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A bunch of pictures of the Looking Glass

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Alexis, May 2, 2009.

  1. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    When we built the Looking Glass 2 years ago, my husband christened it the "Looking Glass." He said it was like entering another dimension, and the name stuck. He even made me a sign that hangs over the door.

    The winds are relatively calm today, so I thought I'd take some pictures. Given my choice, and no other pressing responsibilities, this is where I spend my weekends toiling away the time.

    First, the bulbo groupings.

    The third pic shows my only shadey area in the entire 24x36' structure.
    050209-all-bulbos.jpg 050209-bulbo-screen.jpg 050209-more-bulbos-and-shad.jpg
     
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    Alexis New Member

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    More

    Species Dends and Phals
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    Alexis New Member

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    Final installment

    These pics show some of the Catt alliance species, and a bunch of vandaceous stuff.
    050209-mounted-catts.jpg 050209-vandaceous.jpg 050209-vandas-etc.jpg
     
  4. Clark

    Clark Gator Member

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    Nice Alexis. Must be nice not having to heat.
     
  5. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    It looks great! Where's Peanut?
     
  6. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Damn.
     
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    Thanks, peeps.

    Clark, I did have to heat a few times this past winter. The entire structure gets wrapped in poly, and I run a couple of propane heaters. PITA.

    I am very fortunate that I can grow outside all year, but often I find myself trying to figure out how to outsmart Ma Nature. For example, we've had an extraordinarily dry spring (for us) humidity wise, and my plants are showing signs of stress. I'm having to water at night just to give the plants a chance to absorb what they need.

    Karen, Pea was banished to the house for slaughtering an anole (type of lizard.) As I was shaking her in the atttempts to get her to release it, I felt a pain and saw blood on my arm. Damned anole had chomped on to me in its attempt to get away from her. No good deed goes unpunished...
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is fabulous. What a pleasure to see it. Thanks.
     
  9. Orchidbyte

    Orchidbyte Active Member

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    WOW, I want to live there

    Incredible love they way you have the plants with different media, like the coconut fiber poles, great idea.
     
  10. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    Looks like paradise to me.
     
  11. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    awesome setup Alexis...really makes me think I need to move ;)
     
  12. Ann

    Ann Beadin' fool

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    Wow, Alexis! That's beautiful. I once took an anole away from my cat and spent several long minutes with a tweezer pulling cat hair out of it's wide open mouth. It was packed with cat hair. They fight like banshees! I love your Looking Glass. I spent a long time on Bauer Drive in Homestead at my DH's parents' egg farm in the early 60's and realize now how great it would have been for orchids which were in my future. Nice set-up!
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Those plants are so happy in the "Looking Glass". Thanks for the update, Alexis.
     
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    Thanks, everyone!

    Ann, Bauer Dr runs perpendicular to my avenue, and is about 1/3 of a mile south of us. Small world, eh?
     
  15. Wendy H

    Wendy H Just me

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    Realy nice setup. I'm envious.
     
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    I could shop there, easily.

    It's great, Alexis.
     
  17. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    That is really nice. I could spend a few hours out there for sure.
     
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    WOW! That´s amazing!!
     
  19. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    cheese and crackers that is beautiful

    it sure has come a long way, and WOW have you ever filled it up !!!!!!!!!
     
  20. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    What a wonderful growing space!