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1—7 December

From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Growing in a cool climate
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 08:20

Hi all,
I live just outside Aberdeen and have taken all my orchids into the house
because of the weather.
The snow was 18 inches deep yesterday and there was another six inches
My day is spent digging out paths round the house and to the fantastic 4 x 4
which my son has.

Change of Topic

The idiots who say 4 x 4s are not necessary should try and survive up here for a
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all.
P.S. The snow is falling again.

tony garthwaite wrote re: [OrchidTalk] Growing in a cool climate

For the benefit of Tony Watkinson and others living in a warmer climate, I
attach a photo taken this afternoon of the garden behind our house.
If you look carefully, you can just make out the end wall of the greenhouse
in the centre of the picture.
As Geoff says, it gets expensive heating........but I don't smoke and don't
go chasing women now!

Enjoy Bangkok Tony!

Regards from a cool climate!

Tony G.

P.S. This is a colour photo ....... not 'Black and White'!


From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Angulocaste hybrid
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:45

Hi Dennis
I guess I do think of this group of plants as being rather large though I don't know much about them. I have had ones in a 4 inch pot about a foot or so high and that does not sound much − however the ones I grew had large leaves and a spread ( and shading) considerably more than the pot size.

I just have 3 now − L deppei, L skinneri and L aromatica. They are all on slabs of bark though I also have a couple more deppeis in pots. They seem to be doing fine. I think I wrote about trying it here about 18 months ago so it is still early days. I gather that all of these are sometimes epiphytes. I have them on bark that I grew moss on first − I had a hunch that would be a good idea. I will post some more photos of before and after in due course.


Dennis Read wrote RE: [OrchidTalk] Angulocaste hybrid

Peter, As I said earlier Eric Young are now makimg some dreat hybrids and they can be had through Burnhams. Foxdale Orchids also used to sell a good rangr of hybrids among their Stanhopeas at Peterborough. Ecuagenera also will import species and some hybrids to main UK shows.
Why it is assumed that all Lycaste, Anguloa and their hybrids are large I do not understand. Many of mine are in 4 inch pots and are 18in (45cm) tall.
Andy, best of luck growing on bark. In Ecuador we only saw 1 lycaste in a tree and that was in the fork that was full of leaves and moss


From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Bulbophyllym Elizabeth Ann Buckleberry
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:00

I bought this plant 7 years ago as a fairly small specimen and it has really taken off in the last couple of years. It is at it's best now with 12 spikes open and there is not a mark on any of the leaves. It is growing in a 20cm square shallow basket − the kind sold for pond plants and is now growing down the sides and in through the bottom mesh. It is amazing how many plants really like the edges − and hanging over them.



From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Bulbophyllym Elizabeth Ann Buckleberry
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 17:10

Beautifully grown and flowered Andy. How do you do it ? I had one much
bigger , but it never flowered as well as this, and when it got too heavy
and I worried about the wire it was hung from, I ended up breaking it up and
taking a hundredweight ( I exaggerate − but certainly a large box full of
4-5 bulb pieces, to my orchid society and saying help-yourself. )

What is the compost you use − and any other tips, please ?



To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Bulbophyllym Elizabeth Ann Buckleberry
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 21:05


excellent job.

I have one similar. I have only been able to flower when I put it in a lot of
light. but it grows like a bad weed for me. how do your treat it?



From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] a couple of pics
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:05

Thanks Geoff for your suggestions about the Paph. Following your suggestions I though maybe it is a P dayanum hybrid. Looking through these I see there is one called P Caligare I could well see how that might morph into Gagre through hand-written labels/ poor writing / poor eyesight. It is P dayanum x P venustum

Any thoughts − or does anyone have a pic of P Caligare ?


Geoff Hands wrote RE: [OrchidTalk] a couple of pics


I have thought a bit about your Paph − wondered if GKK was an abbreviation for Gagaku − but that is a recent Ho Chi Minh hybrid, and there is nothing of that here. Gagre does not appear even in the latest ( Up to June 2010) Orchidwiz. . Actually it does not make me think of villosum at all but quite another species, which I can't think of at the moment. If you try trawling through species in the section insigne/barbatum etc, look at the shape of the rostellum − the inverted shield-shaped structure which is in the middle of the flowers − the pollinia are behind it. Old M. Lecoufle − Phillipe's pa − used to say that this is the most useful diagnostic part , and this one is distinctive − if only I could remember which one it is distinctive of.but iit is a nice thing, whatever it is really called.


From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] a couple of pics
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:15

Thanks Peter. These ones were taken with my little Canon Ixus 970 IS. It was on a tripod and with no flash. The light was very poor − hence the graininess. It is a fine little camera and takes very good shots and I use it sometimes for bigger flowers and always for travelling. The problem is that I cannot get it to focus exactly where I want and this is crucial for the miniatures I often post. Even using a velvet background − it sometimes takes a fantastic pic of the nap of the velvet but the flower is out of focus.

Mostly I use my Nikon D80 with a 60mm AF Micro Nikkor lens. I normally use it manually.


Peter Fowler wrote RE: [OrchidTalk] a couple of pics

Nice pics Andy. What camera and lens do you use?


From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: orchids of the Solomon Islands
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:30

The first orchid I ever grew was when I worked in the Solomon Islands in the mid 70s. As I remember it had fallen during a monsoon storm and I tied it to a coconut tree just outside my house. I did not know anything much about orchids then − I was working as a zoologist and the place was awash with strange animals to attract my atttention.

The orchid flowers were greenish brown on a pendant stalk and as far as I can remember they looked like a small cymbidium. Does anyone what cyms or similar are found in this area Solomon Islands or Papua New Guinea. I know that some books and papers on orchids of the Solomons have been written but I don't have access..... I'd love to know what it was .... sentimental reasons.



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