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May 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 June 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30
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February 1—7

From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Fwd: FW: Coel. mossiae
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 16:40

It is interesting that the spike illustrated in erect , not pendant.

Geoff

Jean-Claude GEORGE wrote on 31 January 2007:

> As for C.mossiae, I've just received "Orchids of Nilgiris" from India, with
> a drawing of the plant, I enclose it that you can make your mind.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Coel. oblongata/Phol. levelliana
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 19:25

Elisabeth et al, your drawing could be this. I've been persuing this problem ihrough the Orchid digest forum also. I have discovered that to keep it's flowers from dropping it must be sprayed daily.
regards from a very mild but dull Devon.

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From: Esther Koh
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Heating
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 04:05

Geoff,

Here is another photo of my plant. The petals are glossy too.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f359/rockhop/IMG_4120b.jpg

cheers,
esther

"Geoffrey Hands" wrote:

>I have Chongkolnee , and yes it does look a lot like your flower, but mine
>is much darker , and slightly glossy − Chocolate Drop is one parent . My
>Chongkolnee is a named variety ; maybe yours is true to name ? I think it
>likely.

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From: Esther Koh
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Heating
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 04:10

Silvio,

I live in the Far East :)

All the plants were purchased locally. The Clowesia was brought in by Jumbo
Orchids during a recent Garden Festival.

cheers,
esther

Silvio a Beccara wrote:

>Esther,
>
>can I ask you how you manage to bring orchids from far East into Europe?
>It looks like a nearly impossible task to me, and I believe people on this
>list have been discussing for weeks about CITES and importing orchids...

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From: Esther Koh
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Brassoepidendrum Kan Yuet Him
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 04:45

I noticed that the heading of my previous message was rather
misleading....apologies for not changing it.

Here is a picture of the same plant taken 2 days ago:
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f359/rockhop/IMG_4116b.jpg

cheers,
esther

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: my new web site
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 11:15

www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk

250 + orchids, some cultural notes, − and other matters..

Regards

Geoff Hands

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Fwd: FW: Days without
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 11:50

Jan,

Love your explanation!
Would you like to do my Psychrometry Lecture on Monday?

Tony ~G

"jan" wrote on Wednesday, January 31

> Well, a photon is a photon and then again not. What a photon is,
> actually, is a way of explaining away the strange fact that light seems
> sometimes to behave as particles and sometimes as waves − whether it is
> really what light is like, we don't quite know, but the idea seems to
> work well enough for most purposes.

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From: Silvio a Beccara
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Heating
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 14:35

I should've thought about this possibility :) ... you are very lucky about
Asian varieties, and also about the climate, I reckon... is a greenhouse
needed at all where you live?
cheers

Silvio

> Silvio,
>
> I live in the Far East :)
>
> All the plants were purchased locally. The Clowesia was brought in by Jumbo
> Orchids during a recent Garden Festival.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Web Site
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 19:15

Geoff, I was lucky to get your announcement of your new web site as I only checkit once a fortnight. A very proffessional site. Wish I had the patience and skill. Regards

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From: jan
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Fwd: FW: Days without
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 08:20

tony garthwaite wrote:
> Jan,
>
> Love your explanation!
> Would you like to do my Psychrometry Lecture on Monday?
>
> Tony ~G
>
Of course. What's psychromtry?

/jan

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] my new web site
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 08:40

Geoff,
I cannot find any trace of your site.
What engine are you using?
Gordon.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] my new web site
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 09:15

I am not sure why Gordon has problems finding my site − Dennis has already
looked at it ?

I do know that it works perfectly in Internet Explorer , but have not been
able to view it in Safari , as I don't have a 'mac any more.
I also know that it views in Opera, Mozilla Firefox , and Netscape Navigator
- although in all of these it is not the way I intended , and I am having to
study the programming language ( in which I am at present way out of my
depth ) or consider a complete redesign of the front page , to avoid the
rather large blocks of black which appear if using Opera etc as the browser
. BUT , in these browsers the stuff is all there -p it's just that it
appears spaced vertically down the page instead of neatly side-by-side.

Geoff

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From: GEORGE GARTHWAITE
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Fwd: FW: Days without
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 09:20

Study of air/water vapour mixtures. Topic is drying as a method of preserving food!!!
Geoff was trying to find charts for Humidity some time back.......they give the students nightmares.!!

On a more floral note, I have an oncidium "Fah" purchased in Thailand some years ago which is sending up three flower ing shoots. The most I have ever had from "Fah" is one! I wonder what I'm doing right??

Tony

jan wrote:
tony garthwaite wrote:
> Jan,
>
> Love your explanation!
> Would you like to do my Psychrometry Lecture on Monday?
>
> Tony ~G
>
Of course. What's psychromtry?

