Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Brassia Rex

Brassia Rex - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassia Rex - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassia Rex - Plant photo by Richard LindbergBrassia (Brs) Rex is in bloom. I've seen better but I'll take any flowers right now. The greenhouse is pretty empty of flowers.

The last note I have on this plant is from fall 2007. I must have done something to it since then. On the other hand it needs maintenance, at least a cleanup and re-pot. I will do that during my work session in the morning.

I get back from my long dog walk at about 9am and make an effort to go right out and spend an hour doing orchid maintenance. If I wait until gets warmer I can easily talk myself out of doing the work. I have skipped a week selling on EBay and I need to get five plants selected and photographed if I am truly committed to the goal of a reduced collection by October.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

L Zip 'Short Stack' x Lc Perelli Sunrise

L Zip 'Short Stack' x Lc Perelli Sunrise - Flower photo by Richard LindbergL Zip 'Short Stack' x Lc Perelli Sunrise - Flower photo by Richard LindbergL Zip 'Short Stack' x Lc Perelli Sunrise - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in bloom. I like the flowers and was happy to see them in a greenhouse short of flowers right now.

This plant is in bark in a 4-1nch plastic pot. It was re-potted two years ago and has come over from Sonoma with the last of the plants. It needs a serious cleanup and re-pot.

The new lens arrived. It helps a little with picture quality, but the most progress has come from shooting a LOT of pictures and taking notes on settings. I am almost happy with the results. I like the new flower photo showing the flower from both the front and the side.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Plant Photography (continued)

I promise that I will get back to orchids tomorrow. I was surprised how much this caused me a problem, mentally mostly. I had a comfortable setup. One camera on the tripod for indoors, the other for everything else.

Bulbophyllum Wilbur Chang - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI am getting this worked out. This is a picture that will become the catalog photo for this plant. It is my normal setup with flash. I was afraid that the flash would cast a harsh shadow, but I can hardly see it. I am still working through the post processing. It is becoming quicker and more mechanical and that how I want it.

The new lens has yet to arrive. I hope it will give that last increment of quality improvement and I can be happy with the pictures.

Friday, April 19, 2013

My Plant Photography

My tripod with the Olympus C-740 Ultrazoom attached got knocked over and is now history. It is not the finest camera in the world and the clasp on the battery cap was broken, but it was held shut if in was on the tripod. I had already bought a replacement camera but was still using the C-740 for indoor shooting. I knew how to work it and how to do the post-processing quickly.

The replacement camera is the Olumpus PEN Mini E-PM1. The reason I have not made the effort to learn how to do the indoor shooting with it was that I didn't have to. Now I have to.

The biggest obstacle is the lens that came with the camera. It is a 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6. At the close range and the generally low light level, I am getting a poor depth of field. I have ordered 17mm f2.8 lense that is equivalent to 34mm on a 35mm camera.

I am not certain that it was the right move but I need to make this new camera work. I have a good chunk of change invested in what I have so far. The use I have made of it so far (pictures of Maggie) could have been done with a point-and-shoot for far less money.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cattleya Chocolate Drop x Ctna Why Not

Cattleya Chocolate Drop x Ctna Why Not - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Chocolate Drop x Ctna Why Not - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Chocolate Drop x Ctna Why Not - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis has a very pretty flower. I am happy it bloomed, because I was worried. This is very over-potted. During the clay potting frenzy I didn't always have a proper sized pot and they are too expensive to buy new ones. I used what I had and hoped for the best.

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5-inch clay pot. It are three pseudobulbs and it stands ten inches above the pot.

I still have to make a start on reducing the number of clay pots. I am getting them all situated so that they can get good light.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Encyclia selligera

Encyclia selligera - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Encyclia selligera - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia selligera - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have had this Encyclia selligera for several years. It has bloomed, but has also died back almost as quickly as it has grown. I would expect to have a larger plant if it were happy. At least I was able to take a new flower picture. I don't anticipate selling it on EBay, but if I do, I have a picture large enough for their new guidlines.

