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January 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 February 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-28
March 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 April 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30
May 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 June 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30
July 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 August 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31
September 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30 October 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31
November 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-30 December 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31

April 1—7

From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: some more pictures from me.
Date: Sun, 03 Apr 2011 18:05

I ended up buying a new PC as I may have said -,amazingly cheap these days ,
at least a thousand less than I paid for a far inferior specification a few
years ago. But it was worth spending the money not to have spend every
waking hour in front of the old one trying yet another software programme or
whatever or engaged in long telephone conversations to India , without ever
actually fixing it.

I also paid for a fix or replace warranty from PC World − £3.99 a month
can't be bad for peace of mind ; and they said that the chance of
transferring Malware with files, when the security software was already
installed and running was so low , and if they were wrong , then hey , fix
or replace !.

Whatever, back to our onions, or at least orchids. Here's what I am
uploading today

552 Ansellia africana , maybe this is var aurea, or lutea or something.
Plain yellow ones are not common I think. I have another plant which has a
few freckles of chestnut, I'm looking for the very heavily marked one , but
it is not a plant that's easy to find.

553 Ascda Bangkhuntien Gold x Chiangmai Gold ,p went on to have 18 or so
flowers.

554 cattleya Old Whitey ( was once a Blc I expect , but I've given up and
call them all just plain Cattleya, unless my brain snaps back into
yesteryear mode Lovely perfume as most big cattleyas have, and perhaps
whites especially.

555 Christieara Michael Tibbs . This too ended up with about 20 flowers ;
which reminds me does anyone know what happened to Michael Tibbs ? he went
back to South Africa with the Grahams ( Sylvan Orchids, as they were ) and
they were intending to start an orchid business together I believe, but
sadly Sylvia and Alan were killed in a RTA I heard.

556 This is the third of the (IMHO) worthwhile Coelias which I bought just
a few weeks ago. Not often available, and worthwhile orchids, I think.

557 Dend. Sulcatum. Has curiously flattened bulbs/canes. It is a lovely
flower, and scented too ; I'd like to grow a bg plant , but it does not seem
to grow very well at all , meaning I don't know how to please it .
Suggestions welcome.

558. dend fredericksianum ( or maybe it should be friedericksianum) is
rather nobile like, so that's how I treat it, and it does seem to be
improving year by year

559 Eulophia guinensis , flowers with the new growths ; is deciduous and
needs a hard but warm rest. My big plant was divided up a few years ago and
these are the first flowers since , but it has 6 new growths ( two
flowering) so it augurs well for the future. I shall feed it with Tomorite
in August to bulk up the bulbs before drying off again for the winter rest.

More when I get time , I have been taking pics when not grinding away at the
PC problem!.

Geoff

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From: Tony Watkinson
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] some more pictures from me.
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 00:05

This Den sulcatum (unfortunately not mine) was grown by a friend in the USA. He had every right to brag about it. It may give you some idea on how to get yours growing better Geoff.

Tony

Geoff Hands wrote re: [OrchidTalk] some more pictures from me.

> 557 Dend. Sulcatum. Has curiously flattened bulbs/canes. It is a
> lovely flower, and scented too ; I'd like to grow a bg plant , but
> it does not seem to grow very well at all , meaning I don't know
> how to please it . Suggestions welcome.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium sulcatum (was: some more pictures from me.)
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:10

Hi Tony, to give an idea of the local climate this magnificent plant
enjoys could you tell us where in the USA it lives?

For Geoff: I bought one of these from Peter White last year and he
said to hang it as near to the roof of the greenhouse as possible,
give it a lot of water and feed in the growing season, less water
(and no feed, obviously) in the winter. I am hoping this will produce
a better plant than the one I had previously, which existed for
several years but only flowered once.

Tricia

He who laughs last probably doesn't understand the joke.


On 04 April Tony Watkinson wrote:

> This Den sulcatum (unfortunately not mine) was grown by a friend in
> the USA. He had every right to brag about it. It may give you some
> idea on how to get yours growing better Geoff.

> Tony

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From: geoffrey hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Dendrobium sulcatum
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 07:25

Yes Tricia − just what I have been doing for a couple of years now.....

Geoff

ps I'm away from home ,on a walking holiday, and it seems the problem I found when in Africa, about sending e-mails applies here in Exmoor too − and when the penny finally dropped I turned again to hotmail. But back home tomorrow so don't shift my address in your system.

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From: Tony Watkinson
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium sulcatum
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:00

Sorry to take so long to get back to you Tricia, but life is so busy these days. I have no idea how I used to find the time to go to work.

My friend with the Den sulcatum lives in South Carolina if that is of any help to you.

It rained today. First time since late January, and that was just a sprinkle. The drought has broken? Not quite but it's a start.

Tony

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium sulcatum
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:00

No worries Tony, thanks for the info. A friend's aunt used to live in
South Carolina so I'll get him to ask her all about the climate!
Also, does your friend grow the sulcatum outdoors or indoors? Or
maybe outside for part of the year? I know it is outside in the
photos but some folks photograph their plants outside and them put
them back in the greenhouse.

Hope you get more rain soon, but not too much all at once... :-)

--

Tricia

Anarchists of the world disunite!

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: EOC Budapest
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:25

For those interested in information about the European Orchid
Congress and Show in Budapest, I received an email from someone who I
think is the publicist saying they had found our website with wrong
details (surprise, surprise!). Anyhow, the address for the English
version of the Congress website is www.eocbudapest.hu/aindex.php -
quite a nice site. I've updated the details on our site.

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Tricia

I think therefore I am not entirely certain.

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From: Tony Watkinson
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium sulcatum
Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 23:25

Hi Tricia

I have no idea how he grows it. He simply sent me the pictures. Having a
brag he was. And why not!!

We are feeling the change in the climate more than most I think. Perth used
to get lots of rain during the winter, (June to Sept) but that has been
changing since the 1970's, with less and less rain each year. Dams almost
dry in many cases and desalination plants popping up all over. Doesn't stop
city from growing though.

More people to grow orchids I suppose!!

Tony


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