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Not to be in bloom...

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    Well, Louis and Heather nailed it. It took just about 2 months from start of bud/spike to bloom on my Deception II. Almost. What's not quite right in the first picture? (Hint, check out the second.)

    It was a hard day. Phys therapy was quite rugged and my legs were killing. The person supposed to feed the cat's didn't show up. The person supposed to water plants didn't show, the person brining ice didn't show (catching a trend here?)

    I was trying to water bloomers and slippers myself, but was behind on my pain meds and hurting. Trying to juggle plants, cructhes and not trip over other orthotic devices, I felt a snap as my arm brushed across a plant.

    I'm sure glad I belong to this forum and have read how everyone else has done this. I didn't cry. (Yet. I waited for the smashed kitchen crockery about an hour later for that!)

    I have Heather's photo to enjoy. I'll try not to murder any more soon... Quelle bummer!

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    Julie, some of that Mad Sailor language might help. Any way to salvage the bloom with a bud vase, or is it a case of once-snapped, gonner...?

    My mother always used to say "oops, it'll grow back". She was talking about my hair, but I felt the same way you do now.

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    I think the bud's a gonner, but I popped into a vase with some Superthrive, figuring what the heck...

    You used mad sailor language after your mom cut your hair? Did she use the lawnmower?

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    I didn't actually USE mad sailor language, because I'd have been in deep do-do if I did, but I THOUGHT it plenty of times. No lawn mower. Worse, it happened one painful snip, snip, snip at a time.."oh, it's uneven on this side, let's just even it up. Darn, now it's shorter on that side, oh dear, now the front is longer than the back, uh oh, maybe just a little here on the bangs to blend in better...oops, well it'll grow back"

    My siblings got the benefit of her learning on me. No 45 degree bangs for them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSJ
    No lawn mower. Worse, it happened one painful snip, snip, snip at a time.."oh, it's uneven on this side, let's just even it up. Darn, now it's shorter on that side, oh dear, now the front is longer than the back, uh oh, maybe just a little here on the bangs to blend in better...oops, well it'll grow back"
    Consider yourself lucky! I lost count of how many times my mum accidently cut into my brother's ears.
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    Piper, I'm sorry to hear about your spike.
    That really sucks!

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    Sorry about the spike Piper, know how you feel Hope things are going well with the replacements , my Sister in law had hers done one at a time the one she just had done is not going as well as the first one , at least once healed you will be done with it . Gin

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    Thanks, Dana and Gin! The knees are going very well. It's me that's up and down like a yo-yo. Little things make you think the world is coming to an end (and your legs are likely to fall off, if you don't gnaw them off first). Then the physical therapist comes and laughs at you and tells you you're doing great.

    The spike was a bummer, because I've so little experience watching paphs open and the deception is a cutie, but I've had to cut a couple of phal spikes this last month (to save the plants on new aquisitions), so I'm satisfying myself that the plants will grow up bigger and stronger before I see their next blooms.

    I've aqcuired enough over the last couple of months that I have a bunch out at any given time, which is really wonderful. In the past, with a less insane inventory, I spent all my time looking at green leaves. With 8 in bloom at the moment, I'm feeling incredibly spoiled.

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    RSJ, I didn't verbalize mad sailor vocabularly much as a child either, but I do remember doing a comparative study of the taste of soaps during those years, so I must have been fitting in some early practice! Sorry about the haircuts! I cut my own once in college, and it was much as you described...

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    OUCH!

    Julie, looking at that second pic... Major disappointment. That's one even Marie Antoinette would have cringed at....

    At least they grow relatively quickly.....

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    happens to us all. it helps to get an instant gratification plant after something like this...

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    LOL, Jason,

    That's just what I've done. The emotional Phys. Therapist (me) decided two more plants were just the ticket! They'll arrive tomorrow (from Louis) with no guilt (from me).

    The other 'chids that are blooming are an amazing sop for healing and feeling better! No complaints here - just bring on the latest, they'll work wonders with the rehab!

    Julie

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