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May 2008 Archived Messages


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1—7 May

From: Max Redman
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Phallys − look away now if you don't like them − 15 different here − in flower in my greenhouse now.
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

Hi all,
I have not had any problem with getting the photos and attachments. I also
live in Sydney and use Optus as my ISP and Internet explorer for my mail.
Perhaps you should check with your ISP's as to why the pictures etc are not
there.
Max

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Phallys − look away now if you don't like them − 15 different here − in flower in my greenhou
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

Just to confirm that I do not get the attachments icon either!

Tony G.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: photos
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

Just to let everyone know I'm getting all the photos too since changing from the Digest to daily mail − thanks everyone − keep the great photos coming:) Jean

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Garden Centre Phallys.
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

Mornin' all.....raining yet again, so what better than to take some photographs !!!

In reply to Geoff's: I also have a rather large number of different colour forms of Phallys at the moment, some of which may be unknown to those members who buy their plants only in garden centres

Depends on where you go Geoff !!!!!

All of the attachments were purchased from 'Outlet Stores' 'Garden Centres' and 'Superstores'.

I for one do not like at all, the 'blotched' type of markings on Phallys, in fact I think the hybridisers have insulted them.

Rocky.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: phals
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

Beautiful photos Roger and beautiful orchids. I have the same types except for the last two. − Jean

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Phalaenopsis/Non reception of pictures.
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

Hello all,
My daughter told me today that the reason that some people don't receive the attachments is because our virus checkers and firewalls find certain string lengths in the attachments suspicious and delete the whole attachment, although the main body of the message is passed. As most malware is in the attachment, this is probably the reason. Maybe somebody knows more.
Here are a few Phallies.
David.

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From: John J. Rupp
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [!! SPAM] [OrchidTalk] Phalaenopsis/Non reception of pictures.
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008

David,
This was a good suggestion, but I had previously tried this, by turning
off my firewall and virus checker, before downloading, and it made no
difference. I received only the icons indicating attachments were
there, but were not viewable directly in the message, or by double
clicking on the icon. The attachments could be downloaded to a file and
viewed there.

Incidently, I received only two of your three Phally images, 27 and 28.
The icon was there for 29, but no picture could be obtained by any means.

John R

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From: Orchids
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phalaenopsis/Non reception of pictures.
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

Hello David

Thanks for the Information Idid received your Phallis alright.

Cheers

Les

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photography and Phalaenopsis.
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

Mornin' all, especially David,

David, your second photo.....as you may have seen I have a very similar one. When it gets really warm, there is a slight perfume from it, and no doubt due to the parentage.

However, this Phally and one other seemed to some degree to fool the camera's focus mechanism. Have you noticed this fact????

Or is it just me, or my camera???

Cheers Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] My Bl Yellow Bird
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

Mornin' Tropic,

Now that I have seen your photos I will hope to grow my plant to a size that gets it to send up such a nice spike similar to yours. It sure is a nice spike of flowers.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] plant well being
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

Mornin' Gavin,

Apart from your last sentence but one dealing with items which I know nothing about, I entirely agree with you.

It is plainly obvious what you say is correct.....just look at Mother Nature.

Seen any good cheap orchids for sale at the market ??

Cheers Rocky.

gavin horne wrote:

> I have a question i hope someone will be able to answer for me once
> and for all. I talk in reference to paphs and probably most
> orchids,When a plant (a paph for instance) flowers on a single
> growth people often advise to despike it, as it will set the the
> plant back and do possible damage.Firstly to my mind the plant
> would not produce flowers if it was not fully capable and had the
> nutrient reserves and conditions to be able to. Secondly, once the
> flowers are fully developed and the stem fully extended surely
> there are no further demands on the plants reserves providing all
> the conditions that brought it into flower are maintained, would it
> be true to say that all that is really required is light to power
> the internal reactions to maintain turgidity in the phloem and
> xylem vessels? I hope one of are members can answer these points
> for me!

