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Posted 31 July 2010 - 02:52 PM

Hi everyone - just sharing some of the plants currently blooming for me. The erratic weather this year has proven to be a real boon for growers. I have plenty of plants coming into bud now and will continue to share them as they flower.

Lc Chyong Guu Swan - plant has nice proportion, steady grower, easy bloomer once established

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0902sweb.jpg

Lc Gila Wilderness - I have doubts about the label but this is a catt that loves to show off. Both old and new pbs bloom in sequence and together

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0894sweb.jpg


P violacea alba - love the scent and the look of purity

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0918sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0882sweb.jpg

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 03:31 PM

P violacea - cant wait for all spikes to bloom out at one go

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0928sweb.jpg


P bellina - love both the wild and more refined forms

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0927sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0924sweb.jpg


P bellina - unusual wild form with plenty of green

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0870sweb.jpg


P bellina/violacea - dark coerulea form

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0874sweb.jpg
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 03:32 PM

Some bellina/violacea hybrids which are easy growers/bloomers

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0917sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0922sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0925sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0884sweb.jpg

Some P venosa hybrids - bright intense colors

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0903sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0916sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0889sweb.jpg


Other assorted novelty phals

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0908sweb.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0872sweb.jpg
note: this hybrid Dragon Tree Eagle x Nobby's Fox has produced a very varied group of offspring. I have this yellow one, a green one, and even a deep brick red version. All grow very well here.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0873sweb.jpg


More coming soon. Enjoy and happy growing :)/>

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 05:39 PM

Wow... these are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 08:41 PM

Hi Rex, very nice flowers.

Thanks for sharing and A BIG WELCOME BACK :welcome:/>
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:53 PM

Lovely blooms, rex! I can't imagine how your garden looks like with so many blossoms!

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http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0908sweb.jpg



This looks really nice, a P. lindenii hybrid?
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 11:18 PM

View PostRon, on 31 July 2010 - 08:41 PM, said:

Hi Rex, very nice flowers.

Thanks for sharing and A BIG WELCOME BACK :welcome:/>


Thanks Ron - was just a quiet Saturday so I thought I might as well get the camera out, take some shots for practice :)/>
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Posted 31 July 2010 - 11:27 PM

View PostNeverend, on 31 July 2010 - 10:53 PM, said:

Lovely blooms, rex! I can't imagine how your garden looks like with so many blossoms!



This looks really nice, a P. lindenii hybrid?


Thanks Neverend - I finally moved house and its been really nice to finally be able to grow with real sunlight. I do not miss my balcony HID lights at all.

I keep my sunlovers in the frontyard and my shadelovers in the back. The catts reaction to plenty of natural sunlight has been truly amazing. Just a bit of feed and their pbs start to swell up nicely.

As you know, I grow mainly in sphag moss. I have had no problems using this media in the open. In fact, my catts are growing so much better due to the light and constant moisture. My phals however do live shaded with only the fully mature plants on mounts getting some rain exposure.

I am not sure if this is a lindenii hybrid. A friend fostered it out to me and its been blooming continuously for months now.
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Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:06 AM

View Postrex, on 31 July 2010 - 11:27 PM, said:

Thanks Neverend - I finally moved house and its been really nice to finally be able to grow with real sunlight. I do not miss my balcony HID lights at all.

I keep my sunlovers in the frontyard and my shadelovers in the back. The catts reaction to plenty of natural sunlight has been truly amazing. Just a bit of feed and their pbs start to swell up nicely.

As you know, I grow mainly in sphag moss. I have had no problems using this media in the open. In fact, my catts are growing so much better due to the light and constant moisture. My phals however do live shaded with only the fully mature plants on mounts getting some rain exposure.

I am not sure if this is a lindenii hybrid. A friend fostered it out to me and its been blooming continuously for months now.


Well, in terms of sunlight, nothing beats the real thing :D/> Glad to hear that you got a nicer place for yourself and your plants now.

Sounds great, but for my C. maxima in sphag moss, it doesn't seem to be doing that well, perhaps it's a species that prefer drier conditions.

That's a nice plant your friend got, I suppose it from J. Wu?
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Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:11 AM

View PostNeverend, on 01 August 2010 - 12:06 AM, said:

Well, in terms of sunlight, nothing beats the real thing :D/> Glad to hear that you got a nicer place for yourself and your plants now.

Sounds great, but for my C. maxima in sphag moss, it doesn't seem to be doing that well, perhaps it's a species that prefer drier conditions.

That's a nice plant your friend got, I suppose it from J. Wu?


Yes I am quite happy that I now have the real thing! Especially for the catts - sunlight (until their leaves become a bit warm to the touch) is like manna from heaven.

