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July 8, 2019

So this strange ‘winter’ continues. I just came in from my bushhouse where it has rained overnight and the forecast today is for scattered showers but with a temperature of up to 19 degrees. The overnight temperature was 11 degrees and this is predicted for the rest of...

Dendrobium Awesome

It is a large plant carrying 4  long inflorescences, two of which were over 0.5 m long carrying over 20 flowers plus buds.  The mature flowers were of excellent shape, large (7x5 cm) and had very attractive colours.  The tepals were dark pink with yel...

June 7, 2019

Well June has arrived and bar for the Victorian high country the weather is still mild. Here at home in May we enjoyed 20+ degree days and the lowest temp so far had been 7 degrees. Then a cold front came thru and dumped snow and more than a bucketful of rain along wit...

May 3, 2019

This month I have felt the temperature drop to 10 degrees overnight but the days are varying from 22-25 degrees. The Cymbidium canaliculatum pots hanging on my clothesline are looking good and when I feel the black pots they are very warm to the touch and there is stil...

Dendrobium bigibbum var. compactum

It was quite a young plant with 2 flowering spikes but only one of which carried fully open flowers. Being the time of the year for the flowering of this well-known and popular Australian species, there were about half a dozen plants o...

April 5, 2019

Some years ago in the mid ‘80’s when I was really struck with native orchids after attending an ANOS show at Mona Vale hall and seeing the arching spray of a Dendrobium speciosum var. speciosum ‘Charlie’, I had been hooked and I joined Manly Warringah Orchid Society. I...

March 13, 2019

Well we are into March now and passed the worst of the summer but watch out for those hot days that may occur. Make sure that you don’t let any water sit for too long on the leaf axils. Better yet spray with a fungicide such as eco-fungicide® at 4gm/l and eco-oil® at 5...

March 10, 2019

Earina valida

Plant of the Evening is a rather uncommon epiphyte seldom seen in monthly benching.  It is a member of a small genus Earina which currently is comprised of only 7 species, all native to various islands in the Pacific Ocean.  Earina valida can be...

February 14, 2019

Well January is finished and the hot and humid weather continues. I go out each evening between 5-7:00 pm and mist all the plants. Yes, I know that I could have this done electronically, as I have a controller installed but I like being in the bush house amid my plants...

February 7, 2019

Dockrillia Limestone

The Plant of the Evening for the January 2019 meeting was Dockrillia Limestone. The plant, a rather small specimen, had 8 flowering spikes each bearing 6-7 large attractive flowers, all in good conditions. Each flower was widely open with spreading...

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