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From: Ron Bower
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [!! SPAM] [OrchidTalk] Phalaenopsis/Non reception of pictures.
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

From Ronbow to David,
Same for me, only 2 viewable.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: photos and attachments
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

Ron are you using Outlook Express − well it's worth a check whatever your email program. Have a look in the 'options' and the tab for 'security' and make sure the box is not ticked which says 'do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus' − well it's up to you but some firewalls and antivirus programs will stop any attachments. I don't have mine ticked but my antivirus is so good that so far I haven't had one get through − I am attaching a photograph − others will see it and you may if you uncheck that little box − regards − Jean

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Phalaenopsis names, reception of my picture.
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

Hello Everyone,
There's definitely something odd going on with the pictures. I couldn't open my own picture either. Here it is again. I don't know it's name but if anyone could let me know I would be very grateful.
Hi Rocky,
I have quite a bit of trouble getting my photos in focus, mainly because it's a new camera, and also I find it difficult to focus on very small species Phals, notably that Phal hainanensis I sent last week. The flower is only half an inch in diameter.
By the way that orange Phal that you have like mine is called Phal brother pepride. I have also seen it called another name by one of our well known traders. The answer lies in the latest 3 Orchid Review magazines, Nov-Dec, Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, in Letters to the Editor. Looks as though you can call them anything you like, it doesn't seem to matter. Norma and myself quite often put on an Orchid display and we have been advised to give all plants a name or lose marks. I also enclose a photo of our latest display put up at Thames Valley Spring show.
David.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photograph
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

Here is a picture of Cypripedium kentuckiense. This was bought at the RHS Show in March with only the tip of a growth showing. Does this species usually grow at this speed ?
Regards from a very showery Devon.
PS. Have you considered that the virus/spam protectors may think that phally picky's maybe a code for a nasty bug as they are not in any adult dic

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Photograph
Date: Fri, 02 May 2008

On 02 May, in article ,
Dennis Read wrote:
> PS. Have you considered that the virus/spam protectors may think
> that phally picky's maybe a code for a nasty bug as they are not
> in any adult dic

I did a double-take the first time I heard that abbreviation...

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Tricia

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photograph
Date: Sat, 03 May 2008

Hi Dennis,
It would depend on the age of the plant. Remember that they are decidious. I would suggest that your plant is about four years old.
Gordon.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: tools
Date: Sun, 04 May 2008

lol you are quite Roger! Tools is it and yes I think some computers have a will of their own. There is so much security around now that it's a wonder we can get anywhere at all when browsing. Better safe than sorry though I suppose. I have a beautiful Phalaenopsis that I bought from Tesco − one of what I believe you call the 'paint-box' variety but I think it one of the best I've seen and it certainly grabs the attention of anyone who comes here. I'll photograph it later today and send it around. For all of you in U.K. who have been into Tesco's recently I'm sure you have already spotted it. There were quite a few on show in London too, if I remember rightly. − Regards − Jean

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photograph
Date: Sun, 04 May 2008

Mornin' Dennis,

Bugger the speed, what a most wonderful plant, and I am sure you are well chuffed with it. It sure is a particularly good colour type.

Envy, envy !!!

Thinking of our woodland plants Dennis, I suspect that its speed is about correct, especially if there is a wet and warm few weeks.

I will hopefully have a few photos of our wild orchids to show in a few days time.

Cheers Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photos.
Date: Sun, 04 May 2008

Hi David,

So, it appears that you also are having just a little bit of a bother with getting a good shot. My camera is a Canon Ixus 55, which I find just so very good, especially as I can just shove it into any pocket.

It has three options for automatic focus.

1. The 'normal' setting.
2. Macro.
3. Digital macro.

You would think that with these three settings that all would come out as good as we would like, but, I still think that for some reason, the patterning and the colour hue on some Phallys does not seem to allow me to get as good a shot as I would like.

Your small Phally.....have you tried the Digital Macro if you have that setting.

