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July 1—7

From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Variegated Neofinetia falcata
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:00

Here is a picture of my variegated leaf Neofinetia falcata. First flowering with long spur and fragrant at night.
Make good house plants.

Peter F., Alton.


From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Recent flowers in my collection ­ June 2012
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 19:55

Recent flowers in my collection C2AD June 2012

1.. First- Aerides affine, also known as multiflora. The spike
measures about 13 inches long – the flowered part .Seems to be
easy – I have two virtually identical plants from opposite sides
of the greenhouse, one has leaves almost yellow from light, the other
has apple green leaves . So its not light sensitive. I also have a third
plant with a smaller spike ( the first two are virtually identical) down
on the bench – so bench shorter spike (?).

2.. Bulbo. frostii , also known as bootii. This plant spends most of
the year asleep, then sneaks in a new bulb and a flower spike whilst
I'm not looking. Now has 4 leads, and two more just starting
spikes. But a bit too scandent to ever be a real favourite, in spite of
the charming flowers.

3.. Catasetum osculatum . A second and much better spike on a plant I
may have shown earlier this year. They are quite exciting these
Catasetums ( and friends)( as long as one produces male flowers. Sorry
to say girls, that the females are all fat and dowdy – and
mostly look alike , whereas the gaudy male flowers are very different,
from one to the next species.

4.. Next we have a new ( to me – and maybe you too ! –
intergeneric in the vandacea – Christocentrum Penang Sunset ;
Christensonia vietnamica x Ascocentrum ampullaceum. First flowering on a
seedling – I hope for far more flowers on a more mature plant.

5.. Comparettia falcata ; I have burbled on about these Caribbean twig
epiphytes so many times, I expect, that no more is to be said.

6.. Another weeny weeny – flowers less than a centimetre
across – gastrochius fuscopunctatus , the name referring to the
blackish spots on the leaves, it seems.

7.. Oncidium sarcodes. Could have, may one day have, a four foot high
spike. Heck – its flowering for the first time for years, so I
won't ask for more – this year.

8.. Ryhnchostylus retusa. Lots of flowers – 2cm across ( each

9.. Rossio Rawdon Jester . I'm sure everyone knows this, bred
by my old friend David Stead in the heady days at Mansell & Hatcher,
before de Grey etc etc etc...

10.. Vanda Sunanda Magic 'Yellow'

All my flowering plants ( I won't tell you how many it would
certain;y be boasting) have now gone away for the Peterborough'
Show. I shan';t get there ; I am my wife's carer
– she came home from hospital yesterday with a titanium hip
joint – so I am butler, housekeeper, chef, housemaid, ladies
maid, laundress – the lot. I'm not complaining you
understand, but it does seem to occupy 18 hours a day....

Maybe, hopefully, surely , things will get better – and I shall
get to Writhlington for the week-end . If she is well-enough, in
particular mobile enough, maybe we can do a week's holiday
somewhere before then. I think I shall need it, even if she

If any reader here gets to Peterborough I should be very pleased to see
any snaps of Bournemouth OS stand..



From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Thunias
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 21:35

I wonder how listers thunia are progressing? I am pleased with my plant.
Also I have tried out Geoff's suggestion from way back about taking
cuttings. I cut off a section of last years cane and cut it into sections
with a node, planted in a terrestrial mix and have new shoots now.
Interestingly I put in one longer one and not only did a shoot emerge from
the base but the other three higher nodes as well.
How are yours Geoff?
Regards, Alex


From: brian.gould83
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Orchids in flower now
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 21:50

Some orchids in flower now.Keep the miltonia feed levels below 300ms and this is what can easily be achieved. The scent is superb.It also helps to grow them in rockwool .


From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Thunias
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 03:10

Oh, my propagations have long since flowered, and in some cases been sold to spread the species, since I don t usually want too many of one kind. BTW I got the name wrong I had them marked up as T.bensoniae , but in fact they were either T.brachiata or T.brymeriana I just forget which.

However, a chap who is a member of Bournemouth Society showed a magnificent plant with I think 15 or so flowering stems, of one of the Thunias, grown in a 3 gallon bucket sized pot ( and quite filling it. This was seen not only at our meeting but at Peterborough, where it won some kind of award. Naturally I asked about culture. He was growing in Rockwool a media I have not got on with in the past. But the results were so startling, perhaps because the usual annual repotting is unnecessary, that I copied him. BTW my best culture before this was in pure New Zealand spgnum no additions but repotting seemed desirable after 1 or at the most 2 years, and I actually repotted annually.

