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04-01-2007, 02:39 AM
Another beginning. Coffee is fresh, grab a seat and chat a bit.

Lady Carol
04-01-2007, 02:59 PM
How annoying. A down site for all of the morning.

Probably an April fool joke :D

04-01-2007, 03:11 PM
Ah, but it gave me a chance to do some more photos of the garden.

Ribbon Grass (?)

Pineapple in bloom. The flowers are a lovely blue/purple and they are just beginning to open on both of my pineapples. You can see them in this photo.

Bouganvilla over the back fence.


Horseradish. Getting bigger, has almost doubled this week.

04-01-2007, 04:07 PM
What nice pictures....my hubby sure likes that horseradish...... lol.

04-01-2007, 08:47 PM
What nice pictures....my hubby sure likes that horseradish...... lol.

Got any good horseradish recipes? This is from a patch that was on my grandparents farm for over a century. It is a very old patch and supposed to be a knee slapper when prepared properly. I like it in mashed potatoes with a slurry made of butter, milk, garlic slowly cooked until garlic is soft and then add to mashed potatoes along with the horseradish.

A tiny bit of heaven.

One of the new orchids is sending out a new shoot now. Wow, that was quick. It must be fairly happy with its location. I need to get some more hooks for the most recent additions. time to move one about to a new fern plank. Makes me nervous, haven't seen one like it in years other than at botanical gardens. It is becoming hard to locate. If this one dies I would be devastated. It has been with me for over 15 years and bloomed every year.

My stick orchids are setting buds. The are an odd one. they send out shoots with leaves, about 8 months later the leaves drop off and then 3 months later the buds show up and bloom with these delicate pink flowers. When the blooms drop, the new shoots start and the process begins again.

04-02-2007, 01:45 AM
Hi Clever, thought you were going away for the week? Enjoy!

Hullo Howard, thank you for your photos. Any chance of showing us the progress of the orchids you are speaking about please?

And a further expaliation about transfering your orchid to a ... planK??? What kind of plank??



04-02-2007, 07:14 AM
I have one orchid that is on an osmundo fiber plank or tree fern plank. It is very rough and porous.

Many orchids like to set their roots through the open weave of the plank.

It is a matter of removing the plant from the old plank and removing the old growth and then attaching it to the new plank. This is generally done with monofilament line or stocking pieces. My sister has recently been hot gun gluing them with a dab of glue on a non fleshy part of the plant. Sounds a bit to radical for me. Since my transplant abilities are limited.........:crying: they usually don't make it. I read recently that one should not water after a transplant until new growth is seen. Mold and fungus are the number one issue with most orchids.

Mine has been attached so long it sticks out about 2 inches from the plank. I may take it to our local orchid specialist to see if I can get it reworked.

You were asking about shade cloth. I would think that the color for the most part might be blue if near a sky blue. Orchids are very sensitive to light and direction from what I have been reading. Some like to have a limited amount of direct light but that can be up to 6 hours worth. I have been toying with the idea of putting a slat house in, attached to the back of the house. I have a potting bench/starting bench there which would be most useful.

Something along the line of a 10 to 20 % shade should be of some value. Where you are you may need a bit more. I would check with someone local to see what they suggest.

I am trying to get onto a regimen of fertilizing. Something I have never done in the past. I am hoping to be able to get a better sized flower and stronger plants.

Still working on spring cleaning. Trying to get paperwork in order and getting the studio in order. That is going to take a while I fear. Have never been able to get totally organized. I always seem to be short on room and big on ideas but sometimes the execution ends up a bit short.

How about a thread on studio organization. May have to pursue that one. Hmm. great idea.

04-02-2007, 10:03 PM



HD is now in four blooms open and it is progressing handsomely.

The frangipani while still tight, is showing signs of blooms and spring leaves. This one bloomed last year during August and September and this is now blooming in April.

My collection of frangapani has grown this year with the addition of a pink and a red, I have had a yellow and white for a while. Gosh I may need to devote one part of the garden to the frangi's alone.