As it is now raining, I may have another go at the awkward Phally.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photography/
Date: Sun, 04 May 2008

Hello David, and all other interested super snappers !!!

I am slightly bewildered by camera settings, when they say 'Digital MACRO'. I guess we all think of MACRO as being so close to the subject, but in this case, the Phally was about five to six inches from the camera..........and bingo, I have got a descent shot at last.

If you have a go at it David, please let me know how you fare.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: gavin horne
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: ORCHIS MORIO
Date: Sun, 04 May 2008

Hi Roger and everyone, here are some piccy's i took on some cliffs down at Exmouth on saturday. I was absolutely astounded at the amount of orchis morio that where flowering, i estimate in two fields there must have been 5 thousand or more. I also managed to get a picture of a orchis morio alba form. enjoy! happy growing!Gavin

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From: Esther Koh
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk]ORCHIS MORIO
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Wow! It looks as if you can hardly walk without stepping on them! Thanks for sharing the photos.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk]ORCHIS MORIO
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Mornin' Gavin,

So nice to see that you have shown our native wild orchids to all who want to see them.

A word of caution matey.....the 'Green Veined Orchid' can be very mind boggling as to how many plants flower from year to year. Often a field will produce thousands as you did see, but the next year it may be considerably less, and so on. I like your last shot which shows people that they are not ten feet tall !!!!! So many people moan when they find that they have to lie on the ground to get a good shot.

The white and pink shades always show up the veins so well.

Cheers Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Lycaste.
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Hi all,

I will be shortly de-potting three of my Lycastes. They will be given a very close looking at, and especially the roots, with the aid of my home microscope, then, and only then will I re-pot them.

What I want to know is this:

1. Does anyone posses a photograph, or an illustration in a book which shows Lycastes growing in the wild.

2. And if such a photograph exists, does it show the plant in good detail, actually growing fixed to its host.

Not too much to ask for is it !!!!!

Maybe you can help me Jim?

Kind regards, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photos that Members end to the Club.
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Mornin' all,

As the rain has put paid to any gardening this morning, I will respond to Tricia's wishes and tell all of you how I post/send my photos for you all to have a look at..........meaning the correct size and the correct 'compressibility

First of all I take the photo, well now there's a thing.....I say this because it does not matter a damn if you take it with your camera's setting on the highest resolution or the least resolution, or indeed the size of the picture.

Then transfer it to your computer, STORING IT IN A FOLDER THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER KEEPS SUCH IMAGES.

I would suggest that you store your images in 'Thumbnail' view.

Now for some important information. My computer is set up with, Microsoft Windows XP, so the information that I give will no doubt be 'slightly' different if you are using 'Vista' or whatever.

Right then, you want to send a photo to the Club.

Go to the FOLDER and find the photo/thumbnail that you want to send. Left click ONCE on it to highlight it. Then look at the left hand side of the screen/monitor and you will see...................probably under FILE AND FOLDER TASKS.............a little envelope and the words 'E-mail this file'.

Mouse arrow over the words, and/or envelope and left click once.

'Magic'........up pops a little box, with a tiny picture of what you want to send with some information that we all read for just the first time, and we also see two small circles. Some people call them 'Radio Buttons' With your mouse, position the arrow over the Radio button for, 'Make all my pictures smaller', and put the 'Blob' in there. This is then good for all other transactions, for want of a better word.

Then hit the word, O.K.

Up comes the normal Outlook Express page that we all use to write to the Club.

Then I always delete the jargon in the message area and just carry on as normal.

I must admit that modern technology sure is good, as this method not only works but gives us all an easy method of showing our plants or whatever without any hassle.

Still raining so gardening is a no go today.....might just wander down to the greenhouse, but a more important task looms. I have to phone an 'Oz' mate who is over here for a while. I take him out into the New Forest to look at and photograph our wild orchids, and I must say that his arrival seems to have triggered the weather pattern.......................tomorrow and the rest of the week............warm, dry, and so much better. Maybe some of the 'Oz' weather has followed him over.

