Lowveld Orchid Group Show Nelspruit

Well, there it is, show number 3 of this year – the, let’s say, compact but absolutely marvelous show in Nelspruit! Beautiful plants on display, my favourite paphs and zygos were beautiful.

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As I pre-ordered six plants I was deeply convinced in my soul that I will not buy anything. And then Dr Pink Cucumber pointed out the bargain bins of R100 each, with four plants in them! I could not just leave those babies there!

Anyways, about that and our, let’s call it financially crippling trip to the absolutely heavenly Afri Orchids nursery in the next post.

Buds and Spikes!

Yesterday after going a bit nuts with our new sewing machine (suddenly a lot of our pillows needed to have their cases made, and studying or exercising didn’t get high enough on the priorities list), I went on to have my daily relaxing orchid check-up.

I watered some, sprayed some, talked to all of them. Bobette, our Psychopsis papilio, is just about to open her bud (which I managed to snap off when I was getting into our car 10 minutes after buying her). She’s also busy with her other bud, as the flower fell off a few weeks ago.

3We’re leaving for Kruger on Friday and I have that bad feeling that she’ll open up an hour after we’re gone. But oh well, as long as she’s happy and growing.

What made my heart stop and made me scream and dance and write capslocked gtalk messages to Dr Pink Cucumber was my inspection of Bob, our Zygopetalum James Strauss. He, after having him for over a year, is producing a spike from his last year’s growth! I thought that would not happen, as he’s busy growing new leaves/bulb, but there it is, a lovely green little thing that made me so so happy.

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I already can’t wait to see him when we get back home – 10 days is a long time for a little baby spike to grow. And of course, we’ll be bringing more friends from Van Rooyen Orchids and Afri Orchids to live with him.

NGOS Autumn Orchid Show

Another beautiful show we’ve been to this year is the Northern Gauteng Orchid Society’s show in Safari Garden Centre in Pretoria, where I got to help out for a few hours. And by help out I mean babble about orchids uncontrollably with other enthusiasts.

The plants were breathtaking, the atmosphere absolutely fantastic and of course – tons of wonderful plants for sale. Dr Pink Cucumber has been in charge of the camera this time and I think he did a wonderful job!

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As we’re also going to the Nelspruit show this weekend, I only got one noID orphan phal, who is now happily living like a little bat in our bedroom. Mr. Batman, as I decided to call him from now on, has a few broken leaves, but tons of healthy roots. He was sitting there in the far corner of the table, for R30, begging me to take him home, I couldn’t resist. I really hope he’ll turn out to be white, as I’ve been wishing for a white phal for a while now.

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Super excited about Friday – we pre-ordered a few plants (OK, I ordered them and six is not a few per se), and we get to spend some time in Kruger, hurray to that!