It is a very cute flower.
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This is a discussion on Holcoglossum flavescens x Rhyncostylis gigantea - a miniature vandaceous plant. within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by mauraec I'm not really a vanda fan - can't really grow them ...
We employ a gardener in the little estate (6 houses) where I live, who mows the lawns, sweeps up the leaves ( a lot of mature trees)does any new planting we think about etc etc , and I am going to employ him ; I did ask him once before but he turned me down then - was too busy with the various regular contract jobs he has ; but now he has an employee or two - although he will look after my greenhouse himself. The estate is too small to need/justify a management company ( or we have thought them too expensive and too ineffecient) so we share out the jobs between the different houses - my immediate neighbour looks after the electrics ( gates, & lights) another one does the legal work - tax return for the income/expenditure , another one liases with the local town council abpout our trash collection, and so on . My job is instructing the gardener ; so it remains unsaid that if he messes up, his contract here is in danger . I hope that will make it as foolproof as it sounds !
It is a very cute flower.
Maybe your silk flowers were the best idea Maura ?
But look at it this way, without a few disasters, there would be no room in the growing space for more plants, and then, wouldn't the orchid trade suffer ? Its an ill wind that blows no-one any good !
Slightly more seriously, I was able to spend a lot of time in the greenhouse yesterday, and I was cheered by the way the cattleyas are responding to the drastic complete repot of all of them , using Hydroleca (baked clay pebbles) as the growing medium which I did a few weeks/months ago. Getting the pH right is a bit of a pain as the dust on the pebbles is pretty fierce ,involving changing the water in all of the trays every week or two, but I'm getting there. And I found spikes developing on so many of the other plants, some which have never flowered for me before although they have been in my collection for years.
Florida in February will be nice - we did that some years ago - drove from Miami to Miami in February, via the Everglades, up the west coast,spending mostly one night at each place but a week at a cottage place we rented on Sanibel, then a few days on another Island (Treasure Island I think it ws called) , and more days at Tampa Bay , then across to Canaveral ( stayed with friends then running an orchid nursery at Kissimee for a week) then back down the East Coast - took the whole month in all - and I finished a book I was writing at the time including taking a lot of illustrations ( it was a technical book on photography) . I didn't see many orchid places - I have recently been reading a novel by Mary Motes ( of the orchid family of that name) set in Florida - called "Orchid Territory" and I guess I missed out on a lot, but if I had got into that I would not have completed my book !
If I didn't despise collections of little things that themselves just collect dust, I might consider the silk orchids - but, given your orchids' latest surge in growth, perhaps I should consider a fertilizer comprise of shattered lightbulbs?
Your trip around and through Florida sounds like it was done just right (I take it you gave Disney World a miss?). We rented on Sanilbel when I was 12, and I don't think I ever looked up, as I was fascinated by all the shells right there on the beach. You probably went right by where I take my kids to visit my parents - Marco Island would be the first big sign if civilization ahead after you emerge from the Everglades on the West Coast. I hope you have enjoyed the book - the Evil English Greenhouse Lady who tried to destroy all my orchids came to Atlanta from the West Palm Beach area just about the time that book was published, and she bears an unnerving resemblance to the "Queen" - she had actually "whitewashed" her Kew Gardens replica by painting the entire building, including all the wrought ironwork with white latex paint, and when questioned about it, responds merely that it is taking longer than she thought for it to wash off (!!!!) She's portrays herself as on a last-name basis with the author's husband, and invokes his name to justify many of the crazy things she does. Our tour through the greenhouse consisted of us exclaiming politely over various miniature orchids, which, when we asked what they were, obliged her to look at every single tag before answering - no doubt a new shipment to replace the latest victims of her care.
I don't know about your local Orchid Society in Dorset, but The Atlanta Orchid Society is only slightly less rapacious than Miami's. But don't let that deter you from travelling a bit further north than Florida next time; you would be billed as the much-anticipated guest speaker from England whose expertise spans orchids from A-Z, Orchid growing techniques of all kinds, technical expertise on photography, and who has more awards from the RHS than any of us, certainly, and I suspect, more than most of your peers. Then you could guide the Orchid Conservatory people through their conservatory and teach them which orchids they have!
Just a thought - and Atlanta is very sunny and temperate from March through May and late September through early December!
An update - still two buds to come - I reckon this plant will still be going when I get back at the end of the month, but in case not here's how it looks now. Flowers lasting well !
love the lip. thanks
Attachment 49171The latest pic - showing all the flowers out, but just starting to go over . But lasting quite well ; this pic taken today 27th January -and I started the thread 5 weeks ago.
There is a pic here - but only showing as a link . I do not understand why - maybe this is the way its supposed to work !
Last edited by Dorsetman; January 27th, 2012 at 02:19 AM.