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I FOUND BLC DAYBREAK!!!!!

This is a discussion on I FOUND BLC DAYBREAK!!!!! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So, this is a different project than this one? http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...o-journey.html...

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    So, this is a different project than this one?

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...o-journey.html

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    Yes, Steven.

    The one you cite is my personal exploration into breeding orchids. There was no history. I had both plants in bloom last spring, saw the cross wasn't registered, and went on a new adventure.

    The remake of my sister's cross, named after my grandmother, is so much larger than just me. Diane and Hoa have been tremendous contriubutors to something I couldn't do alone. It has become a forum project, for which I'll always be grateful. And it's not just about me. My sister made the cross and named it after my grandmother. And she lost her plants in Katrina. This is more about her than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertgal View Post
    Amazing project! As a grandmother I would be so thrilled if one of my grandchildren cared enough to take on this project.
    Katie
    Katie,

    Sometimes grandmothers don't realize how deeply they touch the lives of their grandchildren, until it's too late for us to tell them. Let this be just an example of what I'm sure your grandchildren feel towards you, but may not yet have the words to express!

    Julie

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    Lisa, my older sister in Mississippi, and I don't speak that often; and it's been very difficult since she lost her home in Katrina, because she hasn't been in her house and is only reachable by cell phone very unreliable down there.

    I tried calling her last night to give her the Daybreak breeding news, but could only leave a message. I just called her now and got through. She's moved back into her house after spending 17 months between a FEMA trailer, a friend's parent's couch, and a WWII troop ship that her employer, Northrop Grumman, made available for employee housing down there. The house isn't fully liveable, but it's enough for now and she's impatient to be home.

    She's thrilled about the remake of her cross. She was so touched to hear that strangers would care so much to do this.

    She lost all of her magnificent orchids in the hurricane; some of which had been my grandmother's dating back to 1985. She was asking, without really asking, if I might have any for her. She wants to rebuild a modest collection, but for the moment, all of her income is still going to pay for house repair; to pay for the things insurance should have covered, but didn't.

    There's been no room in her life, this last year and a half, for self indulgence. And there still isn't. But at least in her own space, she has room for plants.

    I'm so thrilled that we can do this remake of her cross, but I also know what a watershed event it is to be back home. And I'd like to help honor that for her. I'm not in a financial position where I can send Lisa on an Orchidaceous shopping spree, but I'd love to! I'll be choosing a few of my own special plants to send her, to boot strap her collection.

    I simply wanted to lay the offer out: if anyone has a spare plant they're looking to regift to a loving home, my sister would be more appreciative than you could know! She doesn't have room for many without a greenhouse (which she lost in the hurricane.) I don't think she could handle more than a dozen or so. And her light isn't quite enough for Catts - so we're talking Oncs, Phals and Paphs, pretty much. But if anyone is interested in contributing, please PM me.

    I'm sorry if this seems like begging. It's not. It's just everyone here is so great - an extended family. And there are always a couple of plants you think of "placing" if you could. I'd just like to give her a spiritual lift as she deals with the struggles of moving back into her home, and I know orchids will do that for her.

    Well, thanks guys for listening!

    Julie

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    Been there, done that, understand. Post the address or pm us. Maybe she would like some sticks, yah?

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    If we all pitch in, she's likely to get more than 15 you know....

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    Would smaller ones be better? Maybe a seedling that she could nurture and raise to flowering size as her situation improves?

    I could do that.

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    You make me cry again, E-veal McJulie!!!
    Lynda is right! If many of us pitch in, I don't know if your sister has room for all of the orchids ... Hheheee ... I think I know what I could give her already. We should wait until the weather is more conducive for shipping orchids. And I could just give the orchid(s) to Diane and she could ship altogether.

    I am very pleased that the Daybreak recovers very nicely. When I saw the plant pseudobulbs getting plummer and the leaves becoming stiff full of water, I could tell it is indeed doing very well. The treatment I gave it, is just right. I will post a picture of the plant as of now so everyone can see the difference between when it first arrived and how it is now.
    We probably will be busy in the next 12 months to remake this cross using the Campobello and the Daybreak. It will be even more fun!!!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    I really do need to add that Lisa and I aren't that close. After Katrina, friends who own a restaurant in town wanted to help her situation. I didn't want a fund raiser to be just about her, so I organized with a church in her town that we'd help three families. She'd be one - the church chose two others with young children. All told, we raised $3,000 - $1,000 for each family - and then sent them each another $200 as a Christmas surprise with gifts for the kids, so the money could go to home rebuilding.

    The other two families wrote lovely thank you notes back to the community here. Lisa couldn't be bothered. I know the depression that can come with great loss. But I was so upset she couldn't say thank you to a community that accepted her cause on face value.

    Tonight, when she asked me if my friends might have plants for her, my first reaction was to help her. But after I posted this post, I was a bit put out. I want to help her. But I don't want to subject all of you to her assumption of aid, if that's what it is. She's lost so much, but I wish she were a little more openly appreciative of what's offered up in love.

    Ok, that's my bit. If anyone would like to give, please PM me. If not, please don't feel any pressure from me. She and I have been at odds all our lives!

    Julie

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    Again, been there, done that, have a sister JUST like that. Giving does the most good for the giver.

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