Welcome to orchid madness, Julie and Christopher!
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This is a discussion on It's all your (plural possesive) fault! within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Welcome Julie & Christopher! This is a great place to be and to develope you ...
Welcome Julie & Christopher!
This is a great place to be and to develope you addiction even more.
Welcome to orchid madness, Julie and Christopher!
If you all aren't yet members of your local orchid societies, I'd strongly recommend that you sign up. It's a great way to learn more and get in-person experience with a wide variety of interesting species and hybrids. Plus most OS's tend to allow space for sale of plants between members – a great source for cheap divisions of plants.
That, by the way is the next stage of the orchid plague upon your houses: getting some near blooming size plants, raising them for a while, and then trading them for other plants. Basically, if you ever pick up something because it's a very good deal and you plan to trade it (i.e., "I've already got one of these, but it's cheap and I know some RVO folks will want it . . . " or "What an interesting cross! I'll pick up five . . . "), then you're in trouble. This means you have moved from a "hobby" to a "lifestyle choice."
Good luck, welcome aboard, and abandon all hope.
The Trader Joe paphs were:
(Makuli-Curtisii) - Maudiae x Maudiae "Napa Valley" HCC/AOS
Supersuk "Eureka" AM/AOS x Raisin Pie "Hsinying"
Both are crossed with "Sib". Does that simply mean they were crossed with the same species to stregthen particular traits? And is that common enough that you wouldn't bother listing it in the plant's name?
Both are in bud, but I think I'll give the top one to a friend, since the Mystic Jewel x Dragon Flag is so similar.
My weekend shopping spree at River Valley netted me:
- Odm. Margaret Holm 'Alpine' (I know I'll offend all in THIS forum, but I really love Odm's and their crosses!)
- Paph. Deception II (niveum 'Snow Ball' HCC/AOS X delenatii 'Angel') Heather, didn't I see you post a picture of this baby sometime in the recent past?
- Paph. (Pulsar x Black Cherry) '#1' X Paph. fairrieanum 'Super Red' (I've always lusted after the dark wine-colored slippers. Ahh....)
- Phrag. Penns Creek Cascade (Grande 4N 'Gigantea' X wallisii) This one needs no comment. I still get prickly looking at the photos and imagining I'll actually own it.
LOL - My brother was pestering me for Christmas gift ideas yesterday. (Look how long he waited! Such a guy thing...) I admitted the thing I really wanted was another orchid! (No surprise there. My infatuation isn't new. I've just kept it well controlled until this recent outbreak. You guys worry me. This is a VERY slippery slope - pun intended - and you're leading me down it head first!)
Anyway, I convinced him (similar to Lisa's b-day wishes) to send me a check and I'd just toss another phrag on to my River Valley order before it shipped. (I placed the order on-line late Sat.) I really felt an empty place in my heart because I hadn't bought phrag. Living Fire.
Not to be. The RV folks were so efficient, they'd already shipped my order early yesterday. (Sniff...) So fate has spared me yet another impulse purchase. (But the sugar plums dancing in my head have now been replaced with the unbought phrag...)
I can just picture OA meetings. "Hi, my name is Julie. I'm a recovering Orchidophile. I haven't bought one in 2 weeks..."
Got to get some work done. Will post some "name that orchid" photos this evening. I have a catt and a dend with unknown parentage.
You're in Mass too? I just noticed that. Whereabouts? I'm in the central part of the state. The TJ's near me has never had paphs, not a one, so I was really curious when I looked up and saw that!
Sounds like you had a lot of fun shopping! You'll love RVO's plants (and their packaging is really something!)
Yes, " x sib" just means that it was crossed to another plant of the same cross, as in sibling.
re: Deception II was my first purchase from RVO also and the very first of my Paphs to bloom for me, actually. It is a real cutie!
I also have a Penn's (there's photos around here somewhere) and LOVE it! Very easy growing plant and anything w/ long petals, I just swoon for.
I am not yet a member of my local society because MOS meetings are pretty far from me and in the evenings. I'm considering joining the NHOS as they meet on Saturdays, so easier for me to get to, but still about an hour away. They have the nicest displays at the shows I've been to also, nicer than MOS, IMHO! I got a two year membership to AOS for my birthday also, which gets me into Tower Hill Botanical Garden for free, which is nice.
Slippery slope...hahaha...boy, do I ever understand, just watch for trees on the way down!
Oh yeah, Heather! I'm freezing my butt off here in Mass. with you! I'm on the north shore.
What other phrags do you have besides the Penn's and the Besseae? Some of them are amazing!
Sue, your suggestion for joining a society is a good one, but this isn't my only obsession and while watering is a priority, the orchid insanity isn't my chief insanity. (Obsession management can be so demanding...)
Still, the joy of watching the little dears (beasts at times) respond to our efforts is amazing!
Ooh, I love the North Shore - I'm a huge Woodman's fan! Mmmm, lobster and onion rings! You and PeteMc are, (darn it) just a bit too far away to set up a plant sitting ring. Like me, you are also pretty far from the MOS meetings, and people think this is a small state? We need more orchid societies!Originally Posted by Piper
Obsession management! LOL!!
I posted my list here if you are really interested: