|Rarashati Princess 'Soan Bronze Goddess'|
November 27, 2012
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As a side-note, the latest update of Blogger mobile is refusing to cooperate, so I won't be able to share anything from my phone for a while, which sucks because a lot of stuff decided to happen all at once!
November 14, 2012
November 13, 2012
Phal. Sogo Vivien: I am so ridiculously happy this is in spike, as I have many interesting breeding ideas for this one that I want to get started!
Phal. pallens 'Mellow Yellow': This one decided to not do much for a long time, but now its making up for that! Two new spikes, roots, two kiekis, and a leaf make me happy!
Phal. Rarashati Princess 'Soan Rustic': This is a quite large plant that had two spikes when I got it, and had just began a third right after I received it. Not too complex of a hybrid, its (((amboinensis x violacea) x venosa) x (equestris x venosa))
Phal. Yin's Green Jewel: I bought this one from Paramount ages ago, and it made tons of roots and many leaves, and now its finally decided to bloom for me! Can't wait!
Phal. Kuntrarti Rarashati 'Copperstate' mother: This plant is also going crazy after a long rest. After it stopped blooming, it did nothing, then started on its kieki, then the mother made a spike, and then another spike.
Phal. Kuntrarti Rarashati 'Copperstate' kieki: And then a whole later, I found that the tiny kieki decided it wanted to bloom too! Since this is half equestris, I expect each new spike to eventually form a kieki at the end, so I should have kiekis to trade/sell eventually.
Phal. Yungho Gelb Canary: Another I'm ecstatic about, this large plant looked like it would be one that sat and sulked, but was I wrong!!! New leaves, roots, and two spikes later, I'm uber happy!
Phal. Rarashati Princess 'Soan Bronze Goddess' (front) and amboinensis 'Oriental' (back): Both are in the picture, so I'll just use the one for both. This other Rarashati Princess had one spike when I got it and now had a smallish second one growing, and the amboinensis has two spikes that appear to be itching to bud, as well as new roots.
Phal. fasciata 'Shaffers': This one has finally decided to make a bud on one of its many spikes that it has. I have one potted kieki for myself, and then one promised to a friend, so I should have the other two available eventually.
Phal. lobbii: Finally, last but not least!!!! Another one I'm pumped to see and breed with, but the spikes are sooo slooow!!!
November 11, 2012
I think I'm going to expand on my last little statement from my last post: giving back to the orchid world. I'm not too sure what causes it, but I have noticed that when two people have a common hobby/interest, it is much easier to form a strong friendship with them in a shorter time than it would take with a person that you have a common interest with. Two people who both actively grow orchids are going to get along together much faster than two people who like orchids from a distance. I know that for myself, this is quite true, as I would consider myself 'different' from your average teenager, and at least for myself, I have a close-knit group of friends I've known for years, and outside that, I am not the best at making new ones, unless of course, they grow orchids. I have a few friends that I have met via an orchid forum, and in such a short time they have become very good friends of mine.
I think that this common hobby, and it almost seems peculiar to orchid-growers, is what causes such friendliness in general. People already tend to do whatever it takes to get something done or do something when it comes to a hobby they love, so how much more motivation will there be when that thing you are doing not only involves the hobby you are passionate about, but a person that you know and care about. I can't even begin to talk about all the great things that have happened and the generosities that have come about from fellow orchid friends. It is simply amazing knowing there are people who will enjoy your company regardless of your beliefs or the way you live your life at home. I don't think it is often that you can get a group of people who are willing to put down their walls of beliefs and prejudices and get along with others, that, in other circumstances, you would have never talked to. This is one of the reasons that I love this hobby (more so a passion) so much.
Keeping this in mind, who wouldn't want to give back to the orchid world? I know that for myself, it is a great motivating factor. For the past year I have been making sure to arrive at my orchid society meetings early, as I want to help with things that seem so simple and sometimes being unappreciated. However important doing the small and simple things is, I can't but help feeling that this isn't the most that I can do. I have a strong desire to do things even greater for this hobby that so many people share, and it isn't not out of a desire for fame that I am wishing to do greater things, but a true, genuine passion. I know for sure that one of my desires is to become an accredited AOS judge, and if there was a center in my city, I can tell you for sure that I would be there in training if I was permitted to. I am not going to be satisfied with my life sitting back and watching a world of opportunities pass by. . .
November 10, 2012
First off is a few pictures of Calypso bulbosa, a native orchid species of Canada. We went to Jasper National Park for our year end field trip last school year (2011-2012) at the end of May (not really the end of the school year, but we have our reasons). The first thing we did our first day there was take a hike through Maligne Canyon, and oh my goodness was it amazing! I loved the cool, humid environment there around the falls, and if I could find a metropolitan place that had that environment for the majority of the year here in Canada, I would totally move there! This hike is also where I saw my first native orchid, and those moments are still vivid in my mind
For the majority of the hike I was kinda at the back of the group, taking my time to observe the path we were walking on for any signs of anything orchid-like. However, not knowing the native species of the area, I was relying on general knowledge and knowing what an orchid flower looks like to identify anything I came across. While we were walking along, we came to a part where the path split in two; it had a path keeping at the same level, and another path going down and over about five feet closer to the edge of the water-carven rock. In between those paths was an area with a few trees, some moss, and a few wildflowers, but in the middle of it, even from far away, I could tell there was an orchid, Calypso bulbosa, amongst the other plants. When it first registered that I was indeed looking at a native Canadian orchid, my jaw dropped and I literally was on the verge of tears (yes, I am serious)! It was just one, small, single plant with two fragile looking blooms, but for me, it was the most spectacular thing I had ever seen. I was truly awed by the magnificence of that one flowering orchid, and I was actually at a loss for words for quite a bit afterwards. I was telling my friends that I would be content if that was the only thing we did for the week long trip. However, I'm glad I didn't go home then, because at the end of the week and three different hikes later, I saw, and took pictures of, nearly 450 Calypso bulbosa.
