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January 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-31 February 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-29
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 8—14

From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium sulcatum
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011 08:35

Hi Tony,

Thanks anyway − as you say, he certainly has the right to brag!

--

Tricia

"If it's beautifully arranged on the plate, you know someone's fingers have been all over it." -- Julia Child

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: New Pleiones in Flower
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011 19:40

Attached some new Pleiones that are in flower for the first time for me.
168 is Pl. Feugo; a different one than the first one I sent.

169 and 170 are 2 different Pl. Yunnanensis (pretty little flower)
171 & 172 (the dark purple ones) are Pl. Fireball

I had 2 Pl. forrestei (or similar spelling) in bud, but they both dried off and did not flower. It is probable my poor culture ,or is this a difficult one to flower.

I have been keeping them slightly moist but after flowering should I water more as they will (might) be producing new roots?

Good growing

Peter F., UK, Alton

ps. Pl. grandiflora in bud. Two flowers on one stem! Should open soon.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Lewisias as well as Pleiones
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011 22:55

I grow quite a few Lewiseas as well as Pleiones and mainly Cyclamen sp.
Off list, I know, but thought you might like to see.
Peter F., Alton

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From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New Pleiones in Flower
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2011 07:40

I think you wait to see the roots first, then water, not the other way
round. But − apart from my P. maculata , now growing nicely (I think ! ) I
haven't grown Pleiones since I lived in Worcestershire − 17 years ago.

I love the splashy petalled ones !

Geoff

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From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Lewisias as well as Pleiones
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2011 12:25

Nice one − I used to grow them when I lived in the Cotswolds, I think , but
they didn't like the rare hot summer.

geoff

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New Pleiones in Flower some further thoughts
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 13:50

Peter,

Further to Geoffs' comments: my first two buds on Forrestii (both on the
same stem) did the same as yours......withered, turned black and that was
that!

However, the next two buds opened and gave a good show. According to Ian
Butterfield, this is not unusual with Forrestii which can be notoriously
difficult to flower. Having said that I understand that large variations in
day and night temperatures can also cause the buds to wilt. This was I
suspect the case with mine this year.

As to watering, I am not giving any water to my Pleiones until they have
been in flower and the flowers are beginning to wilt. This is certainly
persuading them to have a good root system this year (as I accidently pulled
one out of the compost yesterday and saw a very good root system!!). The
leaf should begin to show growth when the flower fades and this is the time
to start careful watering. I'm letting the compost dry out between the first
few waterings in order to stimulate root growth.

Your Forrestii needs to have lots of water once the roots are established
and should not be allowed to dry out at all until the leaves begin to brown.
Don't forget to feed it!!

I'll put some pictures on via another email later today.

I'm feeding my Maculata and Confirmation quite regularly now so that I
should get good flowers in the Autumn.

Tony G.

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing: Harlequin, P. Forestii, P. Gerry Mundey 'Tinney's Firs', P. Jorullo 'Long-tailed Tit', P. Quizapu 'Peregrine' (2), P.
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:40

Hi All,

As promised, a selection of Pleione which have been photographed in the past
couple of days.
You will notice that Forrestii shows the two flowers which aborted on the
left-hand side of the pot.
'Tinney's Firs' is a real cracker! Recommended to me by Ian Butterfield last
year. He was absolutely 'spot on'!

Hope you enjoy them!

Tony G.

Your message is ready to be sent with the following file or link
attachments:

Harlequin
P. Forestii
P. Gerry Mundey 'Tinney's Firs'
P. Jorullo 'Long-tailed Tit'
P. Quizapu 'Peregrine' (2)
P. Shantung 'Alba'
P. Shantung 'Ducat'
P. 'Shot Silk'

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: Harlequin, P. Forestii, P. Gerry Mundey 'Tinney's Firs', P. Jorullo 'Long-tailed Tit', P. Quizapu 'Pereg
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 23:10

Thanks Tony for the culture info. and great photos.

Cheers

Peter F., Alton

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: HUGE VIRUS COMING − PLEASE READ AND PASS ON
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:50

My wife sent me this today. She works at the University of Surrey. Please all take care.

Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 4:16 PM
To: peterfowler999@btinternet.com
Re: HUGE VIRUS COMING − PLEASE READ AND PASS ON

Hi Pete

Best to be aware

See below

Sue
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!

You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message
with an attachment entitled'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,'regardless of who
sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which
'burns' the whole hard disc C drive of your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address on
his/her contact list. That is the reason why you need to send this
e-mail to all your contacts. It is bet ter to receive this message 25
times than to receive the virus and open it!

If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even if it is sent to you by a
friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately. This is the
worst virus announced by CNN.

It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair
yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector
of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

COPY THIS E-MAIL, AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS.
REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US*

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: HUGE VIRUS COMING − PLEASE READ AND PASS ON
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:45

I'm sorry to say that this warning is a hoax but is causing confusion
because it is based on some half truths.

Although the Postcard virus was a real threat, it is not accurate to
say a "HUGE VIRUS COMING" as it has already been around in multiple
forms for a long time now.

The real virus has never been reported to "burn the whole hard disc"
of your computer and Microsoft has not classified it as the "worst
virus" ever.

It is better to avoid forwarding this kind of messages to others
unless you can confirm with some certainty that the threat they
describe is real.

On 11 April Peter Fowler wrote:

> My wife sent me this today. She works at the University of Surrey.
> Please all take care.

[snip]

--

Tricia

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: HUGE VIRUS COMING − PLEASE READ AND PASS ON
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:15

Peter,
If you copy and paste this into your search engine you will see it s a hoax.
David

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From: theta
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Den. Linguiforme
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:15


Purchased over 10 years ago, this gem finally blooms − Den. Linguiforme.
Flowers are about 1/2 − 3/4 inch long each. Mounted on bark in So.
California. Leaves really do look like tiny tongues.

-mark-

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: HUGE VIRUS COMING − PLEASE READ AND PASS ON
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:45

David, Sorry that it is a hoax. The Universities IT department have got egg on their face. But similar viruses do exist.
Peter F. ,Alton

David Martin wrote re: [OrchidTalk] Re: HUGE VIRUS COMING − PLEASE READ AND PASS ON

Peter,
If you copy and paste this into your search engine you will see it s a hoax.
David

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Pleione yunnanensis & Pl. grandiflora
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:05

The picture of the 2 good flowers are yunnanensis on the left and
grandiflora on the right. In the Kew Monograph it is stated that Pl.
yunnanensis is allied to Pl. Grandiflora.

The other picture shows another spike of grandiflora, where one flower bud
has gone brown. There is 2 flowers on the one spike. One good bud and one
brown one.

This has happened to my 2 forrestii's. I do not use gas to heat the
greenhouse and there have not been any bonfires locally.

Pl/ grandiflora is fairly rare, so it is nice to have a couple of bulbs in
flower.

Good growing

Peter F., Alton

Neofinetia;s coming into flower

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleione yunnanensis & Pl. grandiflora
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:10

Great blooms!

The bud is just like my Forrestii went this year and last year. I'm fairly
certain it will be due to high temperatures during the day after a longer
period of cool days.

Looking forward to my Yunnanensis flowering as they are in bud at the moment
and this is their first year (with me).

Regards from a cool N.E. Lincolnshire today....

Tony G.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleione yunnanensis & Pl. grandiflora
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:10

Thanks Tony for your help. I have the green netting up and 2 of the 4 roof vents are on automatic opening. On warm/hot days I keep the door half open and a 21 fan goes 24/7.
On the old learning curve again!

Thanks.

Peter, Alton

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