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Lindsey
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Orchids of June 2016

There's been an explosion of blooms on my bench already this month...

This is a first time to bloom plant...it's a window sill size plant with quite large flowers.

Blooming for the 2nd time this year, with a few buds. Grt. Why Not

first time to bloom for me  Myrm. tibiana

 

First time to bloom B. nodosa 'Mas Mejor' x nodosa 'Remar'

One of my favorites...blooming for the second time this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

faybill
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Really like the Rlc Lindsey

Melbourne, Australia

coolmanj
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Man Ill say you have an explosion!!!! Reall like the little red one with all the buds and the Myrm tibiana sure looks like a Schomberkia that I had but it got to big so I had to  gave it away. Not much happen around here I do have a Haraella retrocalla in bloom (about the size of a nickle) and a few look like they want to spike.

 

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

kathy
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Oh man! I didn't even notice the new month! I guess that means I'm too busy. Thank you Lindsey! We came from May Orchids: http://www.crazyorchidlady.com/content/orchids-may-2016

And wonderful photos to boot! I remember when you first came back to land and you had a small collection waiting at your sister's and now your orchids are always happily in bloom in a rainbow of color (which means you must have quite a few!)

Jim, I love your Haraella retrocalla. I had one years ago. Makes me want another.

Western Massachusetts, USA

kathy
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I have been trying to move my orchids outside but the torrential rains today put a damper (haha) on that project. I am so behind!

Western Massachusetts, USA

coolmanj
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No rain here first time this year 38c, 100f under the sun deck thank god for A/C!!

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

kathy
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Hmmmm. That doesn't sound very Canadian!

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coolmanj
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We broke record's 2 day in a row. Not today though only 34c, 93f!!

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Lindsey
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We are 'enjoying' a deep soaking rain compliments of Tropical Storm Colin...our first one of the season. I've brought all the plants that are in flower or bud into the house , and jammed everyone else together on the bench with the lifelines up!  Once the system passes Ill have to spread them all out before fungus attacks..

 Kathy, I 'think' my collection has doubled since August when I got off the boat...it's somewhere around 160 plants now. I have a great App on my Iphone called 'Orchid Album'  and I can easily scroll through the thumbnails and see that I need more white's...more semi alba's..and a few more dark purples. My goal is to have 4 or 5 blooming every month.  I looked at the clear tarp links you gave me and did not like the prices...I've bought a roll of 6mm ( heavy duty ) clear plastic..a grommet kit..and I'm looking for something like reinforced tape so the grommets will not rip through the plastic. I still havent done the engineering on how I'm going to deploy it over the bench...without moving them up against the house. I may have to have my handy man come and take a look...

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

coolmanj
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Lindsey.    Just wondering how things are going?? I have been watching the news and it doesn't look very good in your neck of the woods. Hope things are ok.  Jim

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kathy
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I was wondering the same. Maybe she has no power to answer.

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Lindsey
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It was a non event here!

we had just under 6" of rain in a 24 hour period, with periods of light breeze. Areas closer to the coast had flooding.. But they always do!

i got all the plants re spaced on the bench yesterday, and found 3 more pots in spike with buds for flowers later this month!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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You go girl! I love non events! Very little in bloom here. Hope to finish my debugging today and I don't mean computers!

Here is what is going on.

 

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Lindsey
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Wow!  a massive undertaking!  Do I see some ALEVE in your future?

We are getting another tropical soaking rain at the moment...my new sod is in heaven  ...as is my water bill!

This beauty opened the first of 3 spikes this morning.

Bc. Richard Young 'Carriad's Collette'

and I couldnt resist this 'Chorus Line' shot looking down the bench..

 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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Wonderful! Your orchids look excellent!

Actually it was the three hours of gardening yesterday that made my PT cringe today!  

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Lindsey
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Gardening will do that to you!  It's amazing how many muscles get pulled while you are in the 'zone'!

I am thrilled with the conditions I inherited out back on my patio...my Mom had planted a few trees..which I have been cursing since I got here because all of them are really messy...year round! Initially, I thought I would have to cut them down just to increase the light on the benches..but most all the plants are happy campers. There's a couple that are more sensitive and got burned a few weeks back..so they are now on the bottom shelf..but the color of the leaves on everyone else is good and it's reflected in the number of plants blooming as well.  One of my NOIDs that had been in foster care while I was out sailing has 3 buds on it..it'll be the first time for it to bloom. Fingers crossed that I can ID it from my old records.

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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That's great about the light! And your budded plant! I hope I can help ID it.

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faybill
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Three more cyms starting to flower

Melbourne, Australia

Lindsey
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Beautiful Bill,..I love the way they drape over the pot..so graceful and elegant!  

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

faybill
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Thanks Lindsey I have lots of pendulous cymbidiums, range from the miniature size right through to standard size flowers.

Melbourne, Australia

faybill
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Another cymbidium opening today.

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kathy
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Oh wow! Love that last one! Love them, my favorite orchids.

My cyms were under mesh shade cloth and many burnt their leaves. Guess I'll have to do some major trimming! They also have tiny white scale. They are in the dog yard so I can't use harsh sprays. Any ideas?

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faybill
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White oil is not as effective, but will control the scale if you persevere and is not toxic for cricket.

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kathy
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What is white oil, Bill and how do you apply it?

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faybill
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Kathy,

White oil is available in Nurseries and hardware stores here. It is a vegetable oil and detergent mix sprayed onto both sides of the leaves.

Recipe for home brew is:

 2 cups vegetable oil, 1/2 cup dish washing liquid mixed thouroughly as concentrate. Will store for about 3 months.

