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1—7 May

From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] D anosmum
Date: Sun, 02 May 2010 16:15

Hello Andy − My D. anosmum has some tiny bumps on the two latest canes, similar o your photo so lets hope for some flowers. I must make a diary note of it and see if it is the regular time or just late this year.
Regards
Alex Scott

Andy wrote re: [OrchidTalk] D anosmum

> Hi Alex

> I just noticed today that my D anosmum is showing the first signs
> of flowering − pic attached. I have also found a set of records I
> kept for flowering in 2004. That particular plant flowered in June
> of that year.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Fwd: Malvern Spring Show, PIOS and other forthcoming events
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:45

May be of interest to some.

------ Forwarded message ------


From: Keith's Plant Books
Date: 04 May 2010 1445
Subject: Malvern Spring Show, PIOS and other forthcoming events

Keith's Plant Books

May 2010

For those of you going to the Malvern Spring Show (Thursday 6th -
Sunday 9th
May) I thought you might like to know where I am selling − some
people have
previously said they never found me! I'm in the Wye Hall, stand
WH356,
amongst the Plant Societies. Full details at
http://www.threecounties.co.uk/springgardening/index.html

This year for the first time there is going to be Botanic Art − quite
surprising that it hasn't been there before − and 12 artists
including some
well known names will be showing. It should be an attractive and
interesting new feature.

I will be taking as wide and interesting (and hopefully tempting!)
range of
books as I can, but if there is anything in particular you would like
to
look at without obligation then please let me know as early as
possible and
I'll try my best to find and bring it with me. I'm travelling from
home
each day so can try to pick up messages and stock as necessary.

On the Saturday I will have a range of Alpine plant books for those
attending the Alpine Plant Show.

Other forthcoming plant events that I will be supporting are:

Plant Hunters' Fairs − National Memorial Arboretum, near Burton on
Trent
23rd May

Plant Hunters' Fairs − Adlington Hall nr Macclesfield Cheshire 30th
May

Please see http://www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk/ for details

Gardening Scotland − Edinburgh Friday 4th − Sunday 6th June

Please see http://www.gardeningscotland.com/information.php for
details

The Gardening Show − Stansted Park, Sussex Friday 11th − Sunday 13th
June

Please see
http://www.thegardenshowonline.com/gardenshow_stansted_2010/index.html
for
details

Peterborough International Orchid Show Friday 18th − Sunday 20th June
- Part
of the East of England Show

Please see http://www.peterboroughinternationalorchidshow.org.uk/ for
details

If there are any books you would like to see without obligation at
any of
these events then please let me know.

Hope to see many of you at these events.

Keith Larkin

------ End forwarded message ------

--

Tricia

Change is inevitable....except from vending machines.

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: early spider orchid
Date: Wed, 05 May 2010 15:40

Photos taken near Swanage on May 3rd. There were thousands of them

Andy

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From: Peter Hieke
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Spider orchid
Date: Wed, 05 May 2010 18:20

Can anyone enlighten me? Why is it called "Spider Orchid?

Regards

Peter

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Spider orchid
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 08:00

Hello Peter,

Because of it's two little black eyes, staring at the observer.

And also, it depends on the observer, the body shape etc.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Spider orchid
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 08:55

Explanation 1, Some people don't actually know what a spider looks like -
they are arachnophobes- frightened of spiders, so when they see one they
look away. So they see this flower and think it looks like a spider. (I've
just made this up − but I like it ! )

I know of at least three genera of "spider orchids" btw ; Brassia ( South
American) , this British one − maybe its an orchis (?) − not my field of
expertise ! and the Australian one , name forgotten. They are quite
unrelated apart from being orchids. Being a bit of an arachnophile ( spider
lover) I do know what they (spiders) look like, and I can say quite
definitely, that I would not think any of the spider orchid flowers looks
like a spider.

Explanation 2. The name comes from someone who was almost blind.

Geoff

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Spider orchid
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 10:50

The staring "eyes", the hairy lip and with those markings all evoke the
image of a spider rather than being an exact copy. I think flower naming
has more to do with poetry than prose.

Andy

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 15:30

I wasn't able to make it to Devon Show last weekend but sent along a few plants including these 3.

Pleuro linearifolia (white flowers) just at it's peak. Not easy to photograph. In fact it's in trying to do so that I realise just how sophisticated vision is. Anyway the judges liked it and it won Best Species and Best in Show.

Pleuro tubatus. (orange) This is the best it has been for me. It has improved since I put it on a mount a couple of years ago. Got Award of Merit.

Pleuro grobyi (yellow) Another that does not look great in a photo but a splendid sight in the flesh. This got best Pleuro.

And a bonus is that with these tinies they come back from the show still un-battered by the experience.

Andy

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: oh and...
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 15:40

..... I also got the Best Dendrobium Hybrid and Best Hybrid for this Dendrobium Spring Dream Kumiko. Fantastic perfume to boot!

I am pleased as punch with this crop of rosettes, especially as last time (Bristol and West Show) I put in about a dozen plants incliuding a couple of sure-fire winners − and got nothing.

Andy

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Early spider orchid.
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 17:55

Hi Peter and other interested Members,

Perhaps this will help you to understand why it is called the Early spider orchid.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Green Veined Orchid
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 18:00

Hi all,

I still hate it when people describe this orchid as the 'Green Winged Orchid'. If a bird was described as shall we say, the 'Green winged plover', then we expect to see green wings.

The orchid in question does not have green wings, but it does has veins running up and down the sepals and petals, and they are green.

