Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First Post

Hi there,

Here is my little blog about growing some plants on a balcony in a little town in Africa - the trials and tribulations, and the joys!

At the moment, we have 22 orchids from various sources:
  1. Angraecum sesquipedale AG0501 (Angraecum sesquipedale [AG971] Best Shape x s/d)) [bought from Exotic Plant Company on the Moreson Wine Estate in Franschhoek]
  2. Ansellia africana A0514 (Ansellia africana 'Darling Leopard' x Ansellia africana 'Darling Lips') [a La Motte orchid from Woolworths]
  3. Ascocentrum Mona Church (miniatum X ampullaceum) [R.F. Orchids, Florida, bought from Exotic Plant Company]
  4. Beallara Peggy Ruth Carpenter 'Everglades' (Bllra. Tahoma Glacier x Milt. Purple Queen) [bought from Exotic Plant Company]
  5. Cymbidium 2328 (Annie Kelly 'New Horizon' x Enzan Shining 'Geyserland') [Caro-Lin Orchids, from Pick n Pay, Grahamstown]
  6. Cymbidium KK1003 (Billion Dollar Baby #1 x Everglades ' Geyserland' 4n) [Caro-Lin Orchids, from Floradale Nursery in PE]
  7. Dendrobium kingianum [Casablanca florist, Grahamstown]
  8. Disa uniflora hybrid [bought at La Motte just after a interesting tour of their Disa growing houses by their horticulturalist, Neels van der Linde]
  9. Disa uniflora hybrid [bought at La Motte]
  10. Disa uniflora hybrid [bought at La Motte]
  11. Disa uniflora hybrid [bought at La Motte]
  12. Disa bivalvata [bought at Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens in a tissue culture flask from Cape Institute of Micropropagation
  13. Disa tripetaloides [bought at Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens in a tissue culture flask from Cape Institute of Micropropagation]
  14. Laeliocattleya Tropical Treat C0341 (LC. Tropical Treat [971] December x Laelia millerii) [a La Motte orchid from Woolworths]
  15. Paphiopedilum [PPOrchidee├źn.nl, bought from Exotic Plant Company on the Moreson Wine Estate in Franshhoek]
  16. Paphiopedilum [?, bought from Exotic Plant Company]
  17. Phalaenopsis [Casablanca florist, Grahamstown]
  18. Phalaenopsis [a La Motte orchid from Woolworths]
  19. Rhynchostylis coelestis [R.F. Orchids, Florida, bought from Exotic Plant Company]
  20. Sophrolaeliocattleya Kararizi Dawn 'Red Star' [bought from Exotic Plant Company]
  21. Stenoglottis S0703 (Sten. Saturn 'Electric' x Sten. woodii 'Gous') [bought from Exotic Plant Company]
  22. Zygopetalum [Lansbergen Orchidee├źn, bought from Exotic Plant Company]
As they come into flower, I'll post some pictures; I also need to update some of the names after I examine the labels!

Here's the "Rainforest":