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I FOUND BLC DAYBREAK!!!!!

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    Talking I FOUND BLC DAYBREAK!!!!!




    Whoo Hooo!!!!!

    She's not in great shape, per the owner, but I am sure Dr. Hoa can get her back to health in no time - - What say you Hoa? Ready to begin the project to recreate Julie's family orchid?????

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    For those of you who have no idea what Diane's talking about...

    My grandmother was a bio professor and naturalist, and at the time of her death 21 years ago, she had a greenhouse with over 500 orchids. While she was dying, I was staying at her house and taught myself orchid care, practicing on her plants. Had she seen my dividing experiments she would have passed on more quickly, I'm sure!

    Anyway, my older sister Lisa got some of her plants. (I had no room at the time.) Back in '98 Lisa bred and flowered a yellow cattleya and registered the cross, naming it after my grandmother: Blc. Memoria Gladys Young. Lisa lost her house and all her possessions/plants in Katrina, and I was looking to find any existing Gladys Young plants. But with no luck. Hoa suggested we remake the cross.

    He owns one of the partents: Blc. Campobello, but we've been looking high and low for the other parent: Blc. Daybreak. Hoa and Diane checked at the Santa Barbara show, I've been calling nurseries all over the place, Hoa checked with the original breaders of Daybreak. And there just don't seem to be any Daybreaks around. I actually found two breeders who've recently crossed Daybreak, but one is in Germany and the other's in Japan.

    Well, with Diane's persistence following up on a lead of Hoa's, we found one and it will be delivered to Dr. Hoa who will perform the orchid sex! Lisa originally used Campobello for the seed pod, but thought the reverse cross might be more attractive. Hoa wants to try it both ways.

    The plan is that Aaron will be our forum flasker (unless Hoa is a full service pimp...er, a...breeder.)

    Anyway, it's good to have a forum project! Seedlings for everyone! And thanks Diane and
    Dr. Speedo!

    Julie

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    THAT IS

    STUPENDOUS!!!!
    By all means, I bought many many plants from him before, so please ask him to ship to us asap! Catt growing season just gets started, the sooner I can take a look, spray with insecticides and repot the plant, the sooner the plant will be on its way! You can promise him what he wants, we don't mind to give back a piece or two, maybe even a few seedlings!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    What a wonderful story!!!!! I love it!!! It will be so nice to see the completed project! And to hear the in between goings on! I want lots of updates cause that's so COOL!

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    Great news and lovely a piece of conservation / preservation!

    How exciting to have the whole story unfurl from the beginning to the remaking of this plant!

    good growing and breeding!

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    That is so totally cool! What a great project - I can't wait to hear about it's progress along the way.

    You guys are so awesome.

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    Thanks all, and especially to Hoa and Diane for their tireless efforts! My grandmother would have loved all of this. I want you to know, I come by my compulsive-obsessive behavior honestly. All the genes came from her!

    I remember her tropical fish stage. There must have been 20 aquariums of all shapes, sizes and complexity throughout her house. Tapping the glass at the rare Discus fish was fun, because its stripes would fade, but that brought down an instant and severe punishment!

    I don't remember the other phases specifically, but there was always one. She did have a humungous Christmas cactus downstairs...I was very young. Lisa (2 yrs older) and I were playing movie theatre. All was going well until my mother came down the stairs and saw me tearing off 5 'tickets' for Lisa. "There you go, Maam. Enjoy the movie!" That was a supremely instant and severe punishment. I figured...leaves grow back...what's the big deal?

    Anyway, the orchid phase was her last, but most intense one. Before she built the greenhouse (poured foundation, two different rooms with auto temp and humdity control, plus a good sized potting room and R/O water system) I remember nearly every room except Living, Dining and Kitchen, lined with grow racks with lights. Even the long hallway to the bedrooms! Nope, bathroom was exempt as well. Thank God!

    So, that is my memoria Gladys Young - thanks for the orchid bug, Nana!

    Julie
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    Your Grandmother is smiling .
    Truly a neat story too share with us . Gin

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    I hope you guys know that a project like this would take a while, if not many years! We will take this in stages and see what happens. So don't get too excited yet. First, we will have to get the plant, which is many weeks away. After that, we have to flower the plants which is at least 6 months from now, then do the artificial pollination thing, and etc ... So, keep your fingers crossed! However, if we go through this resulting in an good clone or a few, we got the right to name the clone(s)!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Hoa,

    You're mistaken. There is cause to celebrate! Let's enjoy every step of this journey without worrying about the time to complete it, or if it will even complete.

    What Louis and Bruce started has taken on a life of its own. We're part of an orchid-lovin', crazy obsessive community, where we care more for one another's ups and downs than we do for our own gain.

    That's an amazing thing, and not to be taken lightly. I have faith that with this much feeling behind our first 'forum project', greatness can only be the result! Mind you, that greatness can take many forms, but I trust that however it goes, it will be a wonderful experience for us all!

    Wahoo, to us all!!! And many floriferous returns...

    Julie <--- cracking open a really nice bottle of scotch!

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