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    Cymbidium tracyanum spike development

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments. Dot, this is a big species. Here's a photo of the entire plant. Steve
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    Cymbidium tracyanum spike development

    Flowers! All but one of the buds have now opened. The fragrance is good, although not extravagant, and reminds me of some sort of fruit (peaches?). Although this species probably isn't overly fond of our hot and humid summers, it's proven to be quite adaptable. The lip is covered in these nifty...
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    New Lightstand

    You're a much wiser guy than I am. It's usually whenever I find the first grasshopper of the growing season (often observed as it's sitting on a flower spike while enjoying a nice al fresco orchid salad) that I begin to question the wisdom of summering the plants outdoors.
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    Cattleya walkeriana var. semi-alba

    Actually I just threaten some of the orchids with the goats. Either that or walk them out to the far corner of the back yard to the compost pile to show them what their future might hold if they are reluctant to produce blooms. I don't know that it has any value other than proving to my...
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    New Lightstand

    That looks fantastic, Justin. Very cool set-up, and much more efficient than my tactic whenever I get too many plants (which is to sneak them into other rooms of the house when no one is around to give me a dirty look, in the hope that the invaders won't be noticed on the previously unoccupied...
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    Baskets, what to plant?

    Do you have any of the parvisepalum group that you can experiment with? Basket culture might be ideal for the stoloniferous growths (like the ones on my Paph micranthum that keep going round the inner edge of the pots and popping up away from their nearest neighbors). It will be interesting to...
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    Too much light?

    This has been my observation as well. All of my plants go outdoors during the summer on an east-facing porch where they are exposed to direct sunlight from early morning until around 11 AM, at which point the paphiopedilums are protected from any further direct sunshine from the plants that are...
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    Cattleya walkeriana var. semi-alba

    Hot/humid/wet summers followed by cool/dryish winters are what I provide for this species. It can be acclimated to take lots of sunlight, and it's adaptable to extremes of temperatures (100 F summer days/45 F winter lows--although I try to keep the temps between highs of 85 and lows of 55...
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    Cattleya walkeriana var. semi-alba

    Great fragrance, and since the plant is small it makes a good companion for the paphiopedilums. It does have a rambling growth habit, however, which is kind of annoying, but I may mount it within the next month or so to let it grow how it wants to instead of trying to coax it into being...
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    winter white Cattleya

    Anything with C. Bow Bells in its background would be a good choice, especially if you're interested in fragrance. This one is C. General Patton, an old Bow Bells cross from 1952. It's currently flowering in my sunroom and the blooms are really fragrant (thanks to C. mossiae and C. gaskelliana...
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    A glimpse of my greenhouse

    What a great set-up you have. That wall of paphiopedilums (in the photograph with the three Maudiaes in the foreground) is impressive (and a little intimidating). I really like the mystacidium. You're lucky to live in an area where the angraecoids grow naturally. The bird is also great. Steve
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    My Den.collection

    Good amount of diversity on your list. What variety of speciosum do you have? I've got a few plants of that species, and they're tough as nails. Have you tried Den. anosmum? The plant stems, at up to 4 feet long and pendant, are rather ungainly, but the strong raspberry scent of the blooms is...
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    Lady Isabel

    Those are stunning, Adam. Has the rothschildianum parent imparted any cool-temperature tolerance to this hybrid? I love the look of stonei, but would never try to grow one due to its warmth requirements. Congrats on your flowers. They're way cool. Steve
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    winter white Cattleya

    Hausermann's also has Bob Betts. Around $50 (plus shipping) will get you a huge plant with multiple leads. Flowers are like C. mossiae's on steroids and share mossiae's wonderful fragrance (although Bob blooms at the "wrong" time of the year for a plant that's got a lot of mossiae in its...
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    Paphs on a rock wall (India)

    Outstanding photos and a great collection. But I agree with Trithor, this is all quite depressing. Maybe next spring I'll upload a few pictures of the stunning dandelion display in my back yard, which should at least earn some sympathy points for me. Steve
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    Cymbidium tracyanum spike development

    That's all I needed to know. Part of my dog's daily routine is to lick the sugar deposits off the cymbidium buds. Just in case that's a prelude to chewing off a spike, the plant is now coming off the floor and going onto a bench.
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    Cymbidium tracyanum spike development

    This is, admittedly, something of a boring picture. But considering that I carelessly broke the developing spike off last year when moving the plant around, I'm pleased that my Cymbidium tracyanum has forgiven me (or so I'd like to think) and is currently producing a robust spike. It appears to...
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    Paphiopedilum micranthum

    This is one of those species that would still be stunning even if it never bloomed. The flowers, being both beautiful and a little outlandish, just make it that much more attractive. And as others have stated, your photos are great. Congrats. Steve
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    Hello from the Midwest

    Thank you, everyone, for the warm welcome!
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    Hello from the Midwest

    Oh yeah, we're fine. Just a lot of wind and rain. Thank you for good wishes.
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