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Orchids of April 2016

So here we are in April! New orchids are blooming with the change of season. I hope you will share your blooming orchids with all of us!

Here's a cattleya that just opened (without a tag but such a beauty) to start the month.

kathy
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We came from HERE.

Vanda lamellata v. boxalli going strong.

This used to be a Catt. Guatemalensis but I think it has reverted to a parent aurantiaca!

 

 

Western Massachusetts, USA

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So happy to see that the calendar says April in spite of the snow I see outside my window...orchid summer camp is just around the corner but the campers will have to be patient for a while longer since the forcast is for lows around 16 the next few days!  

 

If this one is as difficult to grow as I have heard, this may be the last time I see this bloom:

 

And 2 Masdevallias:

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Liz, I LOVE that Masd. Lollipop 'Pinky'...its just adorable!

I've got a new one open this week C. Olivia..This one was tagged C. intermedia alba 'Pine Knot'. I posted it on one of my local FB group pages and was very quickly corrected that  despite the tag, there is no such plant as 'Pine Knot'... I'm not finding much info on the web about C. Olivia..but one of the posters said that it was a cross done in  1897 ( I think!) between intermedia and trianae. By someone named Veitch.

Still looking great from January!

 and from last month,

 

 

This one has 3 spikes and the flowers all open pretty much in the same week.

They last for about 2 1/2 months...take a couple of weeks off then bloom again! 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

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Thanks, Lindsey.

 

C.Olivia is very elegant and classy, I can imagine it might be a venerable old cross.  I wonder if Vietch is the same one who has his name attached to several orchid species, like Masd. vietchiana.  

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Lindsey.   The Psycopsis is great wish I had one the one I have is the standard color not the yellow or Alba I think they call it. Any secrets in getting it to re bloom? I bought mine in spike and it had another spike both bloomed for 3-4 years than nothing for the last year. The C intermedia var Alba you said was not the rite name well I bought one quite a few years ago from Cloud's Orchids with the same name Pine Knot. I googled it and came up with it. C intermedia var Alba "Pine Knot" looks the same as yours.  Sad to say mine is in orchid hevan. Just thought I would say you mite be rite.  Jim

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

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Love the Comparettia macroplectron, Liz. And the C. Olivia, Lindsey. How big are those flowers?

All my Sarcos are now open. The Sarco. hartmannii is special because it's all white instead of the typical spotting.

Almost missed this Coelogyne ochracea. Love the fragrance!

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Another shot of the Leptotes Pohli-Tinoco.

Second spike on the Oberonia.

Teensy orange flower on the Platystele reflexa.

Out a window, our surprise April snow.

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LizM
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Your Coelogyne ochracea brings back bittersweet memories- I had one that looked great for several years, then I repotted it.  It kept getting smaller and smaller and now it is about 1.5 inches tall with only one growth.  I really liked it, so pretty and sweet smelling.  Maybe I will give up on it and buy a new healthy one.

 

I am disgusted with this snow and the forecast for 14 degrees Tuesday night.  

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kathy
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Definitely buy a new one! I do three times before giving up!

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kathy
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What a difference a day makes. And it isn't stopping.

 

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coolmanj
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Sure feel sorry for you our weather has been fantastic we have been 65-70 degree for the past week and half. Slight rain today but going up for the rest of the week.

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

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Yikes! I can't believe it is snowing and blowing that hard up in New England!  I was just reading about all the people that have lost power from trees blowing over...stay warm..stay safe!

Each flower on C. Olivia is about 6" diagonally...the whole inflorescence is about 11"..the plant is really tall..and at the moment in a really tiny pot!  It must have been a division.

I love your coelogyne ochracea...very cute face on that one!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

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Jim, regarding the Psychopsis.. I grow it in with my Catts.. But with a little more shade. The last one I had in NC always sulked when I moved it from the green house to the summer camp benches out side. This one seems happy ( knock on wood!)

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

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Pretty excited! I have had this plant for a year. Looked great when I got it. No marker but I knew it was from Andy's orchids. Anyway, the leaves kept dropping off and several times I thought it was a goner...until today. Andy didn't know the name when I got it but I see he has figured it out since. So here is Dendrobium capituliflorum in bloom! Wonderful red reverse on the leaves. Handsome all year!

 

Western Massachusetts, USA

kathy
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And more open today.

