Mike has a growing collection of plants, many of which are orchids. They improved the apartment in
Chicago & Lafayette so much that I decided to try my thumb as well. The orchids he's flowered are posted on his orchids page.
For his birthday in 2004, I decided to let him choose some more orchids to raise, so we visited
Orchids by Hausermann & Oak Hill Gardens which are both in the Chicago suburbs.
We made several trips to Hoosier Orchids in Indy & Hilltop Orchids near Cloverdale later.

I ended up bringing quite a few plants to the southwest with me. I just hope
they manage to survive the lower humidity & less forgiving sun.


This was the first orchid I picked up. She is a Laeliocattleya hybrid named Nora's Melody. I got her
on 4/9/04 and she flowered two days later. She skipped flowering this year but at least she's growing again.

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This is the second orchid I picked up. It is Odontioda Nutley x Sanderae red
& came from Hoosier Orchids in the fall of 2004. The plant only cost $5 & managed to bloom fairly soon after I got it.

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The third and fourth orchids I picked up are both dendrobiums. I got them on 2/25/05 from Oak Hill Gardens.

Dendrobium Golden Fantasy (Golden Aya x capillipes) was blooming when I picked it up.
Dendrobium White Pony Akamoto has not decided to bloom yet, even though it's a larger plant.

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Den. Golden Fantasy (Golden Aya x capillipes)
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Den. Golden Fantasy (Golden Aya x capillipes)
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Den. White Pony Akamoto

Other plants

These are the other plants I have at the moment. The only one not shown is a Norfolk Island Pine that was
struggling before I brought it here & seems to be doing worse now. Hopefully the other plants won't suffer
the same fate. Unfortunately none are really blooming now except the miniature African violets.

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jade plant (crassula)
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jade plant (crassula)

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variegated creeping fig
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variegated ficus
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goldfish plant (nematanthus radicans)
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wax vine (senecio)
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lipstick plant (aeschynanthus)
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bronze leaf red begonia

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African violets (saintpaulia)

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pothos (scindapsus aureus)
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striped inch plant (callisia)

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wandering jew (tradescantia)

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