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Oct 25, 2012 3:54 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Grumbling So my precious spike I'd waited 3 years for on Odbrs mem Nikoline Lorentzen 'Marz Starz' got broken off in a night raid by a gang of 4 raccoons inside the pool cage 2 nights ago. Still hoping the remaining bit of the spike might branch and give me a flower or two . . .. Shrug! What can you do?
Elaine

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Oct 25, 2012 5:16 PM CST
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Raccoons? Yikes!!
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Oct 25, 2012 5:46 PM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Did they get in through a doggie door?

Jim
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Nov 1, 2012 2:17 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Yes, cat door, but same thing. One cat door comes in through the screen, then the second one goes into our bedroom. Luckily they've never come into the house . . . the cat defends her door stoutly, and it makes enough noise that I wake up. But these raids always happen when we're on the verge of leaving town, so we replaced that door this week with a fancy one that 'reads' the microchip on the cat.

To be fair, the raccoons are around all the time, but they only come into the cage when there's something that smells good in there, like a big, fragrant Cattleya, or in this case my Brugmansia Charles Grimaldi was in full bloom and perfuming the whole neighborhood. Used to come in after drinking water when the weather got dry, but I leave water around the yard now for them to drink. (c/w mosquito dunks so we're not breeding skeeters) In winter I catch the overflow from my Earth Boxes and even the cat drinks that water.

Come to think of it, my Blc. Chia Lin is about to burst, so I'd better place it outside the cage for our trip!
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The raccoon door
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Elaine

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Nov 3, 2012 7:22 AM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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I'm fighting a hole digging armadillo now. I'll get him, it's just a matter of time.

Jim
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Nov 3, 2012 7:30 AM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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You are serious? That is almost funny!
I was always wondering when one of the numerous groundhogs here would tunnel into the cage. So far it hasn't happened.
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Nov 3, 2012 11:24 AM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Yes, I'm serious. Houses here are built on concrete slabs. When an armadilo tunnels under the slab, he breaks the the chemical termite barrier that you pay to have put down around and under the house. That can be a very bad thing.

Jim
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Nov 3, 2012 11:39 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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A silhouette of something getting ready to come out from one of my paphs..hoping it will be a bloom!

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Nov 4, 2012 2:47 AM CST
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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Lovey dubby ohhh armadillo's are soooo cute though.
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Nov 25, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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That's such a cool picture, Tarev! Bree, armadillos are funny little things, for sure, but they are dumb as a rock. In Texas they are known as "Texas speed bumps" because they never seem to learn not to cross the roads . . . on the up side, they do eat insects which is always a good thing here in Florida, home of every insect on the planet.

I have a couple of things causing "anticipation" anxiety. One of my IKEA phals that dropped all its flowers when I brought it home, and has sulked ever since, now has a tiny spike showing!


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And another "replay" of my NOID brassavola now ready to open its third set of flowers since I got it just over a year ago! The flowers open with rosy petals the color of the buds, and a white lip, then the flower mellows into yellow lip and orange petals.


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Elaine

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Nov 25, 2012 2:52 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Lovey dubby Lovey dubby seeing the spikes! Good growing!
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Jan 22, 2013 8:36 AM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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These Phaius drive me crazy, they take so long to open!
Phaius tankervilleae with 5 fat spikes, some already over 2ft. tall.
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And my mysterious Phaius Microburst that was supposed to be 'Wild Thing' but is not. 4 spikes breaking loose . . .. argghh. Cool weather will just delay them more, too.
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Funny little Monk's orchids sneaked up on me with 2 spikes full of buds. They are confused with the weather, too. Should have finished blooming in the fall, I think.
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Plus lots of spikes growing on my funny little Phals and a tiny Paph that will most likely never bloom, but has really pretty leaves.

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Elaine

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Jan 22, 2013 4:34 PM CST
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Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Looking good! :thumbsup:
I love the variegated Phal! The Phaius should be a nice show soon!
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Feb 1, 2013 11:45 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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My Wils. Hilda PlumTree 'Purple Wings' is starting to grow its flower spike:
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A noid Phal rebloomer in the works:
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A noid odontoglossum hybrid also with a flower spike, almost gave up on this one, apparently likes being cold:
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Feb 1, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Very nice, Tarev. I'm looking forward to some bloom pics soon.

Jim
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Feb 1, 2013 6:41 PM CST
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Name: Ursula
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Thumbs up Always a good thing!
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Feb 9, 2013 9:47 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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My big Rhyn. David Sander has 3 or 4 new shoots. Could any of them be a flower? I've had this one for nearly 2 years, and it looks healthy, grows new leaves . .
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Nun's Orchids just prolonging the agony - they could be another month at the rate they're going. Arg.

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Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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Feb 10, 2013 6:37 AM CST
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Birds Master Gardener: Florida Hibiscus Greenhouse Charter ATP Member Garden Photography
Bromeliad Region: Florida Orchids Roses Tropicals Region: United States of America
I'm right there with you, Elaine. My Phaius orchids are all in bud as well while I sit here tapping my fingers.

Jim
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Feb 10, 2013 2:09 PM CST
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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I cant see David saunders clear but i think there new growths. I love Phaius!
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Feb 10, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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I'm afraid you're right, Bree. That David Sander plant is going to aggravate me with no flowers for another year.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill

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