Friday, September 12, 2014

Pretty picture: Phragmipedium schroderae

According to my notes, this is the only "long droopy phrag" I took pictures of at the show. Part of this is because I was trying not to take paph and phrag pictures, because when I do it just leaves me depressed that I can't grow them, and part of it is because the photos don't turn out that well for me, a lot of the time.

Though this one actually looks pretty decent, considering.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Horticulture- / Landscaping-Related School Dance Themes

Black and White Trowel Ball

Enchantment Under the Fish Emulsion

Compost Magic

Mulch Masquerade

Rain Barrel Nights

A Weed to Remember

Gnome Alaska

A Midsummer Night's Lawn

Hoes and Rakes Formal

Fertilizer Dreams

Dancing With the Shrubs

All Those Flagstones

Old Time Pruners

Koi! Koi! Koi!

Hypertufa in New Orleans

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pretty picture: Masdevallia Golden Monarch

Not the best picture but at least reasonably color-accurate, I think.

Masdevallia Golden Monarch= Masdevallia Golden Angel x Masdevallia Monarch (Ref.)

In Anthurium/scale/thrips news:

I just couldn't bring myself to oil Anthuriums this week, either. So that's what, like three consecutive weeks of oiling, followed by two weeks of not-oiling?

The present situation:

1) I saw thrips again on Thursday (4 Sep.). Also saw 2 scale insects on one of the Agave victoriae-reginaes in the basement, on 3 September. It is unclear whether the insects in question were alive at the time, but even seeing dead ones isn't a happy occasion: I want to not see them at all.
2) A lot of the plants are sticky, too, from dried oil and dishwashing liquid. It'll wash off eventually, I assume, but it makes dealing with them slightly less pleasant until that happens.
3) I also suspect that some of the bud-dropping I've been seeing lately with the Anthuriums can be blamed on the oil.
4) And we did wind up losing #238 "Rudy Day," #247 "Selma Carr," and #243 "Sal Monella," most obviously from watering issues, but it's possible that the oil didn't help. #095 "Clarice Fulhartz" is still around, at least, and may live long enough to produce a bloom, though she doesn't seem to have produced any roots yet.
5) Even though it hasn't actually eliminated the thrips or scale, makes the plants unpleasantly sticky, may be killing buds or plants, and has an unpleasant smell, I think I'm still going to resume oiling this week. It did, if nothing else, make the thrips a lot harder to find, and it's possible that if I'd just kept it up for a couple more weeks, I might have actually gotten rid of them. I mean, it may not be likely. But it's possible, and I'm otherwise out of options. So.

I had plans last week to do a third Anthurium update post, about the species involved in breeding Anthurium varieties and/or what makes for "good" Anthurium foliage, but sort of ran out of time. Posting's likely to drop off again as I resume oiling the plants. (Sorry.)