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Lindsey
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Don't you just love it when you can finally put a name to a pretty face!  That's awesome! One of my Lowe's 'bag babies' bloomed today for the first time..it even has 2 spikes!

Slc. Jewel Box 'Sheherazade'

I got incredibly lucky at my super market this afternoon. They carry a few Phals. from time to time, but today the associate was unpacking a box from Hawaii and I got not one...but TWO plants off my wish list...$14.99 each!

and wasn't it just last week that I was whining about my yellow Appleblossom?

blooming upside down...but that's totally OK!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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Oh you will love them both! $15 is great too. Slc. Jewel Box is a famous red. I used to have one but I don't think so anymore. It's a great find too.

Western Massachusetts, USA

coolmanj
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Here is my Paph lowii in full bloom there is 7 flowers and still 1bud to open. 

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

kathy
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Absolutely amazing, Jim!!! I do believe lowii is my favorite paph. None of mine are blooming although I am very excited to see my bud on Lynleigh Koopowitz!

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Lindsey
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that's a beauty Jim...and there are 7 blooms open at the same time????  call the Guiness book of records! Nicely done!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

coolmanj
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Can anyone tell me or show me a picture of a Bulbo miniature? I have googled and looked on safari (sometime they are different) and get 2 different pictures. One is a small flower the other is like a Elizabeath Anne Buckelberry only more red. I have a chance of getting one for $20.00 cdn but would like to know what it looks like. Ten Shin Orchids shows one picture and Orchid Works shows another.   Thanks.  Jim

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

kathy
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Is that the name, Jim? B. miniature? Not in the registry on OrchidWiz.

Oh you mean miniatum? The photo in OrchidWiz shows a fringed lip. Definitely cool! http://www.andysorchids.com/images/Species/7111med.jpg

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coolmanj
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Kathy.  My mistake it was miniatum some sites say it is the same as a Bulbo tingatarinum whitch is what I want but have a chance to buy a miniatum. Thank you for looking on the Orichid Wiz guess I will just have to leave it or take a chance. I have a month to decide. 

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

Lindsey
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This bloomed last October and here it is again.. Grt . Why Not

and fully bloomed Jfk. Appleblossom 'NN'

and Jfk. Appleblossom (pink)

 

 

 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

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In flower today. Cattleya Mini Purple 'Expo 84 Lea'

Melbourne, Australia

Lindsey
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What a sweet bloom!...Adorable!

First time to bloom for me... Pot. Edith North 'Danny Adams'  I bought a seedling of this in 2010..when it finally bloomed...I think it was you Kathy that let me know that the plant had been mis marked...I sent a note with photo to Kawamoto Orchids...Reid Kawamoto not only ID the plant Husky Boy 'Romeo'..but sent me a FREE replacement of Edith North it arrived the very next day ..he would not take the first plant back or accept any money from me to cover shipping...talk about great customer service! This plant looks to have bloomed for my sister, Candace, in Miami when she was a foster Mom to many of my orchids.

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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Oh very cool on the free replacement!

i'm at the NY Botanical Garden at the Orchid Show. Pictures to follow soon.

Western Massachusetts, USA

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LizM
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Beautiful bloom and a nice story of good customer service.  We might go to Hawaii in September, I will have to stop in and buy a souvenir to take home.  

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LizM
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Missed you at orchid club today, Kathy- the speaker was very good.  But I am looking forward to seeing your pictures of the NYBG show.  I went there last year.  

 

Here's a masdevallia that is blooming after years of no blooms- it was almost a casualty of repotting, but slowly clawed its way back to life.  

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Lindsey
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Liz, I have never seen such a beautiful masdevallia....love the colors on that!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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I agree. You may be our Masdie lady!

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LizM
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Thanks Lindsey and Kathy.... I would be lying if I said I was not proud of my little masdies!

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Lindsey
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Every orchid site needs a good masdi lady! Tell me how you grow them Liz...I'm unfamiliar with the entire family. I've got a couple more blooms today. ... Lc. Tropical Pointer 'Cheetah' JM/JOGA

and this plant spent a few years at my sisters house and came back without her tag. The flower doesnt seem to match any of my previous blooms or any of the seedlings in my journal...I know it's a long shot...but does it look familar to anyone? It's not quite fully open (I know...I'm impatient!!!) Thanks in advance for any leads!

 

 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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Could it be one of the Mari's? Nor Mari's Song but another. I see walkeriana and loddigesii in the background. The lip looks like an encyclia....

