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This is a discussion on You GUYS/GALS are GREAT within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am still chuckling after reading all the welcome postings to me. I do feel ...
I am still chuckling after reading all the welcome postings to me. I do feel welcome and believe or not, I really enjoy everyone's individualities from reading your posts over the past year (especially you Dianne for all your great tips). From comments of family members and friends regarding my orchid habits, they think I'm way off in left field somewhere. SO I figured this is a place for me to be. You try to figure me out. Here are some hints....
1/ I feel so guilty. When I go to work, almost half of my time is spent looking at exotic orchids picks and my orchid bids on _______________. (But I make up for it by working twice as fast, truly).
2/ I talk orchids (pretty much non stop) to all of my guests coming over to my house even though they are ignoring me.
3/ My lunch hour is spent at _________________ to look at their orchids because they get new deliveries every 2-3 days.
4/ Always try my luck at ________or ___________ on my way home from work for fresh deliveries. They actually have breeding tags now.
5/ Was first obsessed with BLUE, now it's red. Starting to build a red gallery with what I have and can get. Will post some pics when it's ready.
6/ Can stay up all night working on orchid stuff (potting materials, fertilizer, etc...) to get ready for the morning.
7/ Go to work late twice a week arriving by noon on watering days. (Start watering at 8:00am)
8/ The first time I saw a picture of a Paph. Kovachii or peruvianum, I dreamt about it that night. Can't believe I almost spent hundreds of $ reserving one plant for Spring of 2007. I think I'll wait a few years on that one. Really proud of myself for exerting self control (not as weak as I thought).
9/ In the very beginning, I'd loved them so much, I loved them to death...literally (with the watering of course).
That is how my day is spent. The week-end, I visit the local breeders in Northern Virginia. The rest of the time is spent reading your posts to learn new tips and tricks and looking at more orchid pics on the internet.
I THINK I AM LOOSING IT. I CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD. IT SEEMS LIKE THE BALANCE OF MY BEING IS BASED ON THE AMAZING COLORS THEY PUT OUT.
When nothing is in bloomed, I would say 'Yo, let there be some colors', and within 3 days, plants would arrived from Florida, Hawaii, CA, or anywhere my computer can reach and accept a VISA.
I am a motorcycle riding, skiing all winter, orchid addict kind of guy. I truly like to overwhelm my senses and the ORCHID does that for me.
I like to announce that I have overcame my phobia of Drendrobiums. I like to quote from a post I read earlier "ME + DEN = DEATH". It was like that for me too until a revelation set in. I tried potting them in everything...bark, coco. husk, even the new stuff _____________. I can't believe that straight lava rocks with light weekly feeding would work well for me in this regiment. Instead of shriveling away with it dead roots, it's putting out so much new white roots. When I saw a Den. I've been neglecting for a couple of months w/ 2 spikes and a knob sticking out of another cane, I screamed out loud and walked around the house with my arms held up high, like I hit the lottery. (I need to ID this one)
I am so glad I got all this orchid stuff off my chest. Hope someone can relate. Actually I know you can because I think you all are way out there too.
Thanks again everyone. Can't wait to read your replies. Feel like I made a whole bunch of new friends.
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Gee, you are indeed obsessed with orchids! So how many orchids that you have? BTW, it's phrag kovachii, not paph.
Hi A. Hoa,
If you think I'm obsessed with orchids, you should see me on skis (around 150 - 170 hrs. each winter season, every season).
I'm still caught in the middle between the skiing and the orchids. It's all magical to me, nevertheless.
Over the past year and a half, I have acquired about a hundred plants and unintentionally killed off around a dozen due to really bad orchid practices.
I have about 40 phals, 30 paphs/phrags, 5 Mtssa, 10 Onc Alliance (variations of Sharry Baby and the likes), 2 Brassia, 5 Den. and about 6 Tolumnias. I only have 4 plant species, Phal Stuartiana, Paph Lowii, and 2 Paph Delenati.
I really want to get more species plants but I figure I need to practice with the hybrids first.
Since my mother lives with me and she likes orchids, it's my number one excuse for buying them. Now looking back, oh my... I did give my mom a lot of plants.
I have so many pictures to show but I cannot upload them due to the high resolution of the pics. Can I rezize the my resolution with an image editor ??? Any suggestions ???
You can resize your photos, but how to do it will depend on the software you have. The forum limit for jpg's is 700 x 700 pixels.
What software would you use? (Can't wait to see the pics...)
I took these this morning with the lowest res. setting.
MORE Den questions. Please look at the 2 Den. pics with 2 new growths, each about an inch long. Are they flower spikes or are they keikis yet to be formed ???
PAPH question. It's my first Delenati. The bloom on the right is drying up starting at the very tip of the dorsal, slowly going downward. Is it a normal occurence for this species ?
I want to post more pics but I want to wait till tonight to get the lighting correct. Certain shades of red just don't come out right taken during the daytime.
Everything is so new to me. And when the plants re-bloom for the first time, the feelings of excitement/anticipation/joy/accomplishment/high levels of anxiety all wrap up into a single ball sitting in my gut (like being on a REALLY steep slope of the mountain looking down before the descent).
The feeling is great. It makes me smile all of the time.
Wait till tonight and I will try to put together something small but really cool to look at.
Need to find a slogan,
Trung,Originally Posted by work2ski
I so understand! You sound like mine kind of person!
I use to have difficulty sleeping when I got worked-up over something. Now I just imagine all of the orchids I want to have one-by-one, and it works so much better than counting sheep. I start my day with coffe in my sunroom, and end it with inspecting my orchids one last time before I go to bed. What a great life!
Last edited by Ania; April 12th, 2006 at 09:32 PM.
Nice lowii's! The dends look like keikeis to me, but I don't see roots, so they may just still be real babies. Better dend folk can chime in on that.
I'm not sure what that browning is on your delenati. I'll leave someone else to chime in on that as well. It doesn't look like typical flower kapooting, but I don't have a pure delenati. So I don't want to speculate.
That is a good life. I agree with you!!!
Well, the growths on the dend do look like keikis but I think it is still early to know for sure. They are a wee bit thin for keikis of this type.
Your paph lowii (?) is beautiful!
The paph delenatii, they look OK. The bloom might got bruised somehow, so those tissues were killed off by the plant. I saw another blemish on the pouch of that bloom. I take blooming orchids for exhibitions all the times in my car. During transportation, due to various reasons, the blooms got bruised and you would see those brown blotches on the blooms after a day or twos! But the blooms stay on for weeks after that. Now you guys know why we need vans or trucks to transport blooming orchids for shows! Another possibility is the air is too dry so part of the bloom starts to dry off first. Similarly, a veyr old bloom would do this as well as a way to stay in bloom for as long as possible! I have seen catts do this. The sepals dry out first, then the petals and finally the lip, but during the whole time, the column is still fine and the flower stays ready for pollination!
Hi Ania, Julie, A. Hoa,
Not what I wanted to hear on the Den., definitely not good. But all is well. I still wake up and go to bed seeing lots of color. Great info on the Paph, thanks A. hoa.
Ania, you are so right. I don't sleep much either and the orchids definitely give me something to do. Looking at my clock, it's now 3:11am and I have to be at work by 8:00am. That's about five hours from now and I am still sitting here typing and rambling about orchids. I truly need help.
Some of my pictures are posted on a new thread. Hope you like them.