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    Post by Dawn on Fri 30 Jul 2010, 4:50 am

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    Post by Dawn on Fri 30 Jul 2010, 4:52 am

    It was very pricey but I promise to look after it for ever
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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Jul 2010, 8:30 am

    What an absolutely beautiful orchid, Down. :love: It is such a lovely shade of colour. :photos: It looks to be worth every penny you paid for it, too. We need our little indulgences now & again, don't we?? (Actually, more than now & again, I say. :whistle: )

    One day, I shall pluck up the courage to visit the orchid grower, near here, & maybe buy one. Trouble would be choosing one as they seem to have a fairly large growing area & I would probably want more than one. :D PLUS I'd need to find the room to put it. :blush2:
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    Post by Dawn on Fri 30 Jul 2010, 8:10 pm

    Well! the CookTown orchid , ie the dendrobium I have is not a very big one and when they are established as mine are still fairly unestablished due to me splitting it, they do not take up a large space. The flower bract is long and festooned with the beautiful orchids. Me thinks, they would love your climate ( they come from your part of the world) Cymbidiums are very large they would take up a lot of space but the Dendrobiums do not grow that big at all. Anyhow i do not want to push you in a direction you do not want to go
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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Jul 2010, 8:58 pm

    Oh, it is not that I don't want to go there, Dawn, but we can barely get out through both patios as it is. :lol2: Now the Brazilian Walking irises are starting to grow more buds........................... :whistle:
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    Post by Dawn on Thu 19 Aug 2010, 3:58 pm

    Look what has thrown some buds! :smile:

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    Post by Joy on Thu 19 Aug 2010, 4:11 pm

    OMG, Dawn!!! That looks so promising!! :dance3: It looks fantastic!!! :dance:
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    Post by Dawn on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 7:25 pm

    The miniature Orchids have opened and this year I have had to bring them in as the wind and cold was damaging them. In bringing them in I have noticed they do have a very intense sweet fragrans, when in a closed environment. Which I never noticed when they were out side even if one went right up with the nose to a flower. :cool3:







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    Post by Dawn on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 7:27 pm

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    Post by Joy on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 9:01 pm

    These are gorgeous, Dawn. :love: So many beautiful flowers!! :apgch: They are exquisite. :dance3:

    Wonderful images, too!! The macro shot is great!! :photos:

    About the perfume, isn't vanilla a member of the orchid family?? Imagine what that flower would smell like. :whistle: :cool2:
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    Post by Dawn on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the photo compliments Joy! It is the trusty old Fugi again. I am trying not to revert back to it too much but hey just can't help it sometimes !!
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    No Unfortunately the fragrans isn't like vanilla I wish it were, though, I do love that smell. I can't put my finger on it yet, it is powdery, so it's soft but strong if that makes sense. It has a fragrans I have smelt in mixed pot pouri before I think, I am still trying to work it out. It's not rose. I am sure of that !! when I get it I will let you know what I think. I keep going back and having a whiff :smile:

    I am cooking a curry at the moment and that isnt helping my nose buds :lol!:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 10:01 pm

    Guess curry would do that to your nose buds. :lol!: At least it will blow your cold clear out of the water, though. :lol2: :whistle:

    PS Love your new avatar. It looks like an Illawarra flame tree. Is it?? If not it is very similar. :smile:
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    Post by Dawn on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 10:41 pm

    I just googled Illawarra flame tree , never seen one before , they are beautiful :love:. No Joy! it is a Coral tree flower or Ethrynia tree. It is the tree I have my bird feeders hanging in it is supposed to flower, but in 4 yrs I have not had a single flower. I took that image from my Robertson album when we were there that weekend. I have see others in the area are flowering and they are smaller than mine, soooo I am hoping this year I am going to get some?. But I don't think so somehow. This year is the first year for it to lose all its leaves as it is supposed to, they are very sensitive to climate. Very hardy trees but sensitive to heat and cold apparently. that is what I have been told ??
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    Post by Joy on Sun 05 Sep 2010, 9:17 am

    Oh yes, there are plenty of those growing around here, also. Probably more than the Aussie native. :whistle: They do look very similar to the flame tree as they both lose their leaves. The Illawarra flame tree is the only native Aussie tree that is deciduous.

    Do hope your tree will flower soon, Dawn but they do look pretty when their leaves come, too. :love:
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    Post by Dawn on Sun 05 Sep 2010, 10:06 am

    Joy this is a link to the exact tree I have. I didn't realise there were so many different Erythrina , until I look them up just now! :O :smile:

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    Post by Joy on Sun 05 Sep 2010, 10:13 am

    My word, that is one very useful tree, Dawn, as well as being very decorative. :good: :smile:

    Just don't chew the beans. :sick2:
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    Post by Dawn on Mon 06 Sep 2010, 1:25 am

    :sick2: Yeah no won't do. That is if I ever get any at this rate :bye:


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    Post by Joy on Mon 06 Sep 2010, 10:02 am

    :lol2:

    If your tree has, finally, lost all of its leaves, Dawn, then, maybe, it will flower this spring. Who knows, eh. :whistle:

    Perhaps we can use a bit of positive thinking to will it into flowering. Or even try some Zen. ;)
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    Post by Dawn on Mon 06 Sep 2010, 6:21 pm

    I don't think so Joy! as it is supposed to flower before the new leaves arrive and all the branches have already got new budding leaves :huh2: but I suppose it could still happen maybe, not sure if it remains a hard and fast rule with this tree, but that is what I understand it is supposed to do? It's just that I want to see my tree flower for the first time! that would be so :coolsign:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 06 Sep 2010, 9:08 pm

    It sure would be, Dawn. :luck:

    I wonder whether the tree needs a really good talking to. :angry: :whistle:
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    Post by Dawn on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 3:51 pm

    Earlier on in this thread I mentioned about the pink Phaleanopsis that was knocked over and had been deteriating somewhat. It never flowered when the other one did. But look at what I came back to . There are eight !



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    Post by Dawn on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 3:53 pm

    You can see the leaves are very soft and spongie. I think a repot when it has finished flowering.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 4:00 pm

    :apgw: :coolsign: Wow!!! They are magnificent, Dawn!! :love: Simply gorgeous. :bravo: Look what a bit of "neglect" can do. Though I am sure DH didn't really neglect your prized plants while you were away, did he. This would have been a wonderful surprise. :apgch: :cool4:
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    Post by Dawn on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 4:25 pm

    Thanks Joy! No he didnt neglect them at all he was very careful to water these every week for him. This one was the one I knocked over a while back in error when I moved furniture around and it set it back at lot. So I was very surprised to see it flower now. When it didn't flower at the same time the beige centred one did I thought it was not going to at all. This is the most flowers on one plant I have had from any of my Phals since getting them.

    There was only one thing I lost while I was away and that was the New Guinea impatience which I bought just before I left. The miniature rose suffered some dry spells but still have signs of life there. Not bad for 4 weeks away. for DH.

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