Monthly Archives: July 2017

Letter from Austin

Originally posted on O at the Edges:
Letter from Austin Michael, when you say moons do you see cold stone floating in the firmament or phrases frayed in the mouth and spat on paper? And does the Spanish moon simmer…

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Sunday with Jared & Revisiting The Calyx

My friend Samantha has kindly volunteered her thirteen year old son to come and help me in the garden every Sunday morning.  Jared is much taller than me and more dexterous so I try to exploit these advantages.   He … Continue reading

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Winter Orchids Down Under

This morning I visited the North Shore Orchid Society’s winter exhibition that was jam packed into a small space at the entrance of the Gordon Shopping Centre. Cymbidiums dominated but I found most of them too stiff and artificial,  standing … Continue reading

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Orchid Show Eastwood Winter 2017

There are dozens of orchid shows around Sydney throughout the year, the busiest time during spring but we are in winter and yesterday we attended one of the suburban shows. The venue was the centre court of a small shopping … Continue reading

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There Will be Shadows

This morning I met Sue, my friend and sister of Jan the champion jam maker at Sydney ‘s Royal Botanic Gardens to look at the vertical garden and garden beds that were planted by three horticulturists in six days.  More … Continue reading

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Relocation of a No Name Orchid

I have an orchid that needs identification or I will have to invent an identity for it.  I no longer remember its origin but it is likely that I bought it at our local market in North Sydney.   It … Continue reading

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Naming and Renaming Orchids

We have all been indoctrinated to believe that the ‘most important thing’ regarding repotting of an orchid is “don’t forget the label!”.   I repeat this advice to my thirteen year old helper, Jared, regularly.  But I often forget and … Continue reading

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Rehousing Orchids

Continuing from earlier:  after resettling the largest plant, I decided to take a look at the smallest of the collection of Dendrobiums, a kingianum.  It appeared to have been dislodged from its pot and the roots were sitting on top … Continue reading

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What to do with Thirty Orchids

Whether I am addicted to orchids or whether I am addicted to online shopping, recently thirty orchids were delivered to me by Australia Post.  Most of them were small plants in 50mm/2 inch pots except for this zygopetalum that came … Continue reading

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