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Another ground orchid & a newbie

The clump of nun's cap orchids [Phaius species] is also putting out bloom spikes. This is normally our "spring" bloomer, sort of like daffodils up north. When it blooms, we know the dreary season is over and it's time to buy the sun block and get out the tank tops. The Spathoglottis ground orchids [we have three clumps--pink, red, and purple] usually don't get with it until late March or April; but then they don't stop blooming until late November. We always have these at Thanksgiving when a lot of other plants have more or less given in.

Went to Home Depot yesterday to get some acid food for the various hibiscus and gardenia plants. Forgot [a senior moment] that it was Valentine's Day. A real zoo. But along with the fertilizer, we picked up a succulent that looks like a blue version of the pencil plant [cactus and succulent plants have got to be the worst-labeled plants in the trade] and a beautiful cymbidium hybrid [ident too long to copy here]. This is one of terrestrial cymbidiums, so I'm torn between poking it in the ground someplace and keeping it in a pot. It's in an 8 inch pot [read 1 gallon] now, so an attractive Mexican or Thailand pot to replace the black plastic would probably run $30 to $40. Not sure I'm up for that.

Island Jim Southwest Florida Zone 10

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