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NH's state wildflower

This is a discussion on NH's state wildflower within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Tanya, most of the Cyps are difficult (but not impossible) to grow in pot culture. ...

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    Tanya, most of the Cyps are difficult (but not impossible) to grow in pot culture. There are seed-grown plants available, but they are expensive, making it a huge gamble of a lot of money. Eventually, these prices may come down as more vendors get into the Cyp growing business and competition sets in...but for now, they are as expensive as Paphs used to be.

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    lol, j/l. Hope it wasn't too uncomfortable doing that this morning... I wouldn't even consider it here at the moment, was just on 8 celsius this morning yuk yuk! But how lucky are you to be able to just go to your 'backyard' to be able to see these amazing plants!

    See what I mean about the shape of the lip though. I think it's very nortie actually.. the shape, the colour, and the veining.. anyways, enuff said from me or everyone will think I'm some crazy folk from out yonder.

    btw, if anyone knows how to smuggle one of this into Australia and not get caught... let me know lol

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    hmmmm... smuggle one to Australia.... I suppose I could try if *someone* sent me an airline ticket

    My little one told me he thought they looked like a tongue. That must be what you're talking about, huh? ... lol

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    There's a Scottish Games each June in Greenfield, NH (it's actually tomorrow and I'll be going up for the day). It's held in a state park and it's so heavily attended they have you park in this lot in the middle of the woods and then they shuttle you to the site. Anyway, typically all the pipers travel in their Highland attire, less the kilt (sitting on 8 yards of pleated wool in the car for a couple of hours isn't much fun and it's not great for the kilt). So the parking area is sort of like a mass changing room where the kilt goes on over your shorts and then the shorts get dropped from underneath.

    When I got there last June I really had to pee and that's even worse in a kilt than driving (for a woman, anyway - picture yourself in an outhouse trying to hold up 8 yards of pleated wool behind you, so it doesn't drop into the toilet.) I decided I'd go before I put my kilt on...so I walked to the far end of the parking area and walked into the woods until there were some trees between me and the other cars. I found a nice wide tree I could lean my back against (you men have it so easy!!) and as I'm doing my thing, I look up to see a patch of about 15 lady's slippers (the same pink as Just's) sitting in a huge clump about six feet in front of me! I laughed so hard!

    I'll have to check tomorrow and see if they're blooming!

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    ROTFLMAOST @ Julie!

    You know Just, I know someone who could roll their tongue like that... it's so not fair that ppl have all these party tricks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prem
    Tanya, most of the Cyps are difficult (but not impossible) to grow in pot culture. There are seed-grown plants available, but they are expensive, making it a huge gamble of a lot of money. Eventually, these prices may come down as more vendors get into the Cyp growing business and competition sets in...but for now, they are as expensive as Paphs used to be.

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    Thanks for explaining, Prem. I think they are beautiful plants for the garden and I've always wondered why people don't grow them. Now I know some of the reasons.

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    If anyone would like a list of vendors who grow Cypripedium from seed, PM me.

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    Absolutely stunning second pic. from the front! Thanks, it really made me feel alive to see this picture tonight!

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