10 July 2014

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I’ve been waiting TEN MONTHS to write this news. The Orchid House is up!

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Our good friend Verona who grows orchids commercially called to tell us she had several hundred seedlings she’d give us if Akka and Monica also wanted to grow orchids. So Austin hired the bulldozer and got a site prepared. This photo was taken on September 25, 2013.
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Over the months we worried that Verona might think we forgot about her offer or that we didn’t care, and she might give the seedlings to someone else or the seedlings might die, or we’d never get around to building the house. …. Then Vina’s husband Rakesh the Carpenter became available to work for us. Huzzah!
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06-12-14 orchid terrace  R
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Three weeks ago, the posts went in.
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06-19-14 orchid 2  R
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Verona sent over 3 boxes of seedlings, which we kept in the shade and sprinkled with water from time to time.
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The frame got made.

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06-25-14 orchid 1  R

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The house got covered with shade cloth. It turns out orchids need black shade cloth, but we used our leftover green cloth for some of the sides.

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07-10-14 orchid house 2 R

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The entire house has to be tightly screened against moths, or the moths will interfere with the flowers setting.
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07-10-14 orchid house 5 R
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Akka made temporary tables of cement blocks and gothic mesh, and we put a Teitei guest to work sticking seedlings in the mesh. After the plants rest up and recover, they will get transferred to plastic bags with gravel. I hope this business works for us!
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(Junia was not really standing over our hard-working guest like a tyrant, not the whole time)

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07-10-14 Palau flower 2  Cr
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PALAU FLOWER
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I was thinking of Palau for the last few weeks because I’ve been seeing this flower around. Austin grew them in Palau.
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07-10-14 Palau flower 1  R
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These flowers are so odd, with the flowers growing down in the middle of the plant, from the “trunk.”  In Palau Austin had these in red, pink, white, orange, pale orange, yellow and purple.
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FOOD CORNER
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We grow these turmeric roots, in Fiji called haldi – the Hindi name (हल्दी). My sisters-in-law tried to sell us on using it. One would grate the roots into everything she cooked. The other one would chomp down like Bugs Bunny on a carrot. We never got into them. However, for some reason this week, Akka got inspired. He made “golden milk” with fresh haldi, milk powder and our honey for everyone, and some dairy-free “golden juice” for me. It was tasty. We were looking forward to some super-health energy boost. Instead it just made us all sleepy.
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07-10-14 come-hither flower 1  Cr
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COME HITHER FLOWER
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Last night some new arriving guests sat on our verandah sniffing the air – what is that beautiful scent? After a bit I smelled it also. Yummy! Austin said it was a plant blooming. He stepped outside and returned with this flower-packed branch.
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My guest and I eagerly stuck our faces into the branch to get a really good whiff …. and both came up with unenthused faces. It just didn’t smell that good close up.
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This led to a discussion of how things can be more attractive at a distance than closer up (making me think of a few personality types, actually). Austin refused to go that direction, saying that the molecules traveled far to attract the moths, and that I must go out to photograph the flower on the plant and all the moths that were attracted to it. Turns out this plant is RIGHT outside our entryway. Sheesh! The things I don’t notice!
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Four photos and just one little moth. Clearly, this personality is STILL not that attractive close up. I rest my case.
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CORAL PRESS
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If you are interested, here is an article about Austin (and his underwater floral-fauna) in Spanish that he received the link for this week – https://issuu.com/hoyrd/docs/en_sociedadd/68?e=0

 

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5 thoughts on “10 July 2014

  1. Ah, fresh turmeric root! I used to be able to get that in London (OK NOT as fresh as yours!), but in Spain it’s hopeless…

    Well done on putting up the orchid house! Can’t wait the beautiful blooms that will continue to spring from it in the years to come 🙂

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