/jan

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From: Jean-Claude GEORGE
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] my new web site
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 10:10

Geoff, I did find your site, it's very fine, but your "contact" returns this error message:

The SMTP Server program

: Host or domain name not found. Name service
error for nameGeoff-Hands-me.uk typeA: Host not found

Elisabeth

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] my new web site
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 15:40

Excellent web site, Geoff − and the orchids are quite good too! Congratulations.
Tina

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: mail
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 17:05

I've just found this site. The photography is amazing in its diversity. I think it is worth a look.
Regards from a brilliantly sunny Devon

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From: jns tropic
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] my new web site
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 18:20

Geoff, I am very pleased to see your new site. I have
missed seeing your monthly changes. What is the file
size of each jpg? They look good and download
instantly. Where can I find your new pictures? I
have a problem with viewers not going to my albums
that they looked at but don't know that it may contain
new material. I do have pictures in a monthly page.
The current month is added to many times during the
month. What program are you using to design your
site? My TOG site is an 'Office Live' product. They
furnish a domain name and some very nice templates at
a price that I like -- free.
I have just uploaded a group of pictures that are all
wall paper size. The pictures on my site are only 450
pixels across and have a small file to facilitate
downloading my site. If you would like the large file
that is usable for your desk top background or as a
screen saver contact us. Both areas can be made into
slide shows. On my Linux desk top I have a slide show
that refreshes every 2 minutes.
Check out my site:
http://togofcoralgables.com/Wallpaper.aspx
If you would like a large picture go to the page
'contact us ' and tell me which pictures you want.

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From: Sylvain VAN DER WALDE
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk]
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 19:30

"Dennis Read" wrote on Saturday, February 03
> I've just found this site. The photography is amazing in its diversity. I
> think it is worth a look.

Stop your day dreaming, Dennis. Let us have the website's address.

Sylvain.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] my new web site
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 19:35

Those fingers of mine , they span two keys at once. The address should
pop-up as , not . I thought I had tested
it, but will go and look and put right if necessary. Thanks for telling me.

Geoff

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing: www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 19:45

charset"utf-8"

www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google SearchGeoff,
It is a complete mystery to me. Here is what comes up. Anyone else got any suggestions? .
Gordon.

Sign in
Google Web Images Groups News Froogle more #

Advanced Search
Preferences

Search: the web pages from the UK

Web

Your search − www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − did not match any documents.

Suggestions:
a.. Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
b.. Try different keywords.
c.. Try more general keywords.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Pot hangers
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 19:45

Can anyone suggest a source for pot hangers ? The 3 legged plastic sort
which clip on to the rim of the pot ?

I usually buy from Plants Plus (Roger ? ) but he is out of stock until he
visits his supplier in Marc h . I want a goodish number − like 50 or even
100 − I have several hundered plants hanging , and many of my hangers are
20+ years old and getting rather brittle. I can't seem to find any on the
internet , apart from buying pots and hangers together, and then I would
have to buy boxes of 50 of one size, which I don't actually want.

Suggestions will be welcomed.

Geoff

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Pot hangers
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 22:30

Plesteds sell the hangers separately. Tel: 01276 32947

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Tricia

Love may be blind but marriage is a real eye-opener.

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 01:20

www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search Hi Gordon,
Try reaching or searching for Geoff's site from Yahoo instead of Google. I had no problem that way. I don't understand why this is but often, when folks quote an URL, if one search engine won't let you in, another will.
John

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 06:10

You are not pulling up a cache view ? Google searches are stored..

Geoff

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From: jan
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 08:20

Strange indeed − even when I click the 'www/OrchidsAndMor.org.uk' in
your mail I get to this page immediately. But I remember a couple of
years ago I had a problem similar to this, because at that time the
browser makers suddenly found out it that it was a fab idea to push
Google and Yahoo on people whether they wanted it or not, so now if you
write a word in the search field and the browser doesn't recognise it as
an internet address, it will send it off to Google as a word to search
for. I finally found a way to disable this misfeature, but before that I
found that it would help if you typed in the complete web address with
the 'http://' in front:

http://www.orchidsandmore.org.uk

- perhaps that works for you too?

/jan

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] my new web site
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 09:00

Thanks for kind remarks.

File sizes ; If you take a whole page image − such as Bulbo.Elizabeth − [ go
to Orchid Images and choose "Uncatalogued Images" , then click on No.5 − ]
the apparent size of the image filling the whole of the screen ( on my 19
inch monitor ) is only 764bytes ! , but the page refers to an image (
inside the site) which is 111kb . Opened in Photoshop that image is 1000 x
781 px 2.23Mb ( @ 240 px/in) but saved at a compression rating of only 1
.
I think the page jumps on to the screen because of the 764bytes size which
is so small as to be negligible , but I don't understand why the 111kb image
is there instantaneously, and of course, in terms of quality, JPG is a
system for downsizing the image for storage, and up-sizing when viewed .....

The site was built in Dreamweaver . although some folk tried to put me off -
and in view of the cost, very nearly did , I found it child's play to use in
the Design mode, without worrying about code at all. ( My 12 year old
grand-daughter criticises me − she creates her web-sites entirely in code
and waits until preview to see what they look like , but she did say, rather
graciously , that my site is a bit more complex than the single page ones
she makes ! )
Everything − more or less − worked at first go , although I had a lot of
goes at changing styles, fonts etc, trying to get conformity of style , and
I'm not quite 100% satisfied yet.

