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My Grow Area

This is a discussion on My Grow Area within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I live in a modest 3-story townhouse which basically has no real garden area. Unlike ...

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    Default My Grow Area

    I live in a modest 3-story townhouse which basically has no real garden area. Unlike my ancestral family home which has a sprawling, sunny garden both in the front and the back areas - my townhouse only has a cramped, 3rd floor back laundry porch on the sunniest side and my ground floor "exposed-to-the-afternoon-sun" front porch as my garden areas.

    Since I moved in to my townhouse, I had clear (now opaque due to the elements), polycarbonate roofing built on these areas to protect my plants (and myself) from the extremes of Philippine weather.

    The photos here are only of the front porch area:

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    From the main entrance facing the gate/main street

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    Another view From the main entrance facing the gate/main street

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    View at an angle from the gate-side facing the entrance-side of the townhouse. Notice the opaque polycarbonate roof and an outdoor-waterproof-type ceiling fan I placed above to boost air circulation during hot or extremely wet weather.

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    A sunny/wall side of the grow area. A few of the native species plants are growing in the background and still in their original-native mounting when I first got them from a vendor-friend who grows them in his wild, outdoor-style nursery.


    Ever since I started filling my "garden areas" with orchids, my townhouse now has this "tropical, jungle look" atmosphere. Aside from my plants I have a turtle enclosure on the floor with a lone turtle getting bigger each day near the water faucet. My friends and neighbors joke me often saying that all I need now to complete the scene are some snakes hanging on the ceiling! Geesh! Farthest thing on my mind! No way! :o

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    wow you've got quite a collection there.

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    nice growing out there , thanks for sharing us your babies.

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    Wonderful set-up. Very beautiful.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Looks Awesome!

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    wish I could grow like that...very nice...you should get a rubber snake to to surprise the neighbors

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    This looks great! You were able to fit so many plants.
    I really like the "jungle look" as you call it ...

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    Stunning! Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambert View Post
    This looks great! You were able to fit so many plants.
    I really like the "jungle look" as you call it ...
    Yeah in one aspect it's sort of funny 'coz if you're a tall person (I'm short, approximately 5 feet 5 inches in height which is the average height for a Filipino), you're likely to bump your head on some of the pots!

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    Default My grow area in bloom!

    View of my place from the street outside.

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    Some of my plants in bloom and have grown bigger now. Gosh those Vandas do have tons of aerial roots!
    (Photo taken early dawn 5:30 a.m. after I just did a thorough watering before leaving for work)

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