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I am a former ICU/administrative RN, married with 3 kids, a Boston Terrier and living in the western Chicago suburbs. Art and orchids are my hobbies/passions.

I’ve been growing and blooming tropical houseplants since 1972. I started growing phals early in 1999 and soon began collecting dends, catts and their alliance, intergeneric onc hybrids, miltonias, paphs, phrags, masdevallias, maxillarias, ascosendas and assorted oddball species, all of which are thriving. I was NOT lucky with spathoglottis or my first zygopetulum. (RIP)

I have 2 main growing areas for my orchids:
1.) A baker’s rack in the house facing south and west with a southern skylight above. There is also an east window across providing some morning light. This had been my MAIN orchid area since Spring of 1999 achieving temps of 90 to 65, humidity from 28 to 50s GREAT light.
2.) Since September 2002, we turned our brick screen porch (attached to the house) into an orchid growing room. It has a cement floor with south and west exposures and wall-to-wall windows. We added supplemental lighting. It’s equipped with a ceiling fan, oscillating fans, humidifier, space heaters, a seedling aquarium/orchidarium, and 5 chrome tiered shelves for my 300 something orchids. The humidity can get into the 70s on a good day. The temps fluccuate between 86 and 56 depending on the time of year.

I use a variety of mediums, including bark, sphagnum moss, CHC...with perlite and charcoal (and styro pieces at times) mixed in. I started including semi/hydro medium in 2002 and use it for many genera as I see fit. I have still not used it for my catts. Watering 'day' is now taking TWO days. Orchids are time consuming but SO worth the effort. Nothing else to say but I love this forum and it's members. I have learned so much from all of you. kiss-kiss.

I have more hybrids but love species...that’s it.

As per Mike's request, here's my updated list of plants as of September 2004:

Aerides falcata var houlletiana
Alcra Sunday Best ‘Muffin’ AM/AOS 1&2
Angraecum sesquipedale
Ascda John De Biase V Kassem's Delight x Yip Sum Wah
Ascocenda Lenachai (Honwichai x V. Lenavat)1&2
Ascocenda Su Fun Beauty AM/AOS
Ascocenda Suksumran Sunlight
Ascocenda Yeo Geck Bee Ooi Bocn Huat x Mem Choo Laikeun
Ascocentrum ampullaceum ‘Thai Pinky’ 1&2
Ascofinetia Emily
Asconopsis Irene Dobkin ‘York’ HCC/AOS
Aspasia epidendroides Brassia poss Rex sakata
Brassia Rex Sakata 1&2
B nodosa x B cordata = B Little Stars ~potted
BC Binosa ‘Wabash Valley’ AM/AOS Sm/11WOC 1
Bl. Yellow Bird. Brassolaelia Yellow Bird
Blc Acker’s Treasure ‘Gold Dust’
