Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pretty pictures: Phalaenopsis Brother Goldstone

I guess I'm feeling better again. That was unpleasant. Fortunately, I don't have to jump right into the blog again right away, 'cause it's time for another orchid.

Ancestry, as far as I can determine: Phalaenopsis Fortune Buddha x P. amboinensis.

I like this, actually. It's neat. Especially by Phalaenopsis standards.

P. amboinensis is pretty cool all by itself, by the way. You should google it.

The Scalepocalypse 2012 update:

Ardisia elliptica (15 Nov 2012, basement) -- washed by hand with soapy water and paper towel, rinsed, neemed again.
Cyrtomium falcatum (15 Nov 2012, basement) -- discarded. It hadn't been doing well over the last couple years anyway. Possibly overpotted.
Podocarpus macrophyllus (15 Nov 2012, basement) -- neemed. So much for not being mad at it.
Ficus elastica 'Tineke' or similar cv. (15 Nov 2012, basement) -- washed by hand, rinsed, neemed.

So basically two steps forward, two steps back.1 They're staying confined to the basement as far as I can tell, which is good, and I haven't seen any on the east side of the basement in a very long time, so maybe I only have to get the west side clean and then the nightmare will be over.

Or, maybe they're still on the east side and I just haven't been looking closely enough. Or maybe they truly are confined to the west, but will migrate east as soon as they sense that I'm trying to get rid of them. Maybe they're scale from an alternate universe, and will come and go as they please through dimensional rifts that open up among the Begonias. It will tell you something about my present state of mind that all three of these options seem equally plausible.


1 If you just had the thought "We come together 'cause opposites attract," congratulations! You and I are approximately the same age!


Liza said...

Stupid bugs. I spent a lot of time today cleaning off mealies.

orchideya said...

I like this phal too. I wonder if it is fragrant being ambo descendant. Nice texture.
Scale be damned and mites too (they keep appearing on my paphs every while no matter what I do).

Ivynettle said...

I'm currently fighting the thripsocalypse here - so much fun. Not.
At least I have few enough plants to spray them all to make sure I'm not missing any bugs.