Hence my Ode.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Alan Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 18:50

Well done! I am pleased to hear that there were some discerning judges
at the show because it is my experience that so often small cool grown
plants are overlooked in favour of the immediately eyecatching warm
grown plants. In fact, on one occasion I was told that my 'tiny' could
not be judged because no one there had any knowledge of that specie! I
have not bothered to show since. Excellent photos to boot!
On 6 May 2010, at 15:32, Andy wrote:

> I wasn't able to make it to Devon Show last weekend but sent along
> a few plants including these 3.
>
> Pleuro linearifolia (white flowers) just at it's peak. Not easy to
> photograph. In fact it's in trying to do so that I realise just how
> sophisticated vision is. Anyway the judges liked it and it won Best
> Species and Best in Show.
>
> Pleuro tubatus. (orange) This is the best it has been for me. It
> has improved since I put it on a mount a couple of years ago. Got
> Award of Merit.
>
> Pleuro grobyi (yellow) Another that does not look great in a photo
> but a splendid sight in the flesh. This got best Pleuro.
>
> And a bonus is that with these tinies they come back from the show
> still un-battered by the experience.

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From: francis quesada pallares
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 07:55

Andy,

All I can say after your photos is ... WOW!

Great plants and lovely photos!

Francis

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 09:20

Alan, In Ecuador we saw, in an exhibition, Dracula vampiraand it was a mgnificent plant.
I have decided to get a small collection of large flowered Draculas. Do you know of a supplier in Europe.
Regards

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 11:30

It all depends on the judges Alan ; where I go to table show my plants
monthly, there is one influential and apparently persuasive judge who walks
straight past my Vandas , or at least is so cool about them that they get
no-where.

Supposedly they are point-marked with Well done! I am pleased to hear that there were some discerning judges at
> the show because it is my experience that so often small cool grown plants
> are overlooked in favour of the immediately eyecatching warm grown plants.
> In fact, on one occasion I was told that my 'tiny' could not be judged
> because no one there had any knowledge of that specie! I have not bothered
> to show since. Excellent photos to boot!

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From: Alan Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 16:20

Dennis, I'm also looking for Dracula vampira! Apparently told they
are quite rare in this country. One of the members at the Wessex OS
showed a beauty recently, which he said he got, "from his mate" − I
wish I could meet this "mate"...

I haven't found a supplier in mainland Europe, but Roy Barrow is the
representative for Ecuagenera and has the occasional shipment from
them. They don't appear to have any vampiras at present,
unfortunately. If anyone knows of another supplier, please send info
to the list.

--

Alan

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From: Peter Hieke
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Spider Orchid
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 17:10

Thank you to everybody who tried to give an explanation for the name
of Spider Orchid, although none is really convincing. I just accept
that this plant is known under this name.

Peter

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From: Peter Hieke
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Awards and Judges
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 17:15

I found this in the April 2010 issue of ORCHIDS AUSTRALIA:

Orchid Awards are like fish nets:
they often catch the large and splashy
and let the small and sweet go.
Roger Rankin
Orchid Wise

Peter

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] oh and...
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 17:25

A good one this ; I almost bought one when we visited Burnham recently , but
balked a bit at £20 for a single cane- even if it was a good big one and
flowered all the way down to the pot.When you take some flowered leafless
canes off, how about a bit of propagating ?

Geoff

Andy wrote re: [OrchidTalk] oh and...

..... I also got the Best Dendrobium Hybrid and Best Hybrid for this
Dendrobium Spring Dream Kumiko. Fantastic perfume to boot!

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From: Peter Hieke
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 17:35

Hi Andy

Your Pleuros are just beautiful.

I had a tubatus in a pot with over 200 flowers, but for no apparent reason it just lost all its leaves,starting in thecentre
and eventually nothing was left, even repotting didn't help.

Peter

About Draculas. There is a Nursery in Germany, Manfred Wolff. He always had Draculas in his Plant List.
I'm trying to find his address.

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From: Peter Hieke
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Draculas
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 17:45

Hi Andy,

here is the email address: info@m-m-orchid.com
and the website:
www.m-m-orchid.com

Hope that you find what you are looking for.

Peter

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Spider Orchid
Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 08:15

Hi Peter,

I was watching a TV programme last evening about this and that, when some
spiders were shown. It was then that I got the idea of what type of photo
to send you, as one type of photo makes it more evident.

Watch this space.

Cheers, Rodge.

"Peter Hieke" wrote re: [OrchidTalk] Spider Orchid

> Thank you to everybody who tried to give an explanation for the
> name of Spider Orchid, although none is really convincing. I just
> accept that this plant is known under this name.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Spider
Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 08:25

Hi Peter,

Maybe this will help you understand why it gets such a name.

The markings on the back of some of our spiders are similar to the orchids 'tattoo' or 'brand mark', and when the flowers start to fade, the colour of the spiders body is more evident.

How does that grab you?

Rodge.

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From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans
Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 08:35

There is a common belief that a plant can flower itself to death . And in
terms of what you get when it does so, very nice too ; next year, when you
have to put your hand in your pocket to buy another, and the following years
when you are trying to grow it up to the same size as the one you lost, it's
different..

Geoff

Peter Hieke wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] 3 for pleuro fans

Hi Andy

Your Pleuros are just beautiful.

I had a tubatus in a pot with over 200 flowers, but for no apparent
reason it just lost all its leaves,starting in thecentre and
eventually nothing was left, even repotting didn't help.

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From: Tony Watkinson
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: More on Viruses
Date: Sun, 09 May 2010 07:55

An interesting article from the Scientific American about orchid virus. Take a look at the slide show.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?idvirus-ravages-orchids&photo_id693476B8-D477-4BD0-372A72679CECB0CD

Regards

Tony

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