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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

June 1—7

From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Bulbophyllum eberhardtii
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 20:45

IOSPE has this as synonymous with B.picturatum. I also have a plant with
that label, and I can easily tell the two apart - different colour (
yellow - pink ) different sized flowers, different shaped flowers,
fragrant/not fragrant - and so on. But who can argue with the
taxonomists ? Better to just leave the labels on and keep both names -
says I !

Currently in an 8 inch plastic basket ; presently with four flower
spikes open, and two more developing , but this plant has the habit of
flowering from older bulbs, and there can easily be a few more before
its done this time. I bought it in a 4 inch pot some dozen or more
years ago , grew it up to a 15 inch pan ( 14 spikes) then when it seemed
to be going downhill a bit, split it up, disposed of several decent
clumps, and started again. This is the best in this second generation,
as it were . Maybe it will go another couple of years before I have to
start a third time ...

These bulbos' do make nice specimen plants, and are very worthwhile , as
"something a bit different". I won't even start on why this is not a
Cirrho' for maybe it is...20

Bulbophyllum eberhardtii
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Geoff


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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Prosthechea radiata
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:10

Here is a picture of my P.radiata, probably the best it has ever been with
25 spikes. I would recommend it to any house grower, good light,
intermediate temps and it seems to cope with the dry atmosphere of a house
very well. Lasts well too with a lovely scent.
Regards, Alex

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Prosthechea radiata
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 18:15

That is a lovely plant ; how is it grown ? It looks as though roots can be seen on the pot, below and behind the leaves , but maybe its an ornamental ceramic pot I can see ?

Geoff

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Prosthechea radiata
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 21:00

That's fantastic, Alex. You will soon have to move to a bigger house!

Tina

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Mokara Madame Panni − the first time I have had double spikes on a Mokara...
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 09:30

The first spike of flowers has been open for a couple of weeks, whilst
the second spike has only just opened , so it is more a case of two
spikes almost at the same time rather than the normal double spike Vanda
situation where both develop together , but still, a notable first in my
own mind. I have had two spikes only weeks apart in the sense of the
second one starting weeks after the first finished, but nowhere near two
in flower at the same time. They are generally , rather easier than
even large flowered Vandas – although they are easy enough , I
do wish that more of these Vandaceous hybrids other than simple vandas,
were easily available in UK , but they are not.

Watching EU dealers, please note !

Quite complex and interesting parentage here - spanning at least 6
generations. The main constituents are V.sanderiana , providing more
than 50% , Arachnis hookeriana - the white scorpion orchid -( don't know
or grow this...)25% , then successively smaller doses of a couple of
other Vandas - dearei and coerulea - , and Asctm curvifolium.
But this kind of analysis is misleading I think , it only shows what
went into the gene pool at various stages, not what came out , which is
maybe the large size from sanderiana, the starry shape from hookeriana,
and the colour from curvifolium.
Whatever - enjoy !

Mokara Madame Panni - the first time I have had double spikes on a
Mokara...

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Geoff


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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Prosthechea radiata
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:55

Thanks Geoff and Tina − yes it has grown to be a big plant. And Geoff, how
observant of you with your eye problems too, it is in a rather shallow
ornamental plastic pot which i drilled drainage holes in. The roots
quickly climbed over the edge in a thick layer so now to do anything with
it would be a hugely destructive job so I am not too sure what to do. It
is in bark but does seem to be growing upwards so I should think the new
pbulbs are growing in the old ones. Not sure about a new house Tina but
perhaps I will have to extend the kitchen again :-)
Well I am off to watch the pageant, hope it is not too wet for them.
Regards, Alex. From a Chilly Cheshire − last Sunday 27C, today its 10C
and raining, what's happening weatherwise?

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: SilverFast Software
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:30

I think Geoff might be able to help me out on this question but if anyone el
se can help then it would be much appreciated.
Does any member know about SilverFast imaging software. It is a German compa
ny that sells it
And you can calibrate your scanner using an IT8 multicolour card. It only wo
rks on the higher scanners on the market, which I have. You can also buy ver
sions for cameras and printers.
The software is not cheap.
Thank you.

Peter Fowler

Ps. I have my first flower spike on my variegated leaf Neofinetia . It is on
ly a small one.

