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Happy New Year!

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Chuck-NH, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Best wishes to all! Here are a few plants in bloom now to celebrate the New Year!

    Masdevallia Dennis Riphenburg (a racemosa hybrid)
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    Maxillaria (Camaridium) scalariformis
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    Sophronitis wittigiana and coccinea
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    Bulbophyllum ankylochele (first time blooming and just opening)
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    Greenhouse in the cold (-25 C at night questions my sanity)

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  2. John Klinger

    John Klinger Active Member Supporting Member

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    Your plants look beautiful, don't like the outside photo, a little cool. And Happy New Year also.
     
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    Cheers to a better year than 2017!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Brrr... that looks cold. It is 67F here now and 88 in the greenhouse. I need to go open a window.

    That is a nice group of flowers to start the new year.

    Best wishes for a great year.
     
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  5. Kipper

    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    A Happy New Year to all of you guys! That last photo is the only way I like snow. In a picture. Or maybe on a postcard.
     
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    I don't mind the snow...it's the cold that really gets into the bones.
     
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    A happy new year! Wow, your place seems to be colder than interior Alaska (since it is crazy warm this winter)!
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    That is really weird Naoki! I remember Gakona, where the only reason they would cancel the Copper Basin 300 Dog sled race was if the the temperature was less than -50 F. And that was only because the snowmobiles used for setting the tracks wouldn't run that cold
     
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    Yes, it has been screwed up recently. We consider -30-40F to be pretty cold, we used to have a couple stretches of these very cold temp. But not too much recently. I haven't experienced -50F, but he car tires get frozen around -40F, and they aren't round, so we get bumpy ride for the first 5-10 min. Below -10F is quite cold, but above 0F, most people don't mind doing outdoor things. We have had only a couple days which goes below -10F this year, so it has been very nice winter! Indeed, it is 20F today!
     
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    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    Naoki, I really can not even imagine what -40 would be like. I am very unhappy if it is below 40 degrees F.
     
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    It is something you might want to experience at least once! The first winter here was a bit scary and exciting. My friend in Lubbock, TX, mentioned that it snowed there recently. Did it snow in Dallas area, too?
     
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    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    I actually saw sand size snowflakes for about three minutes! Had me worried there for a second...
     
  13. Chuck-NH

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    Well I drove in an ice storm one morning from Ft. Worth to Austin a few years back and when I got to the office in Austin, nobody was there! You Texans just don't experience the frozen precipitation enough . We are supposed to get a foot of snow tomorrow, but then 40 MPH wind and followed by between -20 and -30 F on Saturday night. Lost my primary heat for the greenhouse the other night. I Have a back up, but then there is no backup . Fixed now...was a problem with the gas regulator. I'm going to have to sell off a lot of the orchids to pay for this Winter's heating bill!
     
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    Hi Chuck, I have only seen snow twice in my lifetime and I am 70. Once in Europe and once in Tasmania, Aust. and it was only very light overnight snow. both when on holidays.
    I think I prefer my temps, lowest 0 degrees for a few days in the early morning and up to the 40s in summer and these temps are Celsius not sure of the conversion rate to F.
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    Hi Eric, 0C is +32F and 0F is about -18C. I like your lower temperatures but, 40's would be way too hot for me that's over 100F...that would kill most of my cool growers