Cheers to you all, Rocky.

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Lycaste.
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Roger, Here are a couple of in-situ Lycaste/Ida that I took in 2006 in Ecuador. Of all the Anguloa, Ida and Lycaste we saw − about 50 − four were growing epiphitically on trees and the rest were growing among the moss, rotting twigs and grasses on the forest floor. It was possible that the Lycaste could have dried out from lack of rain in the dry ! season but the cloud would have kept them damp. I doubt that the Anguloa or Ida would have ever dried out.In nature the roots fravel a long distance in search of food − they are greedy growers.
The sun is shining and I now remember why we came to Devon. Regards Dennis

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: photos
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

I took these photographs this afternoon. The first two are of the same orchid bought from the local Tesco's. I've no idea what the name is as it's one of the type I believe Roger calls 'the paintbox variety' but I think it's really beautiful. The second is one my husband bought but we have lost the label and can't remembered what it's called − any ideas would be received gratefully. Thanks − Jean

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: lycaste
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Roger you can see a lycaste growing in it's natural habitat here: http://www.plant-habitats.com/content/v/Orchids/Lycaste_sp.jpg.html − Jean

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Posting photos to the Club
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Hi there all,

Still raining...................so what better to do then to show you how it turns out.....sending photos that is !!!

After I had taken the photos and stored them in 'THAT FOLDER', I had a good long look at them, and deleted what were not up to standard.

That left me with three images, numbered 3, 6 and 8.

In numerical order their sizes were.....978kb 948kb and 722kb.

When compressed using the method that I described all three came to the monumentous size of.......wait for it....bloody hell, just 57'6kb.

NOW THEN, to get them into the correct order [and I know I have spoken about this before, but some people may have missed it, others may be new to our Club] first, highlight number 8, and while it is still highlighted [with your mouse arrow over the thumbnail] hold down the 'shift' key [that's the key either side of the keyboard with the large arrow pointing towards the monitor] and while holding it down, move your mouse arrow over/drag it, over number 6 and then over number 3. Then move the mouse arrow onto the 'E-mail the selected items', and carry on.

I still have no idea why we have to go arse about face to get the images in correct order, but it works.

My three photos are of a Garden Centre Paph. Again, looking at the overhead shot, it shows the two petals have twisted in opposite direction ?????

Regards, Rocky.

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photos.
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Hello Rocky,
I think I have sorted out my problems with focusing on close-up pictures. It's a good idea to read the manual!!! although my manual is about 4 inches thick and I keep falling asleep after a few pages. I hadn't realized that I needed to put it on wide angle. Now I can see it focus when the shutter is pushed half way down. Having got that right, I now need to find out how to adjust the exposure, as the black cloth background makes the flowers over-exposed. It has manual aperture/shutter settings so I need to delve back into the manual again. By the way it's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2.
Now here is the question, what megapix setting do you use for photo's you send to the club? Did you see Tricia's reply to my last e-mail about having to reduce the pixel count of my pictures? I have been using 7.5 megapix which seems too big. I took some today at 4 megapix, although I think I need to use a smaller setting to bring it down to the required value.

Where's the rain gone? Went out today without an umbrella!!

Cheers, David

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Posting photos to the Club
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008

Hello Rocky
Thanks for the info about sending pictures. I was just asking you about that a moment ago, and then I received an answer in four minutes. My goodness you're a fast typist!!!!!

Cheers David

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Lycaste.
Date: Tue, 06 May 2008

Mornin' Dennis,

Thanks for the photos showing exactly WHERE orchids grow.....if only there were more of such photos.

I have not quite made up my mind what I will put in the pot to keep the orchid from falling over, so I may just wait a further week or so until I see the first root. Then I will de-pot the plant, have a look at the root under my microscope, and if the root is similar to a Paph, then I will pot it in my Paph mix.

Thanks for the information/photos.

Cheers Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Sending photos.
Date: Tue, 06 May 2008

Hi all,

Think I made a slight mistake.....................who me ?????