So this year,I have used Rockwool cubes, mixed with coarse Perlite, and tried this for all my Thunias, and indeed also for similar terrestrials like Phaius etc too. This is the first year ; none are yet flowering ( good early flowering is on short canes, and they don t do much afterwards, so not the best plants) . They are the biggest and strongest looking canes I have ever grown. I am very happy with this culture the Phaius etc look good too.



From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Recent flowers in my collection ­ June 2012
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:35

Good morning Geoff, .well, Morning as it s warm, wet and grey here. (I blame it on the rain-making ceremony at Wimbledon!)

Some cracking pictures as usual. The close-ups are very good.

Just wondered if you were paying a visit to Peterborough this year if your eye problem has healed? If so, which day will you be there as it would be good to see you again.

Tony G.


From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Recent flowers in my collection ­ June 2012
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 10:10

I have to give it a miss this year ; my retina has healed, but the sight is poor and deteriorating in that eye ; a known problem apparently , from the use of liquid nitrogen ( at minus 165 deg. ) and then the gas ( Argon ?) in the repair operation. But I am listed for an implant lens operation which will improve things a lot, although not take me back to where I was. But that will be early August at the earliest depending on how many emergencies go in to push the whole queue back. I am driving daylight only, and preferably on rainy/cloudy days less contrast !. But 10 20 miles is my self-imposed limit.
I did think of making the journey by train quite easy and perhaps quicker than road going into and out of London with a change from Waterloo to Kings Cross by taxi or whatever , but as it has turned out, my wife has been in hospital and now has an all titanium ( or maybe titanium and poly- something hip joint, and only came home 36 hours ago. She is very weak a major operation takes it out of an 80+ and she needs help for everything, so I can t leave her for a whole day, just yet. But she assures me that she is a tough old bird, and I hope to get to the October BOC Congress at Writhlington, alone or together with her
Maybe then ?
And if any reader visits Peterborough, I d be glad of pics of the Bournemouth Soc. stand, which has some 40 or so of my plants.

Cheers !



From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Thunias
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:45

Geoff, from what you say your cuttings will have flowered in their third year so
thats encouraging. Mine has three canes now and the flowering is going
over but its very attractive. I self pollinated last years blooms and got
2 enormous pods which have ripened now. I have scattered the seed around
its roots but no babies, it is a hybrid gattonensis BTW, the work of Sir
Jeremiah Colmans head gardener I expect. I took it to the NofE show at
tatton however a 3 gallon pot would be a bit much to handle. Anyway I
must repot next year and may try epiphoam from what you say.
Hope you and your wife get better quickly and have that holiday.
Regards, Alex


From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: [Fwd: Re: [OrchidTalk] Thunias]
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:50

Aha!!! I have got this email and wonder if it is a precaution of yours
Tricia or a private one by someone. Anyway I have clicked the verify link
and my computer hung!!
Regards, Alex

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [Fwd: Re: [OrchidTalk] Thunias]
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 17:30

Alex, I've never heard of 0spam.com and I would regard that message
with a great deal of suspicion. Had I received it I would certainly
not have clicked on the link without finding out if the recipient
actually uses 0spam, but then I guess I am paranoid.

Any 'Mail delivery failed' messages would be addressed to the list,
not to you. I get quite a lot, especially when subscribers' mailboxes
are full − but also from a particular ISP which can't tell spam from
it's elbow.



Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.


From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Thunias]
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:30

Thanks Tricia, yes I didnt spot that Orchid Talk was in the subject line
and it was actually from someone else. I just hope that Clara's anti spam
service stopped me getting through, however i suppose I should be on the
alert for trouble.
Regards, Alex


From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Recent flowers in my collection ­ June 2012
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:00

Yes nice pictures Geoff, plenty of them and unusual ones too. I
downloaded the folder this time and get bigger pictures.
Be nice to have some photos of Peterborough if an orchid talk photographer
goes, not only to see Geoffs 40 plants but I believe a brave soul from
CANWOS is going to motor down and put up a stand.
Regards, Alex


From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Variegated Neofinetia falcata
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 23:30

Do you find the variegated leaf neofinetias are less robust or floriferous
than the normal green ones Peter?
Regards, Alex

> Here is a picture of my variegated leaf Neofinetia falcata. First
> flowering with long spur and fragrant at night.
> Make good house plants.
> Peter F., Alton.


From: Peter Fowler
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Variegated Neofinetia falcata
Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2012 23:35

I was surprised when it shot up a flower spike because it only has one
main growth and a couple of new ones, just starting. I would say that it
is not as robust as my other Neos. But I only have one variegated leaf
variety , so the stats are poor.
Peter F.


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