As for my friend's plant, I did not see a label so I cant be sure. He does tend to get nice phals from J Wu so I would not be surprised.
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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:25 AM

As always, such well grown plants and lovely blooms, rex. Glad to see you back. Few people share their growing knowledge as much as you. :flowers:/>
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Posted 01 August 2010 - 09:19 AM

Its so wet and grey outside - may these blooms cheer everyone up this rainy Sunday morning :)/>

Some blooming phals from my backyard:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0806web.jpg
note: very floriferous but the blooms are spaced a bit too far apart on the stem

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0813web.jpg
note: holds spikes well and should bloom on all 5 spikes when the weather gets warmer

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0814web.jpg
note: one of the loveliest and most easy to grow forms of P Princess Kaiulani - everyone should have one

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0819web.jpg
note: another form of Princess Kaiulani - grows well but not as vigorous as above

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0822web.jpg
note: local phal grower Moi Hwa has made many variations of this crossing with all result proving floriferous and showy

Happy growing :)/>

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 04:10 PM

Wow, your flowers are really amazing. I'm new to orchids (and gardening in general) and was told Catts were very difficult to grow in our local climate.

Do you catts get exposure to rain and how much sun do you expose them to? I put one i bought under the tree and while the plant was ok, the flowers died very quickly and I wonder if it was because of the rain that collected at the base of the stalk causing it to rot.

Anyway, you beautiful pictures definitely cheered up my grey day.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 05:18 PM

View Posttlh72, on 01 August 2010 - 04:10 PM, said:

Wow, your flowers are really amazing. I'm new to orchids (and gardening in general) and was told Catts were very difficult to grow in our local climate.

Do you catts get exposure to rain and how much sun do you expose them to? I put one i bought under the tree and while the plant was ok, the flowers died very quickly and I wonder if it was because of the rain that collected at the base of the stalk causing it to rot.

Anyway, you beautiful pictures definitely cheered up my grey day.

LH


Hi

My catts are grown exposed to the all the elements under 50% shade aluminet shade cloth. I find that this type of silvery shade cloth diffuses light better and provides some heat rejection so that the growing area stays a bit cooler on average.

To grow well, catts need to be exposed to quite a bit of light. On a balcony, they will thrive with 5-6 hours of full morning sun. In the garden, they would be very happy under a frangipani or coconut tree exposed to as many hours as possible.

If you expose the blooms to the elements, they wont last long. This is especially true of exposure to rain. This is why I move my plants in bloom to shelter so that I can enjoy them for longer.

Try not to baby your cattleyas. Its perfectly fine to expose them to the elements even rain. However, after prolonged rain, I will not water them for up to 2 weeks especially those plants that are growing in sphagnum moss. This facilitates a bit of drying out which is especially important near bloom season.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:45 AM

View Postrex, on 01 August 2010 - 05:18 PM, said:

Hi

My catts are grown exposed to the all the elements under 50% shade aluminet shade cloth. I find that this type of silvery shade cloth diffuses light better and provides some heat rejection so that the growing area stays a bit cooler on average.

To grow well, catts need to be exposed to quite a bit of light. On a balcony, they will thrive with 5-6 hours of full morning sun. In the garden, they would be very happy under a frangipani or coconut tree exposed to as many hours as possible.

If you expose the blooms to the elements, they wont last long. This is especially true of exposure to rain. This is why I move my plants in bloom to shelter so that I can enjoy them for longer.

Try not to baby your cattleyas. Its perfectly fine to expose them to the elements even rain. However, after prolonged rain, I will not water them for up to 2 weeks especially those plants that are growing in sphagnum moss. This facilitates a bit of drying out which is especially important near bloom season.


Hi rex,
Thanks. Now I know. I've been one step behind. Time to move the catt (actually a blc) back to under a tree. I had brought it into shelter when the blooms were withering. Anyway, can see a new growth coming out. Fingers crossed.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:33 AM

View Posttlh72, on 02 August 2010 - 07:45 AM, said:

Hi rex,
Thanks. Now I know. I've been one step behind. Time to move the catt (actually a blc) back to under a tree. I had brought it into shelter when the blooms were withering. Anyway, can see a new growth coming out. Fingers crossed.

LH


Yes pls move that catt back out into sunshine. Make sure your tree is not too leafy or else it might be getting inadequate exposure. It is recommended to give your catts more light as the new growth matures. I routinely move my plants around during their growing season to give them more light or less light as necessary. More exposure and more drying out as the bulb near maturity is impt in stimulating the bloom cycle for many catts.

Happy growing.
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:06 PM

Beautiful blooms once again rex, and I am intrigued by this particular one below, may I know what is its ID?

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http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii316/twofish69/IMG_0813web.jpg

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:28 PM

View PostNeverend, on 02 August 2010 - 09:06 PM, said:

Beautiful blooms once again rex, and I am intrigued by this particular one below, may I know what is its ID?


I know for sure its a violacea alba hybrid. It did not come labelled. The blooms are a lot rounder than this. I guess the plant is still adjusting to the conditions. I find that the first blooming is usually off but by the next set of blooms, the true shape is restored.
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:42 PM

Rex, welcome back! You are back in FULL FORCE to intoxicate us! LOL. Your plants are absolutely gorgeous!
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:50 PM

View PostChingHsi, on 03 August 2010 - 10:42 PM, said:

Rex, welcome back! You are back in FULL FORCE to intoxicate us! LOL. Your plants are absolutely gorgeous!


Thanks its good to take a sabbatical and come by fighting fit ahahah - anyway with my move etc, it took a bit of time for everything to settle down and start blooming again.

A nice selection of different genera coming right up....akan datang.

Feel free to PM me if you need any advice - I will see how I can help :)/>

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