To highlight more than one photo to get them in correct order, it's not hit the key with the large arrow, but hold down the 'Ctrl' key while selecting them.

Cheers Rocky.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: orchid name
Date: Tue, 06 May 2008

Thank you Gordon − this morning my husband found the label!!!!! You are right it is called 'Emma Green'.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: orchid name
Date: Tue, 06 May 2008

On 06 May, in article ,
Jean Lewis wrote:
> Thank you Gordon − this morning my husband found the label!!!!! You
> are right it is called 'Emma Green'.

Hello Jean − would it be possible not to set a Reply-To address when
you send to the list? If there is already one set the mailing list
server will not override it. Sometimes I spot it and can change it,
but it is easy to overlook and then any replies go direct to you but
not the list.

For Outlook Express the following should work:

Click on the Tools menu and select Accounts.

From there, select the mail tab.

Then, double click on the default mail account.

In the window that pops up there should be 5 text input fields. The
last two are e-mail address and reply address. Unless these two
fields need to be different (which in your case they don't), the
reply address can be safely removed and the field left blank.

Kind regards,

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Tricia

Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: orchid name
Date: Tue, 06 May 2008

Thanks for the info Tricia. I've done what you suggest and hope all is well
now. I hadn't realized before that there was a problem − regards − Jean

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photos.
Date: Tue, 06 May 2008

Hi David,

As to the camera settings....................when I first bought my initial digital camera there was a table in it telling of Pixels and Megabytes and sizes etc. etc. Totally confused me....pixels/resolution )*&(*&^$^)(*(+)(&&^$$%££"$)_)_+)+&)(

In the end I worked it out by using good old fashioned common language.

The actual damned size of the picture, A4, A5, or just tiny.

Then the Quality of the photo.

So, on my camera I have FOUR size settings: Large/Medium1/Medium2/Small. I use Medium2.

Then on to the quality of the photo. There are three settings: Superfine/Fine/Normal. I always go for the best, Superfine.

Hope this may be of some use to you.

Cheers, Rocky.

David Martin wrote;

> Hello Rocky,
>
> I think I have sorted out my problems with focusing on close-up
> pictures. It's a good idea to read the manual!!! although my manual
> is about 4 inches thick and I keep falling asleep after a few
> pages.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: orchid name
Date: Tue, 06 May 2008

On 06 May, in article ,
Jean Lewis wrote:
> Thanks for the info Tricia. I've done what you suggest and hope all
> is well now. I hadn't realized before that there was a problem -
> regards − Jean

Thanks Jean. It has worked properly. The problem originally surfaced
some time ago (with other subscribers), while you were still on
'Digest' mode so it's not surprising you were not aware of it.

Regards,

--

Tricia

You need to be very careful when drawing up a specification, otherwise you risk getting what you ask for rather than what you want.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: list
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

I'm glad it worked Tricia − yes I did miss it before. Roger − no problem, I see you have had some better ones in. Any help from anyone with the culture of Lycastes would be great. I have two and can spot a life 'eye' beginning to grow on one but not the other. I repotted them yesterday in a very different mix in a desperate effort to get them moving and to do better this year. I'm pretty hopeless with Lycaste and only succeeded in getting one to flower − ever! I really like them and would like to succeed with them and have read just about everything I can find but it hasn't helped much. I am doing something wrong but just can't spot it. Jean

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From: Lynda Coles
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photos.
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

Hi David,

The other solution might be to alter the image size in#whatever photo-handling package you have on your computer.#There will almost certainly be a control which will allow you to alter the size using pixel settings, for example your photo may be 800 x 400 x 200 pixels (determined by your camera) you should be able to alter the pixel sizes to whatever you need. If you wish to keep the proportions correct then alter one setting and allow the computer to alter the others, but you should be able to alter any or all of them. I have 'photostudio 5.5' using canon settings for my canon EOS DSLR (this is a a fairly inexpensive programme and not the 'all singing, all dancing' ones that professional photographers might use) but#most/all digicams will have come with a computer photo-handling package and will probably have this capability. Changing the size of the image on the computer allows you to use best settings on your camera and takes the guesswork out of
the process.
Of course, if you do not have a photo-handling package on your computer and your camera package does not offer this option, then what I have said will be of no help to you and I may have confused you even more...........my apologies if this is the case... :)
regards,
Lynda

