 PM CST
Rain??? Sun is starting to come out by noon here...some days.
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 15, 2015 6:33 PM CST

Moderator

Wood from old Blueberry bushes is very stable. I mounted my Rhyncholaelia digbyana on a good piece of that some years ago, roots attached very nicely.
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 15, 2015 6:52 PM CST
I still like cork.

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
Jun 15, 2015 6:56 PM CST
Around here Grape vine seems to be popular, but the division of Gerberara that I mounted on my lemon tree seems to love it. Not very interesting though, and can't be removed.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
Image
drdawg
Jun 15, 2015 8:15 PM CST
I agree, Jim, cork is the hands-down best mounting material I have ever used. I got a batch of CA grape-vine about 3-4 years ago (my wife is a CA gal and has family there - I had a source). I have been very disappointed in those vine mounts. Most have rotted at least some. I won't use any more of them. If someone wants grape vine I will be glad to ship what I have for the postage.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url]
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
[Last edited by drdawg - Jun 16, 2015 5:47 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #880228 (16)
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: Florida Tropicals Xeriscape
Image
karmatree
Jun 16, 2015 5:09 AM CST
YEs, the driftwood has to be properly treated. I use a pressure washer. Most of the driftwood I find is cedar, and when you pressure wash it, it turns red. I pressure wash all of it regardless of type because it reveals a lot of interesting patterns under all that accumulated mucky stuff. Then I let it dry in the sun and I hose it down again or let the rains take care of it for a week or so. Seems to have worked out OK so far.
"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy." - Rumer Godden

« 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'"