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Costus spicatus

Costus spicatus, “spiked” ginger

The first buds on the jade vine opened this week. Only one stem of these gorgeous flowers right now, but there are a bunch more coming and we expect an amazing display in another week or two. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when these flowers begin to open. If you’ve never seen a jade vine, you have to experience it! Meanwhile the Indian clock vine has been producing a few more stems of flowers, so we expect a big show on that vine soon.

Lots of orchids are in spike to bloom soon, too. We have flowers coming on the specimen Onc. sphacelatums and the Smbc. Diamond Head. The Cattleya aurantiacas and some of the Cattleya skinneris are in full bloom, and the big Lc. Gold Digger is just starting to bloom. We have gorgeous flowers on the big Cattleya lueddemanniana, too. and we have buds on some of the pendent dendrobiums, too. One of the big spiral gingers, Costus spicatus, is just starting a bloom cycle, and the white bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) is flowering,  This is the time of year when many of our big specimen plants are in flower (and the weather is usually terrific!).

White bird of paradise

White bird of paradise

You can see all of this, and lots more, on one of our free weekend garden tours. Every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting (read: not raining), we escort a 45-60 minute walking tour of Bob’s and Mike’s private garden at 11am and 3pm. No reservation is necessary, just be here a few minutes before start-time. Meet your guide at the bridge. (For a nominal fee, we can arrange private garden tours for groups at other times, please contact us for details.)

Spring Orchid Camp Schedule

We’ve just set up the schedule for the spring series of our orchid culture classes here at the nursery. You can download the schedule brochure here. Send us your registration soon!

If you can’t come to Homestead for orchid culture classes, remember that we have culture pages here on the site. We have a culture sheet for cattleyas, for phalaenopsis, for vandas, four sheets for different groups of dendrobiums, and another one with tips on making your orchids bloom.

AOS Spring Meetings in South Florida

The 2017 Spring AOS Members’ Meeting, May 17-21, will be in conjunction with the Redland Festival here in South Florida. Meeting registration includes admission to the Festival and to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, AOS has some terrific social events planned, the new AOS library at Fairchild will be open, and “Orchids Through the Artists’ Eyes”, a fabulous exhibition of orchid-themed art will be open in Fairchild’s beautiful new art gallery space. We’ll have more information on the art exhibit soon, but in the meantime, you can register for the AOS meetings on the society’s site, www.aos.org. There are special hotel rates, too.

22WOC Tour Filling Fast!

If you’re thinking about joining our tour group to 22WOC in Ecuador, don’t wait too long! We already have many reservations for this amazing itinerary, and space is limited. We do still have room for you, but we may not have it much longer. We’re going on to Peru after the Conference, and among other fascinating locations, we’ll be visiting fabled Machu Picchu. You don’t want to miss this! Tour details are here on the site.

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