Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's hot in California and so are the orchids

Today was another hot day in California - at least by California standards... I know in Arizona 80 degree weather is cool.  I thought summer was over, it's hot!

The warm temperature means it's also hot in the greenhouse which also means there's a lot of orchids in bloom, waiting to be admired.  Check out some of the blooming orchids in the greenhouse!

phalaenopsis taisuco egret

cymbidium chen's ruby

cymbidium tracyanum v. alba (sold out, available as a mature plant)

dtps. jiaho kitty face

dtps. taisuco gold x taisuco glory

tea cup orchid in 3" orchid pot

standard purple phalaenopsis
blc. hwa yuan grace king cat c. moscombe x blc memoria helen brown 
dtps. taida fortune

phalaenopsis timothy christopher golden stripe leaf

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Variety of orchids available at auction


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Getting Your Orchids Ready for Fall

Getting Your Orchids Ready for Fall - Orchids

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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A new species of orchid was discovered recently on Mount Kinabalu and the Crocker Range

This species, Dendrobium datinconnieae, has been named in honour of Datin Connie Wong Mui Yun, a Director of Kota Kinabalu-based Natural History Publications, which has been responsible for many authoritative books on the biodiversity of Sabah and the Malesian region.

URL: New Mt Kinabalu find | Daily Express Newspaper Online, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Laelia Purpurata is the state flower of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Laela purpurata
There is a great article written about this magnificent orchid here:

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cymbidium tracyanum v. alba and Cymbdium tracyanum

The albino version of the ever popular Cymbidium tracyanum - comes Cymbidium tracyanum v. alba.  The shape of the flower is undeniably a species flower shape with pointed petals and a "crouching dragon" flower shape.  The flower spike should be allowed to cascade, creating a pendant of blooms that will captivate you when you take a closer look. 

Cymbidium tracyanum v. alba

Cymbidium tracyanum

Friday, September 03, 2010

I love the changing of the seasons - even in California where the seasons change subtly, I can still feel the coming of autumn with slightly cooler nights and a bit of dampness in the air. The air is still and you can smell the vegetation. It's not cold by any means, just cooler. You can say its a perfect time of the year - weatherwise... not too hot, just right.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

What I Saw in the Orchid Greenhouse Today :)

Did you notice it was cooler last night than other summer nights? I noticed it and I'm sure many other north San Diego County residents noticed it too.  That means Fall is just around the corner! Woohoo!  It's ok to prune peach trees with the leaves still on them! Ha, that's the workings of an over anxious gardener.   

Orchid plants that were moved into our orchid packing facility will no longer remain there overnight, since it's getting cooler, they will need to be moved into the orchid greenhouse where the temperature can be maintained.  Here are the orchids I saw while they were being moved. 
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Oncidium Sharry Baby "Sweet Fragrance" AM/AOS

Oncidium Sharry Baby "Sweet Fragrance" AM/AOS

Oncidium Sharry Baby "Sweet Fragrance" AM/AOS

Miniature White Phalaenopsis with Red Heart

Purple Phalaenopsis with Red Heart

Dtps. Taida Salu Alisan

Dtps. Chian Xen Queen

Dtps. Fuller's Sunset

Phalaenopsis Sogo Lit Sunny

Dtps. Unimax Kate - (Hsinying Mount - Tinny Ace) U403