Blc Gold Bug (Bls. Bouton D’Or Lewis’ AM/AOS x auranitica)
Blc Theresa Winkelman 'Barbara'1 & 2
(Blc. Toshie Aokie x Slc. Wendy’s Valentine) ‘Red Beauty’
Blc William John Nawa 'Lisa'
Bllra Tahoma Glacier ‘Green’
Brassavola nodosa x Schomburgkia undulata
Brsdm. Fly Away ‘Miami’ HCC/AOS
Brsdm Longlen ‘Bill Switzer’ AM/AOS
Brsdm Longlen ‘Orchid Man’AM/AOS CCM/AOS
Brsdm. Shooting Star ‘Mustard’
Bulb. Lobbii ‘Kathy’s Gold’ AM/AOS
Burr Jungle Moss Rain Forest’
Burr. Nelly Isler ‘Swiss Beauty’
Burrageara Stephan Isler
C. Capri "Lea" x Blc. Richard Hibbard "Buzz"
C. Jenmanii
Chondrorhyncha aromatica - Cochleanthes marginata on SBOE
Chondrorhynca ambilis x Cochleanthes amazonica
Colmanara Wildcat ‘Bobcat’ HCC/AOS
Colmanara Wildcat Ocelot
Colmanara Wildcat Yellow Cat 1&2
Colmanara Wildcat ‘Pacific Sunset’
Colmanara Wildcat ‘Red Star’1&2
Ctna Jamaica Red ‘Is and Jewel’
Ctna. Why Not ‘Radiance’ x Ctna. Why Not ‘Comet’
Ctna. Why Not ‘Roundabout’ AM/AOS
Cycd Wine Delight ‘Jem’ FCC/AOS
Dctm Pulcherrimin (Dort Pulcherrima x Ascocentrum miniatum)
Dend (Hirota White x Thanaid Stripes)x Dend Kuranda Classic
Dend Big Surprise ‘Keiki’
Dend Burana W Samuisongkar
Dend Ding Dang Blue
Dend Emma White
Dend Kikuya
Dend Mao Gold
Dend Martin Bangemann
Dend Medy Stripe
Dend Mme Vipa
Dend Mee Sang Nin
Dend NOID 1, 2 and 3 antelope type
Dend NOID phal type
Dend Phueng Yai Mountie
Dend Pravit White
Dend (Ruby Dance x Ruby Beauty) x Naples.
Dend Salaya Gem Minist
Dend Stardust Hihimanu
Dend Thongchai Gold 1&2
Dend White Bota potted
Dend White Bota mounted
Dend Wonder Nishii (dend alexandrae x Dend atroviolaceum)
Dend Zengyo Pink
Dend. Banana Royal
Dend. Palolo Sunshine x Dend. Palolo Rainbow
Dgmra. Flying High ‘Stars ‘n Bars’
Dgmra. Skywalker 'Red Star' HCC/AOS
Dgmra Winter Wonderland
Dgmra. Degarmoara Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy'
Doritaenopsis Anna-Larati Soekardi
Doritaenopsis Chian-Huey Red Rose
Doritis pulcherrima coerulea
Dtps Blushing Heart x Dtps Joie
Dtps Chain Xen Diamond FCC/AOS
Dtps Crushed Berry "pink Lady" x dtps Lila Attraction
Dtps Earth Star 1, 2
Dtps Ho’s Happy Auckland
Dtps Hsin Red Line x Dpts Iverness
Dtps Little Gem Stripes ‘Chen’
Dtps Paulina
Dtps. Taida Salu
Dtps Taisuco Beauty
Dtps Taisuco Firebird x Happy Smile x Dtps Taisuco Candystripes x Dtps Taisuco Firebird x Sibcross
Dtps Taisuco Firebird x Sibcross
Dtps Taisuco Pixie ‘Ching Ruey’ AM/AOS
Encyclia cochleata
Encyclia cordigera x self
Encyclia cordigera ‘Elmhurst’ x Encyclia cordigera ‘Dark Var’ HCC/AOS
Encyclia cordigera var. roseum
Encyclia Green Glades (tampense X cordigerum)
Encyclia radiata
Encyclia Tampense x Encyclia atropurpureum~Encyclia Green Glades.