Encyclia selligera grows in Mexico, the Bahamas and Central America in low altitude forests. It is fragrant. The genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies. They prefer intermediate conditions and a long, dry winter rest.

Perhaps it is time for a change. I am going to pot it and hang it outside for the summer. It is hard to tell until I get the plant off the mount, but there may be a backbulb division.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have a single flower on one of the Maxillaria tenuifolia plants. I have four of them, three bigger than this one. Even so, I consider this the collection plant. I have had it the longest and it was very large when I took it apart three years ago. I will be selling the last of these small divisions this year. After that I will let this plant grow out again. To get a good bloom, it takes a pretty good sized plant.

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria tenuifolia grows in Mexico and northern Central America. It is cool to hot growing and very fragrant. It blooms in spring and summer. The genus Maxillaria (Max) contains 650 some species spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They have a single flower. Generally warm to hot growing.

This is potted in bark over peanuts in a 3 1/4-inch plastic pot. There are sixteen pseudobulbs and stands twelve inches above the pot.

Maxillaria picta grows in Brazil and Argentina. It is a high light, cool to warm growing plant. It blooms in winter and spring and is fragrant.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean'

Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe Myrmecophila tibicinis is still alive. It is doing a little better in Napa. I moved it from Sonoma last year. No sign of blooming.

Myrmecophila tibicinis grows from Mexico through northern South America. It is warm to hot growing, wants full sun and is fragrant. The plant is big and the spike can be as much as 15 feet long. The genus Myrmecophila contains 8 species that are a subset of Schomburgkia and were separated because of the hollow pseudobulbs. They are found in tropical areas of the new world.

Since it wants full sun I think I will try growing it outside. I will hand water and see how it reacts.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pholidota chinensis

Pholidota chinensis - Flower photo by Richard LindbergPholidota chinensis - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMy Pholidota chinensis is blooming well again this year. I have it in the warmest, brightest and wetest spot in the greenhouse. I was a little worried because the winter was dry but it seems to have come through fully hydrated.

Pholidota chinensis - Plant photo by Richard LindbergPholidota chinensis grows in Vietnam, Burma, Hong Kong and southern China. It is warm to hot growing and fragrant.The genus Pholidota contains 30 species growing from India to South China, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea into the Pacific Islands and south to Australia.

I have been able to get an improved flower picture. It shows the chain of flowers and is larger to go with EBay's new size standard. I have not been able to locate all of the original pictures to re-process them bigger, so I am taking care of those I can when the plant blooms.

I have two large divisions that I will sell later in the year and a good flower picture is important.

Monday, April 8, 2013

First Lady Cattleyas

Art Chadwick of Chadwick Orchids is looking for divisions of four Cattleya hybrids named for First Ladies
•   Mamie Eisenhower
•   Pat Nixon
•   Rosalynn Carter
•   Nancy Reagan
If you know where a division of one of these plants please email Art at chadwickorchids.com. They are writing a series of articles for the AOS.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Central California Orchid Society

I enjoyed my visit to the Central California Orchid Society meeting. They are a very friendly group. Before the meeting members who saw me as a new face and came to welcome me. They had a silent auction going and a big opportunity table.

I got a chance to clear my compost heap give out backbulbs to everybody. One man's junk is another man's treasure. These are divisions I would normally grow myself but I am trying to make space in the greenhouse for all the plants from Sonoma that are spending the summer outside. They were a pretty broad group of species in various stages of growth.

I got a late start getting plants ready for EBay. I will do a group of plants on a 5-day listing starting Monday at 4pm PDT.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Maxillaria picta

Another of the Maxillaria picta divisions is in bloom. It needs to be repotted and it has given me the opportunity to get another flower picture. I liked the one I had but it was too small for the new EBay rules and I have lost the digital original.

Maxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Maxillaria (Max) contains 650 some species spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They have a single flower. Generally warm to hot growing.

Maxillaria picta grows in Brazil and Argentina. It is a high light, cool to warm growing plant. It blooms in winter and spring and is fragrant.