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A little personal stuff and a few new orchids

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    Default A little personal stuff and a few new orchids

    It is some time since I have posted ; my wife has been ill again, and I preferred to spend the days with her in intensive care, rather than in the greenhouse ; and when I eventually got back in to look at the plants, I found the heating system roaring its head off, the temperature 44 degrees C, and an awful lot of dead and damaged plants. ( a fault in the boiler printed circuit, it seems ) .
    I did seriously consider giving up on orchids at that point ; just turn off everything, shut the door, and look the other way. Coming up to 54 years of orchid growing - end with a whimper, not a bang.
    Coincidentally I have been worried lately by ever rising energy costs here in UK ; they have about doubled in 3 or 4 years, with no sign of relief in sight. ( We have perhaps enough shale gas under us to last UK 300 years they say, but environmental lobby groups look likely to prevent us ever getting any benefit from it - at least in my lifetime. And of course my age is part of the problem - if this had happened 10 or 20 years ago, I might have built a lab and gone shopping for a lot of flasks but now, - by the time I have grown specimen plants I should be well into my 90s. I need flowering plants now !
    I woke up in the small hours one night, with the answer.
    Go back to growing cool ; Cymbidiums, Pleiones, anything else from the present collection which survives and grows again . Things which don’t - too bad. Throw them out as soon as I am sure , for out of sight will be out of mind.
    I turned the temperature control down to 10 C instead of 15 - halved , maybe even more, my heating costs. I have taken the plunge with LED lights and thrown out the metal ballast 400 watt lamps - which should reduce my elec bill to 25% of what it was .
    I expect my first Pleione bulbs any day now, and I went to one of the famous Cymbidium nurseries on the south coast of UK and filled up my car - my wife came for the ride - her first expedition out of the house for some time, and she celebrated by being generous with my Xmas present… Here are just the first few flowers to open - not grown by me .
    Cymbidium Satin & Spice “Caramel Surprise” beautifully shapely, and interestingly marked . Cymbidium Gleneagles “Cooksbridge Delight” pink striped petals.
    Cymbidium Lambkin “Little Rascal” Green and yellow flowers - which I think should open better , and perhaps fade towards a more apple green.
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    move to california! we grow these and many more outdoors. lots of dendrobiums from australia can handle cymbidium temperatures. cattleyas, laelias, encyclias, all sorts of stuff. even a few vandas (mostly blues).

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    Beautiful blooms, Geoff! I'm sorry to hear your wife has been ill again and the news about your greenhouse and the heating. I hope you new plan works out for you. I've wondered how things were going for you and am glad to see this update.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    First of all i Wish your wife get out from the illness and glad you have a good choose for all cymbedium.all are Beautifull flowers

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    Dear Geoff,

    Great looking cymbidums. Glad to see your post. Sorry to hear to what happened to your wife and to your beloved orchids. I am with you on choosing what is suitable to grow in your environment and conditions.
    You are an inspiration & motivation to all us. wish your wife a speedy recovery and all the best to your cymbidiums.

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    Some wonderful Cymbidiums Geoff. They look just as exotic as the 'warm' growing orchids. It sounds like you enjoyed your Christmas and it's good that your wife got out a bit. The best of luck to you and her Geoff. AL
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    So glad to see your post Geoff. Wish you and your wife the best of everything for 2014.Those cyms are beautiful.

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    Nice cyms, Geoff. Wishing you and your wife a healthy and happy 2014!

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    Good to hear that you go on with orchids.
    Wish you and your wife many years of good health with plenty of beautiful orchids to bloom for you.
    You did choose great looking Cymbidiums!

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