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I am just an orchid hobbyist, trying to grow and bloom these wonderful plants. Most of the orchids are in the greenhouse, and the rest are under the patio attached to the main house.

Friday, October 01, 2010

More flowers in bloom

Dendrobium Blue Violetta

Cattleya maxima

Blc. Magic of Mishima 'Volcano Queen'

Diacattleya Chantilly Lace 'Twinkle' HCC/AOS

Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanani'

Friday, August 27, 2010

Phalaenopsis NOID in bloom

Here's one of the phalaenopsis orchids that I have in bloom.
They were languishing in the greenhouse so I brought them into the house.
They responded really well to the indoor settings next to my office window.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

08/22/2010 - Greenhouse Update - Bloom pictures from the past three months

Epicattleya Siam Jade 'Avo'

Eplc. Mae Bly 'Ching Hua Splash'

Cymbidium NOID

Den. NOID (White with green piping)

Blc. Dewey Forest 'Kudos'

Blc. Waianae Leopard 'Ching Hua'

Blc. Samba Gift 'Hawaii'

Cattleya Hawaiian Wedding Song 'Virgin' (They are all over my greenhouse)

Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanani' (8 inflorescences)

Howeara Lava Burst 'Puanani' (8 inflorescences)

Den. Palolo Sunshine x Den. gouldii

Brassanthe Island Stars (another color variation, with some flower mutations)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Orchid garden is expanding. New shadehouse construction in progress.

It was becoming clear that the larger orchids (cymnidium, grammatophyllum, etc) are clamoring for more space, and more sunlight than the greenhouse would allow.
So after a few months of saving up, the "Orchid Budget" had enough funds to purchase a new shadehouse that will better accommodate these outdoors orchids.

It is a 20ft x 10ft Carport kit, made of 1 3/4 inch powder coated steel tube, and a thick canvas top.
This should allow plenty of space, air flow, and plenty of light while protecting the plants from direct afternoon sun.

I placed it south of the greenhouse, along a north-to-south axis.

I am still reviewing the plant locations and will continue to fine tune the setup as I go along. As you can see on some of the pictures, I have installed additional green shade fabric on certain sides for additional protection from direct afternoon sunlight.

Early stages of construction.

Additional shade fabric installed.

Plants brought outside for acclimation.

Trying out different plant arrangements.

More plants.

I am also going to place an outdoors table and chairs inside the shadehouse so we have a little outdoor reading/sitting area away from the house.

I will post more updates as they become available.

This does present a new problem for me (and my budget).
Moving all these bulky plants out of the greenhouse created a lot of available space inside the greenhouse. So again I am starting to hear these voices in my head "Buy more orchids!".

Thursday, April 08, 2010

One of my articles will be published in Orkideer !

I recently received confirmation from the editor of Orkideer, the Swedish orchid magazine, that my article on mounting orchids will be included in their April 2010 publication.

This is very exciting news for me since this is the first time a major publication has adopted one of my articles.

If you are an Orkideer subscriber, or if you are a hobbyist in that area, please check it out.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

New Blooms

The weather is starting to warm up again, and some of the flowers are starting to open.

3 variations of Bc. Island Stars (?)

These were originally purchased as part of a single community pot (compot) of B. Little Stars x Bc. Maikai 'Hawaii'.
The registered cross name is Brassanthe Island Stars




Group photo

I cannot confirm if these are all in fact, Brassanthe Island Stars. But they were all labeled accordingly when I originally purchased them.

Other photos

Unidentified Oncidium

Growing Areas