Almost Ready to sign the Contract for the Greenhouse

I have been working with two companies to design a greenhouse on the south side of our home.  The primary design/fabrication firm is BC Greenhouse in Surrey BC Canada, with the International Greenhouse Company of West Sacramento as Contractor.  The following photos have been produced using Sketchup, which was my primary design tool.  They show the interior of the greenhouse.  The teapot on the table was effective in selling the project to my wife.

I think all details have been worked out, and we are about to sign the contract.  Fabrication takes about eight weeks, and we should see construction in the first week of September.

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Cochlioda Sanguinea

Cochlioda061417.JPGI acquired this Cochlioda Sanguinea from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017, and it is now in bloom.  As advertised, seven bubble-gum colored flowers.  It is interesting that the hybrid Odontioda, which is one of my favorites, is a cross between this little flower and an odontoglossum.

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Stanhopea Tigrina is in bloom

Stanopea060517.JPGI purchased this Stanhopea Tigrina from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate in my visit to their open house on July 8, 2016.  It was in bud when I purchased it, and bloomed immediately.  It is now in bloom again, and is really fragrant.  It has a second spike coming (visible in the picture in the upper right, and a third spike that is growing along the top of the media.

A beautiful plant.

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Miltassia Shelob is in bloom

Shelob060517.JPGI purchased this Miltassia Shelob at the Sacramento Orchid Show in April of 2015, and it has bloomed repeatedly for me — three times in 2016.  This year, I divided it and replanted it into a bark mix (It was in semi-hydro before), and it spiked immediately.  It has two spikes, each with six flowers.  The fact that there are six flowers per spike is different, as I have only had four buds per spike on the previous blooms.

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Encyclia Radicans is in bloom

Radicans052517.JPGI purchased this Encyclia Radicans at Orchids in the Park in San Francisco on July 23, 2016.  I placed it on the top shelf in the solarium, and it has grown well.  It now has two spikes, each with four flowers, and has two new growths.  It should grow in its current pot for another year.

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Odontioda Prism ‘Glow’ x Crystal Palace

Prism052517.JPGI acquired this Odontioda Prism ‘Glow’ x Crystal Palace from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017.  When I got it home, I noticed that it didn’t have a tag, and inquired if Bob knew the name of the plant.  Bob needed some research, but found it.  It is a cross between two Odontiodas, made by the Orchid Zone, and is currently unregistered.  It is a beautiful purple flower, with yellow on the lip.  It had seven flowers when I purchased it.  I knocked three of the flowers off in transit, and the others are fading fast.

It should be a beautiful plant.

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Odontoglossum Tribbles ‘HH’ 4N x Odontoglossum Avranches ‘HH’ 4N

Avranches052517.JPGI acquired this Odontoglossum Tribbles ‘HH’ 4N x Odontoglossum Avranches ‘HH’ 4N from Bob Hamilton on my visit to his greenhouse on May 7, 2017.  It is a seedling, planted in a clear two-inch plastic pot, and looks to be a healthy plant.

I will wait to see how it produces its new growth this year, and probably then repot it into a larger pot.

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