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copernicia

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PalmGuyWC

So how about the orchids, please? They HAD to come from Mexico or extream S. Texas.

Dick

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Now Dick do I look like the type who would remove plants from the wild and keep them at home to preform for my enjoyment like so many circus monkeys?

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PalmGuyWC

Ummm!  Actually, probably. :)

Dick

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_Keith

(palmotrafficante @ Jan. 19 2008,12:16)

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Now Dick do I look like the type who would remove plants from the wild and keep them at home to preform for my enjoyment like so many circus monkeys?

I don't believe for a minute you would do that, you would not keep them at home, you would keep them on the farm.

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Dick, I dont honestly know the names of the orchids and thats gospel, they are native  to upper elevations of Tamaulipas,and san luis potosi. the little yellow flowered ones and the ones we started calling onion bulps were epiphytic(sp?) the corn cob one was growing on the ground.   and yes they dont seem to mind the cool weather.

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look familiar?

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Dick, you really think that about me?

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PalmGuyWC

Oweeee! Bad on me.........Such a picture of modesty and innocence. Now, about those orchids, and I know this is off subject, but I find this very interesting.

I'm pretty sure the orchids you pictured in flower and bud is the same species that I collected in S. Georgia over 40 years ago, except yours looks much more robust than the smaller growing ones in Ga. It's been a long time ago, but the ones we found were growing in an unusual rock formation near Broxton Ga. There was a name for the place because it was so unusual for that part of Ga. They were growing in a limestone depression that had vertical walls much higher than our heads and water was dripping along the cliffs.

It must have been cold the night before because I remember large icicles hanging down from the vertical walls. My buddy and I had heard about this place and that there was a epiphytic orchid growing there. They were growing on the limestone walls and also growing low at the base of trunks of small oaks trees where it was moist. We thought it was very unusual to find an epiphyte growing this far north in Georgia.

We collected some of the small orchids and I remember growing them for several years. They had pale green flowers and if given more sun they had outlines of maroon on the edge of the petals. They seemed to like a lot of moisture and grew better in part shade.

The mystery to me is....how did these orchids find their way to such a northerly location and so far from Mexico? I don't pretend to know much about orchids, although I've tortured quite a few in my lifetime, but maybe someone out there knows what species this is.

I do remember there was a breeder in N. Calif. who was using this orchid as a parent to instill cold hardiness and color and larger flowers in an epiphyte.

Dick

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Dick, all I know is that the little yellow flower orchid grows like gangbusters in that part of the world, is it native? I would say so but dont know for sure, you need an expert like travis or zac to fill in the blanks on the orchids.

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Okay, not a bad start for January, I got 2 projects out of the way, one was planned the other sorta just popped into my head.

Some visitors and guests of the farm hvae the habit of backing over my water meter, this water meter is in my opinion really hard to hit, but after the 5th or 6th time I decided to fix all that!

the little black dot in the back is the meter can

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adjusting the slope and removing the bermuda grass

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different angle

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give'er hell manuel!!

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I decided that this back fence line could use some palms, and that since it was an out of the way spot it would be perfect for the Acrocomias

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and some med fans

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5 gallon size hole in 5 seconds :)

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one of my favorite tools here on the farm.

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livistona decora watching its new home being dug

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almost done, I am trying to mix in some palms that I dont already have in the landscape, so I used some livistona australis the acrocomias and then some old faithful royals and med fans.

It's hard to see now but in 2 or 3 years my neighbors wont be visible!

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this and the railroad ties should keep people from running over the meter when they back up in the area we call the turnaround

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Exotic Life

Nice work!

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add a little mulch to keep the weeds in check

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mulching around the meter, these ties that are instaled are a full 4 feet in the ground , they are abnormally long ties, should keep people from hitting the meter can

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(Exotic Life @ Jan. 30 2008,12:33)

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Nice work!

thank you robbin

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looking back towards the south

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100% pure mesquite mulch

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down on this end the north side I have less space to work with , so I used a buch of old multi washingtonias and cuban royals to block my view

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I hope this is the LAST time I have to replace the meter and can.

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dont look like much right now but wait till the end of the summer,

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In the spirit of balance I decided now would be as good a time as any to attack the front fence line, I had said earlier I was going to line it with Bismarckias

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Holes ready to go

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Tick birds giving his approval

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25 bismarckias

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25 meds

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nice pups on these meds

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laid out and ready to plant

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now just need a little time and some water

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color on bismarckias

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I am so mad, having to water by hand , had planned on running a ditch along these palms and flooding them, the big tractor with the ditch push needs a transmission filter and John Deere wont have my make and model in from the warehouse till late thursday :angry: , oh well could be worse

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