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From: N & T Burgess
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Jeans Phally? Doritaenopsis Minho Princess
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

I think this is the name of Jean's Phalaenopsis from Tesco, see attached photo, I have this flower purchased from Orchis floriculturing back in '04 at the RHS London Show.

Norma

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Parking at RHS Halls London
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

Hello everyone in the UK,

I went to the OSGB monthly meeting by car last Saturday, and found that the parking regulations have been changed to
"No parking Monday to Saturday inclusive" If you want to go to the London Orchid Show next year and thought you would go by car, then go on Sunday. It makes it very difficult to take home plants on the train.
David

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photos.
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

Lynda
Thank you for the information, I will have a good look at the camera manual. I managed to reduce four pictures to 360 Kb, but that is probably still too much. I can reduce the camera megapixel down from 10 megapixel to 2 in steps. All my pictures have been at 7.5 megapixel so far. I have just started using 4 megapixel for the orchid pictures and will see how far they are reduced.
The penny dropped last night, I have always written the email first and then tried to attach the pictures. They seem impossible to reduce that way, and then I selected the pictures first and reduced them. They can then be attached to an email. As I told Norma last night, I must buy a Vista hand book, teaching myself is difficult.
David

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] list. Lycaste
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

As I have said many times, − Lycaste are basically semi terristrial/ epiphitical. Dr. Henry Oakely, who holds the national collection of Lycastineae grows his plants in a 50/50 mixture of moss and perlite. This tries to replicate the conditions that they grow in naturally. The Eric Young Foundation ghrow in a mixture of bark and moss. I have grown mine in the moss/perlite mixture for 18 years with basically good sucess. Keep them fed and watered in the growing season and the for the deciduous species dry out from november on.
I accept that Roger will continue to promote growing in stones but mine flower. Regards from a brilliant Devon. Dennis

Jean Lewis wrote:

> Any help from anyone with the culture of Lycastes would be great.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Lycaste culture.
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

Good evening Jean,

Wow....another fabulous day.

Jean, you know how passionate I am about the roots of orchids, and that is why I am trying to get as much information as possible about the make up of Lycaste roots.

I did have a damned good look at true epiphytic orchid roots and what I saw was what we have been told. Those nice tiny roots that grab hold of the host tree or rock are on the side that rests up against the host.

I am sure that many of us will have seen them, especially if you put some orchids out in the summer against a brick wall.......Vandas especially. When you come to move them you will know what I am talking about.

This passion of mine got me to have a good look at Paph roots, as I never had any success with them at all.

Wow!!! To see a Paph root under a microscope is something else. Beautiful tiny roots growing all round the root. And in such quantity that very tiny pieces of grit were lodged in between them, and some other tiny items. BUT.....in capitol letters, it was plainly obvious that the whole structure would not like any items that readily rotted to lodge there.

That's when I formulated my own mix.....and boy have I done well, or should I say my Paphs have.

So, you can now see why I am determined to get it correct before I de-pot my three Lycastes and pot them up.

I should reckon that in a week or so, hopefully the new growths will be putting out roots, and it is then that I shall de-pot the plant and put the roots under the microscope.........and of course pass on my findings.

Kind regards, Rocky.

As my friend said, at our age [70] it is nice to have good health and sanity..............................not too sure about the second item, ha, ha.

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From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Phally
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008

Oh Norma many thanks!! I hadn't really hoped for a name for this lovely orchid and I'm so pleased to have it. Yes it's definitely the same one. I'll put a name tag on it first thing in the morning. Thanks so much − Jean

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