Friday, May 13, 2011

Growing Area Expansion

Growing Area Expansion

I have had a general plan for an outdoor, year-round growing area for my Mexican Laelias for some time. When I scheduled an open house back at the beginning of the year I decided that it was time to actually build it. Yesterday, contruction started.

Laelia albida - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis will not be a greenhouse, just an area to diffuse the sunlight and keep the rain off. Our climate in Napa has a temperature profile similar to the Mexican desert but with a reversed rain pattern. On the very few nights when there is a hard freeze, I can use fans like the ones they use here for the vineyards to keep the air moving.

Laelia anceps 'Boulder Valley' HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have about 50 Mexican Laelias, mostly anceps. 10 are in clay and sphagnum and the rest are in bark. My goal is to get them all in clay and sphagnum and hanging in the new area over the next year. Anceps need lots of room and they will have it here. In addition, the anceps growing in the Sonoma greenhouse don't bloom in time for our spring show and I hope that the fall cool will move the blooming season forward.

4 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful!

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  2. I am excited, I will have a home for a big category of my collection. It is costing more than a few dollars, but well worth it.

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  3. That's cool!
    ~Lolly

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