I was going to post pictures of my cornu-cervi 'Red' and fasciata 'Shaffers', but I'm too enraptured in the memories of that trip to deviate from the original track of this post.
And here are the pictures I was talking about!
Here is a picture of the waterfalls of Maligne Canyon. I could have stayed there forever basking in the cool mists coming from the falls. . . it was that awesome!
Here are the two flowers that put me in a sense of awe and left me without words for at least 10 minutes, which is quite rare when I am with my friends.
Here is an average sized clump (compared to all that I saw) at Horseshoe Lake/Canyon.
And here is another clump from Maligne Canyon that was farther down the trail from the falls.
I wish there was a legal source of this orchid, as I would love to grow and cultivate it!! I wonder if it would be possible and legal to collect some seeds from an open pod without actually removing the pod from the plant. . . of course, although tempted (and who wouldn't be) I never dared to touch any of the plants or remove a flower or plant, in part or whole from the wild.
The more I think on this and remember those moments, the more I am motivated and the more I want to do for the orchid world. I don't know what exactly just yet, but I have received so much from the orchid world; the people, the plants, the satisfaction of growing and blooming my own orchids. I just need to do something, anything, to put this passion to use.
November 09, 2012
So I had my Dad drive me half way across the city to go to the larger of the two Early's (a garden supply center here in the city) because I know they have a better selection of plastic pots. So, coinciding with my recent repotting of some Bulbophyllum, I decided that I would get a couple of shallow pans/azalea pots for some of the scrambling Bulbos that I have. I ended up with four each of the 8", 7 ", and 6" azalea pots, as I'm hoping that one day my Bulbophyllum get to be massive specimens of many growths. I also got a few smaller pots, as well as another bag of sphagnum and a cool new misting bottle with a cool nozzle! Lol!!!! I spent way more than I was planning on spending! I enjoy shopping for my orchids (as well as shopping FOR orchids)!!!
November 08, 2012
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! This little plant was #3 on my most anticipated to bloom list (behind violacea var. indigo and Sogo Kaiulani), and I wasn't expecting any spikes until at least next summer, but here it is, WITH A SPIKE!!!!!!!!
November 07, 2012
Let's be honest here, I haven't had any of my Bulbophyllum bloom for me yet. I don't know if its because they are all too small, or I just haven't been giving them what they want. This summer I went into a very Phal focused mindset, and I kinda neglected everything else. Although nothing died, none of my Bulbophyllum or Cattleya could take full advantage of the summer weather. Slowly but surely I'm getting back around to better caring for everything else, as I realize its highly unlikely for me to sell any unless they are in bloom (if I want to sell them after I bloom them, that is). Just a few weeks ago I took off the slightly opaque plastic sheet I've had above my Bulbos, and I've noticed that their leaves have firmed up a lot. Also, I plan on repotting a bunch today after school, so I hope this also sets them faster along to bloom, as almost all are making new growths and roots.
November 05, 2012
Well yesterday I bought the white eggcrate, and today I bought the black trays to go underneath. All I have left now is to buy some leca pellets and some small desktop fans, but I've found out that stores have taken down their desktop fans and put heaters in their place!! How ridiculous and annoying. Now I need to find one somewhere else somehow. . .
November 04, 2012
Here is the upper level in my closet with most of my Phals, and there are a few more out of sight behind the left closet door.
Here is the bottom level with more Phals and a few other randoms.
Here is the solitary stand (I can never think of a good name for it). This is where the rest of my non-Phal orchids live.
And here is a future growing space! This is an empty space that is beneath the stairs in our basement. At my last Saskatchewan Orchid Society meeting (a.k.a. OS meeting) a friend gave me an old high intensity discharge light with ballast, so I decided to mount it where you see it here. This is only temporary, as I do plan on changing some stuff around down there. At the back and to the left there is an additional space that I plan on putting some T5's in. However, since it is so far back and kinda out of reach, I wouldn't be able to have plants in the area that you see in the picture, so I plan on making shelves to go along the right wall in the picture, extending back towards the door.
November 03, 2012
Here is my latest genious idea (at the time of the picture) that was meant to increase the amount of usable space in my closet. One word (or I guess it's two words) CHICKEN WIRE. I took a section of some chicken wire we had sitting in our garage and stretched it out, put some bamboo through the edges, and then hung it up with my trusty plastic yarn (nylon yarn. . . synthetic thread . . . ?). I then poked holes in the back of the pots and bent scrap chicken wire into hooks to hang it off my rack. Ok, enough chit chat and here are some pretty pictures. Oh, by the way, since these pictures are months old, I have added many more plants since then!