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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

February 1—7

From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:15

By deduction, and based on an exchange of emails some time ago, I can tell
you that the successor to Peterborough is the Malvern Spring Show. dates 14
-16 june 2013. no doubt this info will trickle down eventually , via Societ
ies etc, and maybe already has.

I made the deduction after receiving an email from Ecuagenera with their sh
ow dates. It also sent their list , which I am not forwarding at this time
. if wanted, let me know. Frankly , the prices seem a bit outrageous 30-
100+ US dollars, plus extra for transport etc, per plant, and my own experi
ence of success with their plants has not been the best.

Malvern is a nice show − I used to go occasionally when I lived in Worcest
ershire , they had good garden plants, alpines etc.., so i intend to go thi
s year especially with the orchids too.

Geoff

Sent from my iPad

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 00:30

Hi Geoff,

I trust you are back home in this third world country . . . or are you still wading ashore.
I often wonder, when OMO washing powder (was it?) gave out plastic flowers, they made daffodils instead of orchids.
Just imagine, we could all have had almost everlasting collections by now without the expense of heating! A niche in the market?
Hope you had a good trip − not no doubt you'll dribble a few piccies to OTfor us all?
Cheers
John

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From: Richard Baxter
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 10:00

I think the most valuable thing about this is the tremendous gratitude we
owe to those who insist that the event will not be allowed to die − wherever
it is. When the base venues pull the plug, it is not easy to find any other
suitable, and even then to negotiate facilities and terms for orchid
participation.
I do hope the wider Orchid Community appreciates all the time and energy
which the organising Group puts in to make the event happen.
Richard

"Geoff Hands" wrote re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern

By deduction, and based on an exchange of emails some time ago, I can tell
you that the successor to Peterborough is the Malvern Spring Show. dates 14
-16 june 2013. no doubt this info will trickle down eventually , via Societ
ies etc, and maybe already has.

I made the deduction after receiving an email from Ecuagenera with their sh
ow dates. It also sent their list , which I am not forwarding at this time
. if wanted, let me know. Frankly , the prices seem a bit outrageous 30-
100+ US dollars, plus extra for transport etc, per plant, and my own experi
ence of success with their plants has not been the best.

Malvern is a nice show − I used to go occasionally when I lived in Worcest
ershire , they had good garden plants, alpines etc.., so i intend to go thi
s year especially with the orchids too.

Geoff

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 11:30

The new 'Peterborough' is attached to the Three Counties Show in Malvern,
from 14 -16th June. This is not to be confused with the RHS Malvern Spring
Gardening Show, which is on 9 -12th May. The Three Counties Show is a
general sort of agricultural show, much like Peterborough. This year it will
clash with the NEOS Show at Tatton Park but it is hoped to avoid clashes in
the future. It has been agreed that traders and societies usually committed
to NEOS will go to Tatton.

Out to the greenhouse now to look with despair on the lycastes. Last year's
leaves are still growing, when they should have dropped, and flowers are
coming too early. They look a mess! Dendrochilums flowering well, also too
early. Will probably be over before the Harrogate OS show. Laelia anceps
looking gorgeous in all their varietal clones. They rarely leave their
greenhouse as no convenient shows at this time of year. Sorry no photos − my
camera has been useless, everything out of focus, since it had a new lens
fitted under guarantee. It wasn't much better before, either!

Tina

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: CapsLock − was [OrchidTalk] Digest 2012 Volume 61
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:15

Hi John,

Do you actually need Caps-Lock? If not, it is a simple matter to
disable it:
Open System Preferences
Click on Keyboard
In the lower right corner, click on Modifier Keys
Click on the pull-down menu next to Caps Lock Key and select No Action
Press OK and close out of System Preferences

That does it, no more caps lock. Now if you press the key, it won't
do anything.

Alternatively, there are several third-party apps such as Capsee or
CAPS Warn which generate visual or audible alerts if you hit the key.

Tricia

Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world's population.

On 30 Jan, John Stanley wrote:
> Hi Tim,

> I'm sure many members must have the habit of hitting the caps-lock
> instead of the cap. How useful it would be to have a little
> physical 'pip' in relief on the caps lock key to make one aware
> which key we're using. Serves us right for thinking we're touch
> typists I suppose!

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From: Richard Baxter
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:40

Need to chat to you about Laelia anceps, Tina.
I have three which grow well but have never flowered. I have tried cool,
intermediate, dry winter, continued watering, and all combinations over the
years. I even tried leaving one out on a frosty night − didn't seem to do
any harm but didn't scare it into flowering either.
Richard

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2013 03:15

Tina, can I jump in here ?
I have only one L.anceps − said to be var Sanderiana. It was a young plant when I bought it, a couple of years ago, and only doubtfully Near Flowering Size. IT got too wet like all my Catts, as I have probably said too often here (!) and has been potted in Hydroleca and standing in a tray of nutrient for some 12 months. When I got home a few days ago, after being away for almost a month, I found all the Aquaculture trays had run dry, and L.ancepos had two flowers open. My stat is set to 17 night, 19 day, but according to the wireless thermometer, actually goes down to say 16 at night as long as the outside temp is above say 4 or 5, but on cold nights drops down a degree or so more.
I hope this is helpful.
Geoff

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From: Peter Hieke
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern − Laelia anceps
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2013 06:30

Hi Richard,
How much light do you give them?
I had a similar case with a friend who had a plant that never flowered.
I asked her to b ring it and leave it in my intermediate growing area
where I put it into the brightest spot and it did flower.
So try it with more light. temperature is not so important.

