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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

22—31 May

From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Dendrobium margaritaceum
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 22:00

I bought this last year at the London Orchid Show, it was a mass of shrivelled brown pseudobulbs with a couple of buds un-open. I thought it might be a challenge to grow, so succumbed to temptation. I looked on Google for cultural requirements and deduced it needed a warm bright Summer and a cold Winter spell. I put it in my warm greenhouse where it grew some nice new growths and leaves. In December I put it with my Cymbidiums, min 8 deg C. I gave it a light misting a couple of times a week, as I was hoping the leaves would fall off, just like it was when I bought it. Anyway nothing fell off so I put it back in the warm greenhouse at the end of February and started spraying daily. The buds soon started growing and have opened in the last few days.

David

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Is the list still going?
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 07:45

Hi, I have not had any messages from the list for weeks now. Is it still Going?
Peter F., Alton

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Is the list still going?
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 10:30

Hello Peter,
The last contact I received was from Tony on 17th May, also Francis Andy and Max on 17th.
David

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium margaritaceum
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 11:50

Fantastic David − I've not seen this grown so well before. I have killed a coupel of other species in the same section but you've given me hope and incentive to try again.

Andy

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Emailing: P5063963
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 13:20

Peter,

I know what you mean, but for my part I plead being too busy building my new
greenhouse ........ picture gives you an idea. As it's second-hand and did
not arrive with instructions, it has been quite a task.

Sorry, that should read .... "is being quite a task!".

My orchid collection is suffering neglect as a temporary measure!!!

Hope to get the glass in before Peterborough International Orchid Show!!!

Tony G.

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium margaritaceum
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 14:25

Do the flowers last long and are they scented David?
Regards, Alex

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Dendrobium margaritaceum
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 07:35

The flowers have lasted about a week so far and only two have gone over,
they were on last years shrivelled pseudobubs and had been out for some
time. They are scented and it's very pleasant.
David

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: P5063963
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 08:30

My goodness Tony, that's a large greenhouse, must be at least 30ft long. Do
you intend to divide it into different temperature zones? How do you intend
to heat it? You have put a lot of hard work into it although there's still
lots to do. It certainly dwarfs the greenhouse next door.
David

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From: JOAN ELLIOTT
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: P5063963
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 10:05

Tony,
Oh my goodness! Mine is 6 x 4 feet and I got someone in to assemble it.
Joan

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From: N & T Burgess
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: P5063963
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 15:45

Looks enormous I'm very jealous, will you have much garden left?

Norma

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From: john Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Emailing: P5063963
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 14:30

Agreed!
And here am I referring to my 16X9 as a mini Eden Project! On the other
hand, we have little room (very, very little room) to move about and there's
no escape when the humidifier comes on!
I'd baulk at the prospect of winter insulation or heating though! Although
the larger the green house the relatively less surface area to lose heat
from. Good luck; maybe you can organise a collective prayer for a milder
winter than the last two!
John

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: That greenhouse
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 15:40

Well John, you hit the nail on the head! Not enough room to move about and
see what all the plants are needing.!!!!

I had an old (second-hand) Dutch light tomato house which was 10 feet (3m)
wide and I had extended it from 30 feet to 40 feet by building another
section and adding on. However......only 10 feet by 10 feet was devoted to
orchids and that was lined with twin-walled polycarbonate which helped the
heating bills.
Note, it was second-hand and must have been about 40-50 years old last year!
The cedar wood was rotting in parts and I'd said to my wife "I'll have to do
some serious woodwork and renovate it in 2011."

I was told that I was not getting any younger and should think of replacing
it with an aluminium one.
Well....I sent off for catalogues immediately!
....
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Have you seen the price of a replacement with 12 to 15 feet width?!?!

So I looked on eBay and had 2 hours 20 minutes to make up my mind to be the
only bidder for this old dismantled 'Cambridge Glasshouse'. I did not know
it was a Cambridge Glasshouse make when I bought it but a faded label gave
me the name. The company has been extremely helpful and provided detailed
manuals for construction.
I'm glad my parents bought me a Meccano set when I was a lad!!!

Anyway, it is 48 feet long and 15 feet wide. Reminds me of Geoff's 'Vanda
house' when he lived in the Cotswolds! However, I'm only using one third of
it for orchids and will probably put some insulating system in similar to
the twin-walled polycarbonate I used before.

As regards heating bills, we will have to see, but when I consider the low
price I have paid to date, there are quite a few years heating in the
difference in price for a new model .......and I doubt if a new model would
be built to the same standard!!!

There's an awful lot of glass sitting on our drive! Hope to start glazing
next week!!!

As for heating and 'how to'..........................One problem at a time
please!!! Let's get the glass in before Peterborough......pity that our
friends at Akerne will not be there, I get some smashing flowers from their
plants!

I'll keep you informed of progress!!

Last night we had the first rain since the beginning of March in our
garden!!!! About 4mm!

Tony G.

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From: john Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: That greenhouse
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 23:10

There is another very practical solution Tony; I reckon you've enough room
there for a double bed. Why not move in when the temperature drops in the
house. I'm sure your wife would appreciate the surroundings when the orchids
come into their own!

Best wishes for a successful engineering exercise. What me? Envious?
Cheers
John

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Cypripedium
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 08:50

Can anyone give any information on this cyp which I have managed to flower after
three years. It was labelled as Smithii but it is the wrong colour and is a
multifloral.
Gordon.

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Cyp hybrids
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 09:45

A couple more pictures.
The first is Emile and the other Sebastian.
Gordon.

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