Western Massachusetts, USA

Lindsey
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I just don't know...I bought quite a few plants from H & R as well as Kawamoto...maybe when it opens up more, we will have a better idea.

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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You could always send a photo to both of them and see who recognizes it.

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Lindsey
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Here it is today.

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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Getting prettier!

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Lindsey
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I did send emails to both H & R and Kawamoto...

Reid Kawamoto answered right away that he thought it might be a C. Hawaiian variable...

a name that rings NO bells!  One of the folks on my Florida Orchid Growers FB page thought it might be related to Penny Kudera (sp?) which DOES ring bells...but this is totally without spots..except on the back of the petals..where there are some slight purple freckles...

I cant imagine that I would have ordered something as special as Penny K and not gotten it into my journal...so this one will probably be known from now on as NOID 7

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

faybill
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In flower today

 

 

Melbourne, Australia

coolmanj
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Boy has there been a lot of nice orchids lately. From Bill's Cattleya and Miltonia, Lindsey's cattleya's and the jfk apple blossom to Liz's masdie by the way you are the masdie lady. I really wished I could grow them BUT it's just not happin. Here my contribution for today the Hershey kiss flower Ansistrochilus rothschildanus and a Phrag mini Grande.

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

kathy
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So pretty Jim! Looks like I've lost my Ancistrochilus rothschildianus! No growth came back. I'm sad about that. 

Lindsey, sorry to hear you are not able to figure out a name for your orchid!

Today both Iwanagara Apple Blossoms are in bloom. Fun to compare.

Some Phrags and a mini Dendrobium.

 

Western Massachusetts, USA

faybill
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Love the Dendrobium.

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kathy
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Thanks Bill!

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Lindsey
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Bill, I love your clowesii...great markings and colors on that one!

Jim, I envy you and your Phrag and Paph collection...I've never tried Phrags but every Paph I've owned committed suicide...very tragic.

Kathy, your Apple Blossoms are beautiful...love especially the 'Fantistic'...I did not realize how fragrant they are and the blooms are lasting a long time for me.  'St. Peter ' is stunning!

and I'm still not able to put a name to this pretty face....sigh.

 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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Wow! So gorgeous!

i had a surprise in one of my Sarcochilus group today. The second spike appears to be a separate plant and a beauty! Here they are all together.

Here is the surprise up close.

And with its pot mate.

Here is my last cymbidium to open. It's small but powerful! One parent is pumilum.

Western Massachusetts, USA

coolmanj
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Lindsey  That no name Cattleya is fantastic love the color. Looks like it smells sweet. You should try a Phrag they are very easy to grow that is why I grow them especially under litres. I did grow a lot of Cattleya when I first started but they just got to big and needed a lot of lite. I still have 5-6 left. 

Kathy those Sarco look great I have a very small one only had it a year got it from a flask that the club opened but air least it is still alive. What do you grow yours in. Of coarse I like the 2 Phrag's you have and have them on my list. I just purchased a Phrag fischeri and a wallisii and now I am on the hunt for a Phrag Dick Clements. One of my friends has one so I am trying to get him to split it but that is like pulling teeth with a pair of plier!! Here is my Paph for today Paph Judge Pillips.

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coolmanj
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Some from our April show table.

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kathy
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Lovely spring blooms at you club! Paphiopedilums Judge Phillips is a lovely color combo. So pretty! I will keep an eye out for Dick Clements. Actually this is unusually low priced for Orchids Limited. https://www.orchidweb.com/products/phrag-mem-dick-clements~2611.html

The Sarcos are in small bark and perlite. They came that way as seedlings from Fred Clarke http://www.sunsetvalleyorchids.com/htm/offerings_other_orchids.html Scroll down for info and Sarcos he sells. I grow them outside in summer and in min. 50 degrees F in winter (10 degrees C) with my cyms, lycastes, aussie dens and sophronitis cattleya hybrids. This year, I misted a bit and watered once a week, like a potted phal. I also aimed a fan at them and had them sitting over a casserole dish of water. They really did a lot better than usual. They don't like to stay wet.

Lindsey, I do much better with phrags than paphs. They tolerate a lot more light for one thing. Maybe you should try one.

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coolmanj
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Kathy. Thanks for the info on the Sarcos I think I will try and repot and see what happens As for the Dick Clements that is a very good price but for me to order from the US the paper work is outrageos and I think I need a import licence. 

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