Lady Carol
04-02-2007, 10:15 PM
Golly Howard, you are doing well in the flower department.

We have forsythia blooming :D does that count? :lol:

04-02-2007, 10:26 PM
It's all good.

I miss forsythia and tulips, and crocus, and hyacinths. Hard to grow here and do it well.

Now if we just would get some rain. We need some rain. Everything is drying out and getting nasty. My grass is so brown but I know it will come back with the rains. May have to get out there and fertilize a bit.

04-03-2007, 01:47 AM
Hullo Howard, what a dear you are to give me all that information.

Do you mind if I down load the text and pix. I would like to keep them on file for future reference?

Your interst and explanations are far more inlighting than a book.



04-03-2007, 08:58 AM
Hullo Howard, what a dear you are to give me all that information.

Do you mind if I down load the text and pix. I would like to keep them on file for future reference?

Your interst and explanations are far more inlighting than a book.



Not at all but doubt I have given out much information. I am just a hobby gardener I feat but if you feel there is something valuable there. Please do.

04-03-2007, 10:24 AM

Not that I am totally enamoured with this orchid but everyday it gets more beautiful. I have 6 flowers open right now and it is just georgeous.

04-03-2007, 01:36 PM

This is a really interesting plant. It is water sensitive. I believe I remember being told that they are from the Australian desert. They are tight little shabby looking balls, until you add water. Then they open to this state. They appear to be less than dormant. Add water and they spring to life for a while. You can actually watch them unfold and they do itt in short order.


Well, I screwed up enough courage to try and transfer a small piece of one of my favorite orchids. I still have a larger piece to draw from but this is certainly worth the effort.

I did do the hot glue, we shall see if it works.

04-04-2007, 03:28 PM
Quick tip.

I have been using a glass palette and a nylong palette for years. Hated scrapping off the dried color.

For some reason the other day, I sprayed the surfaces with water and waited a minute or two and then went after it with an old plastic credit card, a plastic putty knife would also work.

If all but flew off the surface. Very cool.

04-04-2007, 04:37 PM
yeah I disovered a little hot water and detergent does wonders(even floor cleaner diluted) with any baked on paint.....I mostly use plastic palette or my own stay wet ones, but I make paint skins too and hot water does the rick there....

off to family reuinion tomorrow, looking forward to getting away and catching up with folks....

mrs willow
04-04-2007, 07:19 PM
School holidays here! Not much time for painting, but have been indulging in a little retail therapy with my youngest daughter and her two growing girls....great fun!
Weather is getting cooler but still fine....we did get some rain a couple of weeks back and what was brown is green again!:thumbsup:

04-05-2007, 09:10 AM
The first oncidium flower is open.....yippee!

This plant has 6 stems of flowers coming. Each stem will have 60 to 100 flowers and this year it looks as though it could be a good year. Each flower is about 1.25 inches or 3.2 centimeters. In a few days this will be a flush of yellow flowers adrift in a sea of green


Lady Carol
04-05-2007, 09:11 PM
How long have you had that orchid, Howard? Just curious if you are a really really successful orchid grower or just someone who has got into it recently and having first time luck. You know that sort of thing.

I generally get first time luck with a new experiment at work and then it takes me about a dozen other goes to get it working consistently.

Hang on, I suspect you are successful at this as you said this year it looks as though it could be a good year
You wouldn't have said that if you didn't have at least a previous year for reference. So what are your secrets to orchids?

04-05-2007, 09:15 PM
This orchid above I have had in my posession about 20 to 25 years. Pretty much a newbie. I just purchased some new ones but overall I have had orchids for decades.

This one and a brown orchid are the ones I have had the longest. The brown one is generally in bloom when I get home in the fall.

Lady Carol
04-06-2007, 12:02 AM
So what are your secrets to orchids?
Hmmmm!!!!?????? :D

04-06-2007, 02:50 AM
Benign neglect.