The one area where I had real trouble was the flash file − playing 18 or so
different images one after the other automatically , on the front page − I
could get that to work on some browsers but not Internet Explorer almost 2
months ago , and I did not launch until I got it to run on all of the
browsers I could try ( couldn't try Safari as I don't have a Mac − but my
son tried it out for me and reports all well on three different Mac browsers
). I had to go into code to get this sorted − and ended up copying a chunk
of code from a Dreamweaver tutorial and making changes as to the file
pointed at, etc., − it was quite difficult using a keyboard with crossed
fingers !

Shamed by my grand-daughter , I have now started a project "Teach myself
PHP, CSS , MSQL and XHTML" so as to understand better , and hopefully be
more ambitious yet...

I will go and have a look at your wall-paper, but won't take up your offer
of a copy − I did a one day course on "optimizing your computer for imaging"
and learnt that all the pretty buttons, animated gizmos, wall-paper etc, not
only take up space out of the RAM but also slow things down quite a bit .
When I came home and stripped down my desk-top to the working parts, no
cosmetic parts, my systems really started to fly...
It's also important to get rid of everything not actually used from the
Start Programme − they all take time and memory − I am a fool at downloading
programmes which I think I'll want , and then put off trying , and when I
look at "all programmes" , and have to scroll to see them all − and have no
idea what 90% of them are ... it needs a Spring Clean , every now and then.

I intend to copy my C drive to an external drive, instal Vista − which
wipes the C drive clean, then go back to the external drive to fetch things
I want − one-by-one − and that way jettison the one's I don't need. But
that's a job for next week, after finishing an overhaul of a couple of
wet-benches, re-potting some Vandas, tidying the early daffodils which have
now gone over , doing a recce' on a walk I am leading in my local Ramblers (
which itself will be a 3.4 day job, ) − oh, and did I say , ? I'm trying
out a new Gordon Ramsay recipe which I am to cook for lunch. enough for
today !

geoff

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Senior Moment
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 09:55

Sorry. I must have had a senior moment. It should have been in the subject line − it is now in the ether.
Try www.ecology.org/ecophoto .
The sun is still shining in Devon

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Pot hangers
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 10:20

I think Jac Wubben stocks these.
Gordon.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 10:35

My understanding of the 'web is that the search engines send out "spiders"
which trawl through successful "hits", locate the pages, trawl through them,
and then make references from them. So the longer the site is "up" and the
more visitors it gets, the more reference to it can be found.

With my first site − 10 years ago almost , I eventually got up to almost a
thousand hits a month ( which is of course not worth mentioning in web-terms
- a new site mentioned in Newspapers such as "trace your ancestors, new
data-base" − can get a million hits in a week...) but after a year or two ,
even with my tiny numbers, you could enter the name of a plant on my site -
e.g. D. Pittoro Gold − and my site would come up as the only reference , and
even, if Google could not find a proper reference, my site would come as one
of a number of orchid sites.

But my new site has been up for a whole 48 hours now − or at least , there
has been something up there for a couple of months, but no hits, since I
didn't tell anyone, until it was running properly.

But come back in a few weeks, and I expect Google will know about it !

Geoff

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 10:40

Personally , if I am given a URL, I cut and paste it into the address bar,
and don't use Google or Yahoo , unless I get "page unavailable" and I am
surprised that others don't do this too ?

Geoff

John Stanley wrote on 04 February 2007;

> Hi Gordon,

> Try reaching or searching for Geoff's site from Yahoo instead of Google. I
> had no problem that way. I don't understand why this is but often, when
> folks quote an URL, if one search engine won't let you in, another will.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: www.OrchidsAndMore.org.uk − Google Search
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 19:10

Geoff, I agree but I thought I was missing something.
Regards

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Seed sowing
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2007 16:10

In the February edition of the OSGB (Orchid Society of G B ) There is an article concernig orchid seed sowing. At The Dijon WOC there was a lecture on sowing orchid seeds on cardboard but it was not written up in the proceedings. As far as I can read you cut strips of corrugated cardboard and place it with the holes vertical in a clear plastic sandwich box. Soak it with water in which dead leaves have been steeped. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface, put the lid on and place in a warm, light but not sunny position and wait.There are variations such as chopping up the cardboard in a food blender.
Has anyone any more info?
In Ecuador at Ecuagenera they were growing Sobralia seeds in wet peat in sealed jars. This seems very similar. Has any one a spare ripe seed pod for us to have a go?
Regards, The sun is still shining on Exmoor

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re; orchid event
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 23:55

Apologies if this has already been noted but I saw the website referred to in Orchids-request@orchidguide.com and thought some might be interested in what seems like good news.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/6331805.stm

Especially nice to note that someone somewhere is in a position to refurbish orchid houses. So many seem to be either in decay or limping along with inadequate funding.

John Stanley

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