Epi. (Guatemalesnse x Phoenecium) x Cordigerum)
Epidendrum Ballerina
Epidendrum calanthum
Epidendrum NOID-reed stem - bright orange
Epidendrum NOID-reed stem - red
Grammatophyllum scriptum var. citrinum 'Green'
Hawkinsara Sogo Doll 'Little Angel' HCC/AOS
Hwra Lava Burst 1,2
Hwra Lava Burst ‘Puanani’ 1 mounted and 2 potted
Iwanagara Apple Blossom ‘Hihimanu’
Laelia purpurata var. Werkhauserii ‘Blue Sky’
Laeliocattleya Drumbeat ‘Heritage’ HCC/AOS
Laeliocattleya Royal Pavillion ‘Summer Splendor’
Lc Gold Digger ‘Orchid Jungle’ CCM/AOS
Lc Trick or Treat (L Icarus x Lc Chit Chat)
Masd June Winn (Redwing x decumana)
Masd Marguerite Irmgard AM/AOS
Masd Sunny Angel ‘Cheri’ x Elven Gem ‘Red’
Masdevalia civilis
Masdevallia Copper Angel veitchiana ‘RDG’ x triangularis
Masdevallia infracta x self
Maxillaria acutifolia
Maxilaria tenuifolia ~ Shady’s
Milt Auburn Sunrise x Milt Merriman ‘Purple Mask’
Milt Ernest Finney ‘Rosella’
Milt Hurricane Ridge ‘Sylvia’
Milt NOID from EFG
Milt. Rene Komoda ‘Pacific Clouds’
Milt Robert Strauss ‘Carriage Hill’
Milt Rouge ‘Burgundy Blush’ 1&2
Milt spectabilis moreliana
Milt. Alysen Ono ‘Pink Cloud’
Mtssa. Charles M. Fitch 'Izumi' AM/AOS
Miltassia Shelob ‘Webmaster’ HCC/AOS (
Miltonia Andy Easton
Miltonia cuneata (drbr) X cuneata (floriferous) 1 & 2
Mtdm Bartley Schwartz ‘Highland’ AM/AOS
Mtdm Pupukea Sunset ‘Super Nova’
Mtdm. Issaku Nagata ‘RL. Hammer’
Mtssa Royal Robe ‘Jerry’s Pick’ HCC/AOS 1
Mtssa. Darkstar Darth Vader
Neofinitia falcata
Neofinitia falcata x Rhychostylis coelestis
Neostylis Lou Sneary (Neof falcata x Rhy coelestis)
Odbrs Kenneth Biven ‘Santa Barbara’ HCC/AOS
Odonta. Debutante ‘P & P’
Odontocidium Hans Neuenhaus ‘Orchid Man’ AM/AOS
Odontoglossum Isler’s Abenglut
Onc Charlesworthy ~ Linda’s
Onc Easter Oka ‘Aida’
Onc Gold Dust (Twinkle x cheirophorum) yellow
Onc Illustre ‘Pacific Rainbow’
Onc Irene Gleason
Onc. lanceanum ‘Boynton’ AM/AOS 1&2
Oncidium longipes
Oncidium ornithorynchum 1, 2, 3
Onc. papilio x self (Psychopsis papilio)
Onc Paris
Onc Passionata Red
Onc Ralph Yagi x Onc Stunner
Onc. Saint Dawn Gold ‘Golden Empire’
Onc Sharry Baby ‘Sweet Fragrance’ AM/AOS
Onc Sweet Sugar ‘Angel’ (Onc Aloha Iwanaga x varicosum)
Onc Sweet Sugar ‘Angel’
Onc Sweet Sugar ‘Emperor’
Onc Twinkle ‘Fragrance Fantasy’ red
Onc Twinkle white
Onc. Aloha Iwanaga
Onc. Gower Ramsey
(Onc. Sniffen ‘Jennifer Dauro x Rdcm. Ray Millard-Just Cute) ‘Kosaki’
Paph (Eira x bellatulum)
Paph (Iantha Stage x Black Curt)
Paph (Makuli-Curtisii)-Maudiae x Paph Maudiae ‘Napa Valley’ HCC/AOS x sib
Paph (primulinum x barbigerum)
Paph (Schillianum x parishii "Hoodview")
Paph Dawn Glory (Red Glory 'Flaming Embers' x Memoria Robert Ward 'Rainbow' HCC/AOS)
