Orchids forum: Introductions, please!

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
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boojum
Mar 26, 2010 9:34 AM CST
Janice,
I just want to thank you for your enthusiasm and for sharing it with us!! Very glad you have joined us. Keep on growing!
Kathy
Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)
Morning Glories Adeniums Region: Delaware Salvias Composter Container Gardener
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America
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Gerris2
Aug 6, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Hi everyone,

My name is Joseph, and I am a big fan of orchids. I marvel at the diversity of flower form and color in this plant group. I have a bunch of photos I can add to the database which I have taken at Longwood Gardens, but need guidance on how to identify the plant since most of them are hybrids. I have the name of each one as identified by Longwood staff, just need advice on presentation of the name.

Here is a beauty that had all visitors oooohing and aaaahing, Miltonia g. Andy Easton 'Mount Cuba' (I am a big fan of Miltonia).

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 7, 2010 9:16 AM CST

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Hi, Joseph! Good to meet you! Smiling
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Aug 7, 2010 4:48 PM CST
Welcome aboard Joseph! Smiling
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids
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sugarcane
Aug 7, 2010 5:12 PM CST
Hi Joseph! I can't wait to see more of your beautiful photography!
lindsey
Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)
Morning Glories Adeniums Region: Delaware Salvias Composter Container Gardener
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America
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Gerris2
Aug 7, 2010 5:23 PM CST
Thank you for the warm welcome, Ursula, Carol and Lindsey! I will be sure to contribute all of the photos I have taken in my trips to Longwood Gardens' Orchid Room.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Aug 7, 2010 6:29 PM CST
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Name: Mike Quinn
Danielsville, Ga.
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mqiq77
Aug 24, 2010 5:25 PM CST
Hi folks, I'll be watching, and reading your post, and trying to let some of this in through osmosis. So far, I have been growing orchids for the last five years. MikeThumb of 2010-08-24/mqiq77/46f3a1
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Aug 24, 2010 6:14 PM CST
They look great and so does your kitty. Welcome again,Mike. Jump in and show us pics anytime you want!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Fruit Growers Adeniums Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania
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Ursula
Aug 24, 2010 8:11 PM CST

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Yes, and cute Kitty!
Name: Bill
New Windsor, NY (Zone 6b)
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billc
Jan 22, 2011 3:18 PM CST
Hello everyone, My name is Bill and I've been growing orchids with varying sucess since 1975. My comfort zone is phals and paphs with a few different species over the years. I currently have about 30 plants. I grow them mostly in an unheated basement under lights(T5's) on shelving units wrapped with plastic to heat and maintain humidity. When they come into bloom, my wife allows them to come upstairs for a while.
I found this site because of my GPS. I was going to J&L Orchids in Easton CT for their annual sale.(20% off- I couldn't resist). I was following the voice and obediently making all the turns when I came to a dead end. I turned around to go back to the main road and I see a car with Mass. plates stopped. I figured these people must have the same voice directing them, so I get out of my car and sure enough they are going to J&L also. When we finally get to J&L(there are 2 Sherwood Rds in Easton) I meet Kathy and she gives me this website. So, here I am.
Here's 2 of my recent blooms:

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Bill
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids
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sugarcane
Jan 22, 2011 4:47 PM CST
How lucky for you Bill! Everything happens for a reason...welcome to our little paradise !
lindsey
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jan 22, 2011 5:25 PM CST
Bill, welcome!!! It was fate!
I love that you grow under lights and can advise others about this. I know nothing about using lights but I may add lights next winter for my north light cool growing orchids. So I may have some questions for you! I'm also impressed that you've been growing since 1975! Nice pics!
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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bree
Jan 22, 2011 6:23 PM CST
hi bill what paphs do you have? i love them there my fav. orchids.
Name: Bill
New Windsor, NY (Zone 6b)
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billc
Jan 22, 2011 7:10 PM CST
Thanks for the warm welcome.
Bree, I mainly have strap leaf multi florals. Roth, St Swithin, wilheminiae, dianathum, Michael Koopwitz(my favorite), Mt Low and probably 1 or 2 more that escape me.
Here's a pic of MK in bloom last year.
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I've had several mottled leaf paphs, but I keep killing them. I think I water too much. Confused I really like the patterns on their leaves.

Bill
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jan 22, 2011 7:45 PM CST
Bill that is glorious. I'm always attracted to those St Swithin types but I have such low bloom so far on what I have, that I never dared.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Orchids
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sugarcane
Jan 22, 2011 7:50 PM CST
Bill has that been photo shopped ?
(only kidding!) that's an amazing picture!
lindsey
Name: Bill
New Windsor, NY (Zone 6b)
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billc
Jan 23, 2011 3:09 AM CST
Lindsey, The sky was a perfect color that day and the sun just happened to be positioned in a good place. My photographic skills are non existant. I have a little point and shoot camera and anything that comes out looking good is pure luck.
Kathy, try giving your 'St Within types' more light. I put mine outside in dappled sunlight in the summer. I have some locust trees in the back yard that somewhat shade where I keep the paphs. They can take a lot more light then you would think if you gradually introduce them to it.

Bill
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Region: Australia Bromeliad Plant and/or Seed Trader Ponds Orchids
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bree
Jan 23, 2011 3:19 AM CST
Love it bill. Heres my Helvetia thats now one got one flower left but another bud which may open.Thumb of 2011-01-23/bree/33349e
(as you can see i can't pics as good as bill)
Name: Bill
New Windsor, NY (Zone 6b)
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billc
Jan 23, 2011 3:30 AM CST
Nice, Bree. Helvetia is Paph. chamberlainianum X philippinense (I just looked it up) and I think the philippinense parent is where the neat twisty petals you have come from.

Bill

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