To use mix 2 teaspoons into a litre of water and spray onto both sides of the leaves. It may take a couple of applications about 2 weeks apart.

It works by blocking the breathing pores on aphids, scale and the likes.best sprayed in the cooler part of the day, can cause leaf burn if direct hot sun hits.

I found several references to white oil on google.

Hope this helps. 

Melbourne, Australia

kathy
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Thanks Bill!

Western Massachusetts, USA

coolmanj
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Linsey  Glade you made it through the "non event" in good shape and your "Chorus Line" looks great.

Kathy   I to have to admit look's like you have your work cut out for you. Do you put all your orchids outside in summer? 

Bill  Sure like you cym's the colour's are great sure hope the Epson salt works for me like it does for you. I started to use it last week. Question    Do you ever give you orchids a straight water flush if so how often? 

 

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

faybill
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Jim I know many people use a flush to afvantage but its not a practice that I follow.

Melbourne, Australia

Lindsey
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I went to my local home improvement store yesterday looking for patio paver stones. I did

not find the ones I was hoping for...but in another department...I found this!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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Oh wow! Love the white edge on the lip and of course what a great color combo!

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coolmanj
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Lindsey.   Lucky you and I bet it was $5.00.  I went to Home Hardware today to pick up the rest of my shower and all I got was free popcorn. Lol

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

kathy
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Hahaha. The garden has exploded this week! Next week is cool so the flowers will continue to be gorgeous. Very few orchids in bloom. http://www.crazyorchidlady.com/comment/11411#comment-11411

Poor baby got stuck in the sheath and I didn't notice. Twisted stem.

Today is our orchid society picnic in VT.

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Kathy, one of the members on the Florida Orchid Growers FB page commented on my photo... saying while it was a gorgeous photo of a beautiful flower..the flower was NOT C. Canhamiana var.coerulea 'Azure Skies'  he added this photo to illustrate..

 

and here is my photo again

any thoughts on what mine could be..if it's not 'Azure Skies'?

Jim, Hahahaha...no it wasnt $5.00  ...it was $24. because it was in one of those very

fancy $15. ceramic pots!

Kathy have a great time at the picknick!

 

 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

faybill
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Another cymbidium coming into flower. I grow this oldie because I particularly like the colour combination.

Melbourne, Australia

Lindsey
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It's a beauty, Bill!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

kathy
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OO! Love that!

No idea Lindsey. Didn't think it was a species Catt! This is the closest I found in OrchidWiz. Photo by P. Nguyen. C. Britannia (C. Camhamiana x C.  warscewiczii) but no flaring!

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Lindsey
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Thanks Kathy, the 'experts' on the Florida orchid growers FB page have agreed that it now loois like it's supposed to... Lessons learned... Don't take or post the portrait for a few days, so the flowers can mature 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

faybill
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A few more today.

Melbourne, Australia

kathy
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Very exciting at Bill's!! I'll be right over! 

Big news! We have a verbal agreement on the house! I am moving in August. I may disappear here and there!

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Lindsey
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Oh what good news !  I know you are relieved!

I wish I lived closer, I would help you pack and move.

But instead, I will share this with you...

This is one of my original plants that went to foster care in Miami for a few

years..It bloomed for me this past December and now again with two spikes!

Blc. Rustic Spots 'H & R'

 

 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

faybill
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Nice Lindsey.

Melbourne, Australia

coolmanj
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Congrats on the sale Kathy you have been looking foward to this for a long time.

 

Sweet looking Blc rustic spots Lindsey and to get it to bloom a second time so soon nice.

 

Bill  Really like the Bulbo rothschildianum I have one had it for about 3 years and can't seem to get it to bloom. It seem to only grow 1 new growth a year not like the rest of my Bulbo's.  Any good tips on blooming it??. Do you have it potted or mounted?

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faybill
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Jim I grow the rothschildianum potted in small pine barkin a very shallow pot. The pot is sitting in a saucer and kept in my warm house min temp 12 c and max can get up to 40 c at times.

Melbourne, Australia

coolmanj
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Tks  Bill think I might repot in smaller pot and see what happens.  Tks again I will let you know what happens.

western Canada Kamloops B.C.

faybill
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First flower open on another very old cymbidium. Rosefieldense

Melbourne, Australia

Lindsey
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Love all the freckles on that one Bill!

This just opened for me this morning ...Blc. Copper Queen

This is one of my favorites..as the flower ages, the petals turn bright 

yellow..when there are multiple spikes it's a riot of color!

 

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

faybill
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sounds good please post it again when the colour changes.

Melbourne, Australia

Lindsey
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The second spike on my Copper Queen opened today.. You can see how yellow the first blooms have turned!

Lindsey near Tampa, Florida

jms54
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Hi everyone...These are some AWESOME beauties!  Here is just a few of mine in bloom.  I have started back growing orchids.  The first time I started was the early 80s.  Living in Middle GA. our winters can not be pretty sometime.  It decided to come an ice storm one night and knocked out the power every where including my green house heater and I lost everything.  Then life happened, got married, two beautiful choldren.  Now that they are old enough ( 25 yrs old and 19 yr. old), I have started back.  Most of my stuff is still seedlings about a year to 2 years from blooming.  So, enjoy.  Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

faybill
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Welcome back Mike, watch out though everybody that I know who reurned to growing finished up with much larger collections. We are heading into our peak cymbidium time here.

Melbourne, Australia

kathy
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Welcome Mike! It's great to see what you are growing! Love the Tolumnia! Never can keep them for long here. It's so great that you have returned to orchid growing!

Western Massachusetts, USA

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