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Ascocenda first successful flowering
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:45

This is my first successful flowering of Ascocenda Meda x Peggy Foo.
As usual, the red isn't reproduced quite correctly, being darker than
shown in the pic. The eagle-eyed will notice that the top flower has
more of everything than it should, but I still think it's pretty!

--

Tricia

The older you get, the better you realize you were.

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Ascocenda first successful flowering
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:10

the top flower has
more of everything than it should
That just adds to its charm Tricia ; well done.

Geoff

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] SilverFast Software
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:15

I have not used this one Peter ; I went through several different versions of Spyder, then another calibration kit/soft ware which I can t remember ; then when I realised that to calibrate as well as possible you need a monitor screen where this is possible, and that was going to double the cost of the medium range ones I use ( and I have two monitors) I just gave up. Scientific accuracy of colour is simply not possible digitally unless you can create high level lab conditions . And even then, a lot of orchid colours are simply outside the gamut.

Geoff

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From: John Dennis
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Ascocenda first successful flowering
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:20

Lovely flower Tricia. Will you bring it along on Saturday?
John

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From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Ascocenda first successful flowering
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:00

It is very pretty, would you say ascocenda are vandas? Not sure what you
mean about more of everything than it should.
Regards, Alex

PS I think your message's motto is so true :-)

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Ascocenda first successful flowering
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:25

Thanks, Alex. Ascocenda Ascocentrum x Vanda, so I guess the proper
term is that they are vandaceous.

More of everything refers to it having twice the normal number of
petals, sepals etc.

--

Tricia

Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Ascocenda first successful flowering
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:35

Thanks, John. I will do my best to bring it along, although I did
something dastardly to a hamstring on Monday so am hobbling about in
considerable discomfort.

--

Tricia

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Ascocenda first successful flowering
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:35

Thanks, Geoff. Glad you like it!

--

Tricia

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] SilverFast Software
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:20

Thanks Geoff......I think I will keep my money in my pocket, but not for long ,as I. want to buy a macro lens for my new Canon EOS 1100D. It may be only entry level but OMG, there are loads of variables. I cannot really afford a Canon macro 1:1, lens. Tamron have quite a good name and they have a 90mm ,1:1 macro/portrait lens, at about 320. As I take mainly pictures of plants/flowers, a fairly good macro lens is needed, but I am on a budget. Aren't we all!

And then I get a email from Dell announcing their new All-In-One PC range. You get a screen, which holds the computer hardware , just a bit thicker than a normal 'thin' screen. Wireless
Keyboard and mouse. One version has a touch screen! No box at all! I need more money.

Might have to sell some of my UK postal history items or some of my large gem collection. A couple of 0.25 ct.
coloured diamonds should do it. I don't like diamonds anyway as the prices are kept artificially
high by Der Beers restricting the supply. There are plenty of gems which are far scarcer than diamonds eg. Alexandrite , beautiful dichroic gem, and Red Beryl, possible x800 times rarer than a normal diamond.
Repotted my Pleiones in JI no.3 and they are galloping away. Leaves as big as some Lycastes.
It worked well last year so why change it, but I lost quite a few which were in 'normal' compost.
I apologise for wandering from the subject.

Peter Fowler

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From:
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] SilverFast Software
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:25

Peter cheap way out its manual tho,they work very well

_http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Macro-Extension-Tube-Ring-4-CANON-EOS-EF-DSLR-
SLR-/220941315756?ptUK_Photography_CameraLenses_Lens_caps_hoods_adaptors_ET
&hashitem337120eeac_
(http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Macro-Extension-Tube-Ring-4-CANON-EOS-EF-DSLR-SLR-/220941315756?ptUK_Photography_CameraLenses_Lens_
caps_hoods_adaptors_ET&hashitem337120eeac)

_http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-Macro-Ring-Flash-FC100-Canon-7D-5D-60D-50D-40
0D-/200612573906?ptUK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_CameraFlashUnits_JN&ha
shitem2eb570f2d2_
(http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LED-Macro-Ring-Flash-FC100-Canon-7D-5D-60D-50D-400D-/200612573906?ptUK_CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_Cam
eraFlashUnits_JN&hashitem2eb570f2d2)

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From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] SilverFast Software
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:20

Thanks Geoff.....I ll look into the ring flash.
Thanks
Peter

Bhotplant wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] SilverFast Software

Peter cheap way out its manual tho,they work very well

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