A. pedatoradium from Chiapas
Windy, do I know that and I sure
wish I had your weather! |
We are now considering selling our 120 year old colonial home with the
atrium attached and move all the rare and wild collected specimens plus
starts of most everything from NW Arkansas to Little Rock. As some of
you know my eventual goal is to donate the entire collection to the
Little Rock Zoo to be displayed in a new rain forest exhibit they are
hoping to build. Almost all the plants in the ground will stay as well
as the hanging log since I'm afraid I would destroy it by trying to
take it down.
My goal is to build a building twice this size so I can add even more
"logs" as well as many rare and large aroid species. Due to Dr.
Croat's work my concentration is now on Ecuadorian species and I need a
lot more room for plants to climb as well as places to hang all the
plants from the ceiling as they grow. As you can see we use a lot of
12 inch square orchid baskets to grow our large Anthurium species so
they at least appear to be in their natural epiphytic form. We already
have specimens hanging over the walkways with 6 foot spans, especially
on the opposite side of the pond and waterfall which isn't shown!
I'm hoping showing these photos does not violate my trust with Derek
since they were taken for an Aroideana article in the next issue. As
you can see we've used up just about all the room. You'll at least
get to see a bit of color here on one photo including our large
epiphytic log which is now beginning to produce blooming orchids as
well as many bromeliad species with an inflorescence! The center post
has large species growing as high as 18 feet already! And by the way,
if you want to buy a "rain forest" this one may soon be for sale, at
least a lot of it!
If you want to see more my article telling of all the mistakes we made
while building our "rain forest" plus a lot more good reading will be
in the next issue. If you're not already a member you need to go to
the International Aroid Society right now and join on the IAS website.
That way you'll receive the next issue of Aroideana plus a lot more!
PS: All of you are welcome to visit anytime! We host lots of guests.
Windy Aubrey wrote:
Although at times it seems that room
to grow 'everything' seems impossible, never give up!
Even though I am lucky to live in an
environment conducive to grow just about anything 'tropical' without a
greenhouse, I continue to grow my plants on benches and contained in a
hard roof greenhouse.
I do hang a lot of plants, but the
majority of everything I grow is up on benches.
To fill my space as full as possible
I have even employed tiered benches, and that allows for even more.
Remember....If there is a will,
there is a way! ;>)
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