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Tolumnia Golden Sunset (HCC/AOS)

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    My Tolumnias in general have turned a dirty shade of purple brown - too much sunshine in this extremely unusual Spring/early Summer in Southern England, so naturally not many spikes. I have moved them all to a shady corner to recover, and new green growths are beginning to emerge. This one plant however seems to have had some natural shade from other plants , and remains green, so has produced a little spike. I think I can forgive the paucity of flowers, when I see the quality.


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    P.S. Today we had some feeble showers - a whole 2mm of rain - still, with the area of my house roof, I collected over a hundred gallons of pure water, enough to keep me going a couple of weeks.

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    Nice flowers! I have trouble blooming tols -- I can grow them but blooming is problematic.

    Glad ya got some rain, Geoff. Too bad can't send you some of ours. We've had an unusually wet spring. Where to you store your water?

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    I just got 90mm in a 16 hour period yesterday. My gathering is not yet sophisticated. But I did get about 35 gallons. I love using rainwater for my orchids. I took almost all of them outside for a bath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Nice flowers! I have trouble blooming tols -- I can grow them but blooming is problematic.

    Glad ya got some rain, Geoff. Too bad can't send you some of ours. We've had an unusually wet spring. Where to you store your water?
    I have 7 tanks under the central bench - each about 4 x 2 x 2 feet , probably hold 100 gallon each , plus two 25 gallon trash cans - one at each corner of the greenhouse used for the actual mixing with nutrient and then dipping plants , another two of the same outside the greenhouse, these catch the water from the greenhouse roof and pump it automatically (using float switches) into the greenhouse. Then around my actual house, which is single story (unlike most UK houses) and hence has quite a large roof - maybe 3000 sq ft - I have half a dozen 50 gallon tubs collecting rain from that roof. I had the house built using Welsh slate for the roof - that's a metamorphic mineral material which is pH neutral and quite insoluble, so that the water coming from it remains pure and clean ( apart from any leaves whichget caught in the gutters, or bird droppings).
    My builder was quite surprised about my roof choice - he wanted to use red clay tiles, which nowadays are not fired, but made with cement ; they eventually become porous and have to be replaced , after maybe 60-70 years ; the builder said that I wouldn't live long enough to make the extra expense of the slate worthwhile. True, but the clay tiles lose minute particles, especially after frost or direct sun, and especially after these alternate, so that the wter gets slightly polluted. After a long dry spell, and then a rainstorm, I have measured pH as high as 11 in such water. Of course the next lot of rain runs off a clean roof and is OK- but it is a nuisance to have to keep on checking pH. But I told him ( the builder) that it was just aesthetic - I preferred the colour of the slate - I don't think builders in general are into pH in water !

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