04-06-2007, 05:06 AM

Well, this is the final transfer of this orchid. I don't know if I did it right or not but time will tell. The bigger part went to the garden center to be properly transferred. I haven't seen this orchid on the market for a very long time so I want to be sure to get at least one good planting. Sure do hope I haven't made a mistake by having it replanted.


Current project in the yard. We have been so dry the grass is all brown and dry. The bed is a new shape and the grasses are recently planted. I replaced the edging from wood to concrete. The banana plant is coming back and the travelers palm is new. I removed the canna lilies and the halekonias as they were just to freeform. Another 12 feet of weeding and mulching and this bed will almost be done. You can see my pineapple plants there and they are both bearing fruit. Hope it ripens before July.

04-06-2007, 04:36 PM

Lady Carol
04-06-2007, 08:59 PM
Benign neglect.
:lol: So that is where I am going wrong. Thanks for the tip. :D

04-06-2007, 09:09 PM
Orchids like moisture but not to much fussiness. Fertilize every couple weeks with what would be considered half strength and keep air flowing. If you have a dry environ, a tray with pebbles and then filled with water but just below the top of the pebbles, then place the orchid pot on that. It just raises the humidity around the plant.

That is why they do so well in bathrooms. Light is probably going to need to be brighter than one might think. Some can even take short runs of direct sunlight. The leaves should almost look pale in tone, if dark they are not getting enough light.

Lady Carol
04-06-2007, 11:59 PM
I have two orchids in the bathroom, these sort...


They flower every 6 months which is gratifying but I have trouble with other orchids. Alas they don't flower.

Actually my two orchids are in bloom at the moment :D

04-07-2007, 04:41 AM
Hi All

Howard what you say about orchids loving the bathroom atmosphere... too true. In our old house I had three huge floor pots with Cymbids. The stalks of flowrs the produced was too wonderful. I used to cut the blossoms off with a razor blade, starting from the bottom when fully opened. Cradeled in crushed plastic in an open basket I used to go round to friends in offices and shops and give them each an orchid to cheer their day. I had soo many. A joy to share such beauty. Mondays and Fridays was my walkabout days. But all the poor things died when we moved here. Sigh.

Anyway, got my quote from the gentelman next door. He can only work for me week ends. Hopefully the materials will arrive sometime next week.

Meanwhile my hubby took some photos of flowers he saw in the bush at the stables where he goes riding. Dont know what they are, but here is what they look like.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2007/60853-howard.jpg Dont know what these are but when they dry the break up off the stem and roll around like a ball. Decorators pick them, paint them gold and hang christmas lights and stuff off them.
Never seen these in my life! Dont know what they are.

And this is one of the seven date palms I grew from seed. Date fruit is huge and meaty and very sweet. One year in the pot to grow and one year in the ground, it is about 8 times bigger than when it was planted. With the winter rains it must get much bigger.

Thanks for all the orchid talk going in in the thread. The photos and information is just great.


04-07-2007, 05:08 AM
Hi Tereza
The middle pic is of blood lillies, I can't remember the latin name, the flowers first then large rounded very thick rubbery leaves, they grow very well over here.They are a bulb and multiply slowly over years.

04-07-2007, 05:59 AM
In the states we are told that this is a blood lily. Quite different.


I have two bulbs of these planted. Only one has ever grown for me and they are exquisite. Should be up in another month or so.

Tereza, these flowers are amazing. I really like the first two. Wow, what beauties.

I have to remove a cassia this week. It is starting to get a bit out of hand and gets way to big and is thwarting the growth of a crepe myrtle I have.

04-07-2007, 05:40 PM
Carol, that is a moth orchid (street name) or a phaleanopsis. They are supposed to be the easiest orchid to grow.

Got my reworked orchid back today and the instructions say it needs to be misted every day for the next six weeks. WHAT! I have never put that much effort into an orchid. It was a bit dehydrated I guess and needed some TLC and it is looking much better than when I took it in.


The fuschia is hanging in there and doing great.


The blue salvia came into bloom this week.


The forest grass is growing and starting to get its characteristic green striped leaves. It is growing, that is a big event.