Phragmipedium Lindleyanum is in bloom

Lindleyanum080618.jpgI purchased this Phragmipedium Lindleyanum from the plant table at the Sacramento Orchid Society meeting on January 4, 2017.  It was clearly a division of a much larger plant (There are many division dates on the back of the tag — to 1993).  It did not bloom for me last year, but grew well.  With the additional light in the orchid room, it decided to bloom this year.

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Wilsonara Tiger Brew ’08’ (Floricultura x 6508) is in bloom

Tiger080618.jpgI purchased this Wilsonara Tiger Brew ’08’ (Floricultura x 6508) from the Orchid Zone greenhouse after they had gone out of business, on July 23, 2017.  It was not in very good shape when I purchased it — in bloom, but with very scrawny petals.  It is now starting to bloom again.  The plant has recovered nicely, and the blooms this time are very robust in color and shape.

A good plant.

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Oncidium Jiuhbao Gold ‘Tainan’, AM/AOS is in bloom

Tainan080618.jpgI purchased this Oncidium Jiuhbao Gold ‘Tainan’, AM/AOS  from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate on March 24, 2016.  It grew a beautiful new bulb last year but did not bloom.  This year it grew a similar bulb, which grew two spikes out of the top of the bulb.  It now has over 50 flowers on two branching spikes.

It is planted in a net pot with spaghnum moss lining and a bark mix on the inside, and is hanging on the north side of the solarium, where it gets good southern light.

 

 

It is worth seeing this plan in its entirety.  It is just beautiful, and everything I hoped it would be when purchasing it.

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Greenhouse is Progressing

Greenhouse080618.jpgWe started building a greenhouse in May, attached to the south side of our home.  It is progressing well, but slowly.  We currently have the frame complete, the swamp cooler installed and working, the shade cloth panels constructed and installed, and the benches built.  I am starting to work on the watering system (RO Tank, pump and pressure tank have been delivered), and the floor.

Have transferred several plants to the greenhouse.  The temperatures are good, in fact, better than my current environment.

Fun project!  Lots of space for new plants.

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Odontocidium St. Anthony of Egypt ’12-12′ is in bloom

Anthony060918.jpgI purchased this orchid on September 20, 2017 on my visit to the former Orchid Zone property.  It was one of the bedding plants that they had aquired from Tom Perlite of Golden Gate Orchids.  It has grown well since my acquisition, producing a healthy new pseudobulb and a three-foot spike with 12 flowers.

A very good plant…

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Chiloschista Siew Niang (lunifera x viridiflava) is in bloom

Chilo060918.jpgI purchased this Chiloschista Siew Niang (lunifera x viridiflava) from eBay orchid vendor laorchidjohn on August 20, 2017. This was a ghost orchid — an orchid that only has roots.  It was a very young plant, still containing a couple of its leaves (It should drop its leaves after a year or so), and I didn’t expect it to bloom.

To my surprise, it has bloomed nicely, with over 15 flowers on four spikes.

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Wilsonara Firecat ‘Harmony’ is in bloom

Harmony060918.jpgI received this Wilsonara Firecat ‘Harmony’ from a friend, who had found it at the Salt Lake City Orchid Society show in early April 2017.  It was originally planted in sphagnum moss, and bloomed nicely for me.  I repotted it into a bark mix after blooming, and unfortunately, it did not do well.  It did not grow roots into the new medium, and I thought I was going to lose it.

I repotted it again into fresh media, and placed it on the floor of the solarium, near the south window.  It produced a short spike and flowers shortly thereafter.

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