December 31, 2013
August 03, 2013
July 31, 2013
July 30, 2013
July 25, 2013
Although I only have a few pictures, Blogger mobile still won't let me post anything that has a picture in it, so while I am typing (most of) this on my phone, I'll have to add the picture via a computer, which means I'll also follow regular suit and include the pictures after the the post break, something I consider good etiquette.
July 17, 2013
This title seems dramatic, and rightly so. I may have mentioned at some point in the interwebs that we were moving, and as of today that date is long come and gone, but I thought it was a necessary post as a prelude to the next post. More of my drama after the break!
May 10, 2013
February 28, 2013
Well, my original intent was to leave all three flasks untouched for a week or so to allow them to settle down after their long travels, but my impatience was overwhelming, so I decided to unflask the oldest of the three, which is Hsinying Webber 'Happy' AM/AOS x Hsinying Sonata. I finally found a good picture if Hsinying Sonata, and it is a nice whitish colour with pink candy stripes, so I should get some neat purplish pinks with a mix of blushes and strips. In total, there were 27 seedlings, the three largest of which I am definitely keeping, which leaves me 24 to sell or trade!
February 25, 2013
Well, my Kingfisher's Princess has opened up some more, except the problem is that I don't know if it is even going to fully open. I remember when I first got it, the two open flowers it had weren't fully opened, but I thought it could have been because it was shipped as the flowers were opening. However, these flowers appear to not want to fully open at all. For others, this wouldn't be too much of an issue, but for a breeder, some consider cupping to be undesirable. Personally, I prefer cupping (flowers not opening all the way) over reflexing (petals opening too far), but the colour on this is also a bit muddy. I think I may sell this at my next orchid society meeting and buy a different seedling from Patrick.
February 24, 2013
Sooooooooooo excited right now! My orchid society went to a show in Edmonton, Alberta this weekend, and although I couldn't go, I was able to preorder from a few vendors. I was going to get some mature plants, but when I saw that Ching Hua had a list of flasks for sale that could be brought to the show, I decided to take a look at the list. At first I stared in awe as dozens of unfamiliar names appeared. After a few minutes of Googling names, I found three flasks that suited my fancy and wants. Going left to right in the picture below, I bought: Dtps. (Hsinying Webber 'Happy' AM/AOS x Hsinying Sonata), Dtps. Hsinying Pink Mount x sib, and Phal. (Sogo Yukidian 'F4' x Join Grace 'TH288-4').
The first cross is sorta a gamble; I found a few excellent pictures of Hsinying Webber 'Happy', yet I could only find one, low quality picture of Hsinying Sonata, and none of Hsinying Sonata's parents. From the pictures I've seen, this cross should yield some great, large purples with some veining on the flowers.
The next cross is pretty safe, as it is a sibling cross between a semi alba hybrid, so I think this will mainly be semialbas, with some potentially having a blush, depending on the genetics.
The last cross, Sogo Yukidian 'F4' x Join Grace 'TH288-4' is the one I'm looking forward to the most! For those who don't know, Sogo Yukidian is one of the cutting edge, huge standard whites with fabulous form. The specific Join Grace cultivar used in this cross is another great white that can have flowers up to six inches across. I can't wait to have I've of these give me a two to three foot long inflorescence with fifteen or more flowers that are five and a half inches or more wide. It is guaranteed to be high quality, and something I use in breeding a lot!
February 22, 2013
February 18, 2013
Well, I just got a new Galaxy S III, SOOO, if you see this post, you'll finally learn of the issues I had with my old phone and Blogger mobile. If not you'll never see this post and this will pretty much just be me talking to myself.
Anyways, here is a pic of a bud on my Kingfisher's Princess that's going to open soon.
January 22, 2013
I doesn't appear that I've talked about it in the past, so I'll bring this up now. Patrick Adrichem, the owner of Kingfisher Orchids, and the great man who has provided me with a great majority of my Phalaenopsis, now has his own website! As you probably guessed, it's called Kingfisher Orchids. It is still in the working phase, but it will get better as time passes. Currently he has a bunch of info about things such as flasking, stem propping, and preparing media, and he has pictures of several of his own crosses (with one of my pictures in there!), plus many miscellaneous pictures from his greenhouse. Come spring he plans on keeping a much more regularly updated list of what he has for sale, with something special planned for the early spring, something that all Canadian Phal connoisseurs should look forward to! (Since I am so darn talkative, I am his main mouthpiece to the internet, but I'll seal my lips with that little morsel)
Another great thing is that I am started to get connected with other novelty Phal growers who have some of the same great breeding ideas I do. So, for all of you lucky Canadians, there is potential that I will be regularly receiving stem props and potentially flasks from some friends, so I will be able to grow them out and share a few select seedlings with you! Another exciting thing is that there is great potential that I will soon be moving into colchicine treating my seedlings, hoping to get some great tetraploid novelties to breed with. Depending on how everything works out, one of my currently growing pods could be my first colchicine treated cross. I do plan on treating about 3/4 of each flask with colchicine, and then having the other 1/4 being an untreated, control flask, giving me plants I can be sure are diploid.
Wow, I sure hope everyone enjoys reading, as I wrote quite a lot before even inserting the page break and getting to the pictures!