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My Three Day Orchid Bender

This is a discussion on My Three Day Orchid Bender within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The day before our orchid club sale, I picked out only 2 new orchids for ...

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    Talking My Three Day Orchid Bender

    The day before our orchid club sale, I picked out only 2 new orchids for myself as we were setting up. My first vanda:
    Ascda. Peggy Foo 'Pink' x Vasco. Tham Yuen Hae 'Blue Queen'


    Her roots alone are over 20 inches long!




    And my first Encyclia, a big near-specimen in a 4 inch pot with 6 spikes. The tag says "Enc. cordigerua x Nursery Rhyme". Not quite sure if it IS Enc. Nursery Rhyme (a cordigera cross) or if it's Nursery Rhyme crossed back again on cordigera. but I don't care, cuz I like it.




    I was buzzing with excitement when I got home, I couldn't wait to properly stage them-just grabbed my camera to take pictures, mindless of the dried blossoms and the calendar and the laundry detergent.

    The next day, helping out at the sale, I knew I would be taking home my first Paph. I couldn't decide which to get and they were all in tight bud. What if I picked one and didn't love it?What if I killed it and had to wait til our fall sale to try paphs again? I had to choose 2 just to cover my bases. Paph Magic Leopard x Paph callosum should be opening soon. Paph. callosum 'Hilo Fire' AM/AOS x Paph. Hilo Ruby 'Winery' might take a little longer.

    Right in the middle of the sale while we were very busy, a lady came in with a sad looking Milt on a pile of stones in a gaudy red pot, the whole thing about half full of water. She asked for the club president, but he was up to his eyeballs in the checkout line. She didn't want advice, she wasn't looking for a replacement, she just handed the whole works to me and said to give it to Jim and tell him she was sorry it looked that way but that her husband was sick and she didn't have time to care for it.

    It had been happy in her care at one time. There were three young growths since she bought it at last fall's club sale and the pbulbs were in reasonably good shape. But it was obviously drowning. Jim told me to take it home. The newer pbulbs were already trying to push out new roots.
    Milt. Andrea West 'Wild Wild West'


    As we were closing up, a specimen size Miltdm. Rosy Sunset caught my nose (heavenly!) and then my eye. It made 3 more orchids than I was planning to go home with that day.



    The last day of the sale, I was not buying anymore orchids! Until one of the other big Ascocendas kept perfuming the room whenever anyone walked by it. I knew I wouldn't have room for another giant hanging basket and one of the other members wanted that one, so I turned my nose on the mini-vanda tray and felt a craving for grape Skittles candy. Into my basket lept Rhynco. Colmarie. Looks & smells like a juicy black grape:


    Towards the end of the sale, business was slow and we were futzing as orchid people tend to do, rearranging pots, pruning dried blossoms.

    I spotted a spike with lots of tight buds and one dried out bloom. "This looks like Encyclia cochleata!" I exclaimed.

    "Don't you mean Prosthechea?" someone asked.

    "Nope, the tag says 'Epi. Green Hornet'," added another.

    And with that exchange, my last impulse control brain cell succumbed.

    Orchid Collection: +8
    Me: Hopeless

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    Hmmmm........admit it. You are addicted!

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    Sounds like you had an exciting day! I hope your new orchids reword you with lots of flowers! I have Epi. Green Hornet, it has fascinating flowers and it is easy to grow. You made the right decision.

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    Kassie--

    Don't feel badly...At our OS show in early April I worked Fri-Sun, and acquired 27 plants, sold 2 = +25 total.

    Of course, many of mine were small, bareroot, "deals" from members sale table, one was even a gift (from Betty). Only a few in bloom or spike., so the bill wasn't all that bad, but still...talk about your total loss of rational thought...it just went out the window!!!

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    O.K., You definitely are intoxicated, but at least you could drive home and there is no headache or nausea that I know of associated with orchid acquisition. Remember it is all in the name of beauty. No point seeing a doctor for this condition.......he would only tell you to take two orchids and call him in the morning. Actually Trish I love everything you got and a nice freebie to boot! I enjoyed your story and never realized a orchid show could be this much fun. AL

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    Admitted. Completely. "Hi, my name is Trish and I am an orchidholic."

    So does the hybrid Epi. Green Hornet still exist? On IOSPE it lists Epi. lancifolium as a synonym for Enc/Pros. cochleata, I just figured they had been melded during one of the reclassifications and we argued about it a while until the brain damage occurred and I decided buying it would end the discussion.

    Kathi: 25??Now that's a 3 day bender! Dude, so when did work begin on your new greenhouse? lol Congratulations! <runs off to read Kathi's growlist>

    Al, I had to drive ever-so-carefully home since Peggy was dangling precariously from the drycleaning hook in the back seat of my car. Thanks, I did have fun.

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    Those are super buys Trish!!! I can feel your excitement even over here.

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    Looks like you had a great time. Nice buys. I brought home a dozen from my first show! You didn't do too bad.

    Al, the comment about the doctor cracked me up. My MIL got her first orchid because she always saw these beautiful flowers in bloom on her doctor's desk. She got me started. So, I guess that perscription has been filled (repeatedly!!!)

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    Great haul Trish...wow very healthy plants.

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    Looks like I need to add a 'LOVE' button - because I love reading your story. haha... Congratulations on the new additions. I hope you have more blooms than you hope for from them every time!!

    Cheers,
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