Peter

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From: Richard Baxter
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:25

OK, my L.anceps are in the lightest position already, but currently in my
cool house (min 10c). Looks like I need to try my intermediate house again
(min 15c). Maybe warmer after cooler will do the trick.
Richard

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Newbury...Peterborough...now Malvern
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:05

My laelia anceps grow in their own section which is cool in winter, min
10 -11C, quite hot, but airy, in summer. They do well with the nobile
dendrobiums which share their space. They don't need, or like, too much
humidity. As the flower spikes initiate before the pbulbs have made up I
rest them after flowering until new growth shows. I grow then in Henry's
lycaste mix − one third perlite, two thirds moss, which means that I have to
repot every year. I don't grow huge specimen plants as the flowers are
better and larger if old pbulbs are cut off and one lead encouraged to do
its best. No doubt an expert would achieve multiple growths all with huge
flowers, although all the specimens I have seen have had smaller ones.

Named varieties do seem to have very different characteristics: Imri has
long spikes, lineata and disciplinata are more compact altogether and
multiply up easily, veitchiana flops everywhere, has masses of root and
prefers a basket, etc., etc.

My first clone, which I have called 'Deganwy' to distinguish it from all the
others, came from Burnham about 45 years ago. It used to be considered a
good clone but there are now better ones.

By the way, Richard, we are doing a train trip in June − a quick trip
through France then slowly along the north coast of Spain to Santiago de
Compostella, then back along the route south of the Picos de Europa. I am
not expecting the holiday to be entirely comfortable so am regarding the
trip as my pilgrimage. Must talk to you about luggage management!

Tina

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From: Tina Stagg
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: PS
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:30

I meant Irwin, not Imri

Tina

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From: John Stanley
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Caps-Lock − was [OrchidTalk] Digest 2012 Volume 61
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:45

Thanks Tricia,
Good point.
I suppose the caps lock was in anticipation of those who needed to type the 3 billion upper case letters of the human genome.
I'm still coping with learning the differences between iPad and Mac keyboards − especially where the exclamation mark is!
Also I still occasionally wonder why my MBP doesn't respond as a touch-screen.

. . . . . .for the times they are a-changin'
John

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From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: New orchid pics
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:30

New orchid pics
https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid66cc6b7e29550ebd&pagebrowse
&resid66CC6B7E29550EBD!756&type5&authkey!AKveJj7QdlqiKac&Bsrc
Photomail&BpubSDX.Photos

Aerides Pramote. We don't often see Aerides hybrids here,
although they are commonplace in for example Malaya – but then
one has to work hard to buy even the species in this country. This is a
first flowering seedling, and t cross is flabellata ( as any Aerides
lover will guess, from that lip) x houlletiana. Seen in close up as the
first pic, then the 9cm pot in the second/

The third pic is of a 15 inch pan of Bulbo ambrosia. I wonder if it it
tastes sweet ? Not tried ! This too is a first flowering, and I was near
giving up after growing a few bulbs into a panful; there may be a dozen
flowers scattered about, but hardly wroth growing. Or maybe it will
improve now, having only just reached critical mass ? e flower looks a
bit like B.guttutalatum , so probably in the same section of this large
genus.

Cattleya Horace, Maxima AM. An oldie but a goodie I think. Flowers 6-7
inch.

Three shots of Dendrobium amethystoglossa – a plant which
repeats throughout the year without needing any fuss of resting etc..
The best cane is now some 30 inches high. This is a lithophyte, so is in
a tiny pot ( 9cm) which will dry out quick, but the plant is sprayed
daily.

The Mtps is a lost label. These things used to be considered summer
flowering – I remember once asking Phillipe LeCoufle the best
time to go to Paris and choose plants – he used to have some
super and unusual ones – and he said no point in coming before
the third week in May or after mid June. Nowadays they seem to flower
all the year round.but I still have not managed to get there at that
time.

Next three shots of Prosthechea elisea , which used to be called
Anacheilum janeirense ; a first flowering here too. Flowers no more than
3cm across, but unusual colouring and heavy texture.

Now three shots of the largest of the Rodriguezias – at least
the largest of the half dozen species I have managed to collect so far.
This is R.araveloi . Whilst it is said in IOSPE to be synonymous with
R.secunda, it is at least twice as large as the plants I grow under that
name – in all parts , bulbs,leaves and flowers.

The oncid type I asked about, and now show again, is Bratonia ( Brassia
x Miltoniopsis) Aztec 'Grace' HCC/AOS

Finally, one which used to be an Odontioda, but is now so stupidly, an
Oncidium . Again , the Odm part used to be crispum, but is now
alexandrae. But the specific name of the hybrid eludes me.

Geoff.

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From: Esther Koh
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New orchid pics
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:40

Hi Geoff,

I had a Bulbophyllum ambrosia once, but it died not long after I bought it so I did not get to see any flowers on mine.  Are the flowers fragrant?

Best regards,
Esther

geoff.hands@talktalk.net wrote re: [OrchidTalk] New orchid pics

...The third pic is of a 15 inch pan of Bulbo ambrosia. I wonder if it it
tastes sweet ? Not tried ! This too is a first flowering, and I was near giving
up after growing a few bulbs into a panful; there may be a dozen flowers
scattered about, but hardly wroth growing. Or maybe it will improve now, having
only just reached critical mass ? e flower looks a bit like B.guttutalatum , so
probably in the same section of this large genus...

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From: Geoff Hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New orchid pics
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:55

Hi Esther.
Now dark, and no lights in the greenhouse. I will try remember to have a sniff tomorrow.
Would you like to try B.amb' again? The growths are over the edge of the pot now, and I can trim a few bits off for you tomorrow. Just send me your address, privately. No charge of course !
Geoff

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