Paph High Charles (charlesworthii X 'High Hat')
Paph Iantha Stage (sukhakulii x rothschildianum 'Tennys' AM/AOS)
Paph Maudiae (callosum x lawrenceanum)
Paph Onkuli (Makuli 'Seafoam' HCC/AOS x Onyx 'Maybrook'
Paph Prim-N-Proper (preastans x prinulinum)
Paph Red Zinger ‘Black Sword’ x (Voodoo Magic x P Alma Gavaert ‘Addison’ HCC AOS) x P Red Ginger ‘Black Sword’
Paph Silver Fleuret x ALMA Gavaert Hagers
Paph Somers Isles (Makuli 'Seafoam' HCC/AOS x Maudiae 'Silverado' AM/AOS)
Paph spicerianum St Alban’s x Paph spicerianum ‘Carol
Paph Supersuk x Phal Cyberspace
Paph Supersuk Eureka AM/AOS x Jolly Roger Aloft
Paph Treasure Island x Black Currant
Paph Twin Peaks
Paph Villeneuve (Maudiae 'Stephanie' x primulinum 'Sweet Heart')
Paph Vintner’s Treasure ‘York’ AM/AOS x P Onyx
Pescatorea coronaria
Phaius Tankerville
Phal (Alieen Stoops x Corning’s Violet) 1 & 2
Phal Double Delight
Phal (Morning Moon x Musashino) x Phal Joseph Hampton
Phal (Taipei Gold x Gold Rush) ‘Hegel’
Phal (Taipei Gold x Gold Rush) ‘Heike’Phal (Taipei Gold x Gold Rush) ‘Marx’
Phal Adam’s Welcome x Phal Brother Supersonic
Phal Alberto Perez x Dtps Wild Royalty
Phal Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’
Phal Bamboo Nancy x Phal Red Hot
Phal Brother Golden Wish
Phal Brother Lancer ‘TK’
Phal Brother Pirate King x P Krull’s Red Hot Golden Sun)
Phal Brother Sara Gold ‘907’( P. Sara Lee x P. Taipei Gold)
Phal Compot ~~Sogo Lisa x (Phal Sogo Champion x P Golden Sun) 15
Phal Candy Lace ‘Sugar Cane’ x Phal venosa
Phal Cassandra ‘Starfire’ x Phal violacea var. muritoniana ‘Leprechaun’ AM/AOS CBR/AOS
Phal Concetta Maria Infantino ‘Glory’
Phal corningianna
Phal Crystal Sand "Starlight"
Phal equestris 1 & 2
Phal Ever Spring King
Phal Fairy Snow
Phal Fancy Free ‘Scarlet Spring’1 & 2 AND Keiki
Phal Fountain’s Knight ‘Chen’
Phal fuscata
Phal Garnet Heart
Phal Gemstone’s Red King
Phal George Vasquez ‘Eureka’ FCC/AOS
Phal Golden Ambion x Sentra ‘Tainan) x P Brother Elizabeth ‘Yellow’
Phal Golden Angel ‘Halo’ x Phal Gypsy Belle ‘Wanderer’
Phal. Golden Peoker ‘ES’ x Dtps. Brother Spotter ‘B#1’.
Phal Golden Peoker ‘Nan Cho’ AM/AOS x Dtps. Brother White Windian ‘B#1’
Phal Golden Silk
Phal Harmony Rose
Phal. Hausermann’s Katie x Phal. Peaceful Desert x Phal violacea var. murtoniana ‘Leprechaun’
Phal Heavenly Gold ‘Ultimate’ x Phal Cherokee Chief ‘Native American’
Phal Ho’s Little Caroline ‘Chen’ (Be Glad x Carmela Pixie)
Phal Janice Lynne ‘Bruce’
Phal Lava Glow 1 & 2
Phal Lemon Candy ‘Patti’s Boy’
Phal Leuddemanniana
Phal Leuddemanniana ochracea
Phal mariae
(Phal. Mary Stripes x P. Carmela’s Pixie) x P. Lady Jennifer’s "Misty Lace"
Phal mariae ‘Sweetheart’ x Phal mariae
Phal Mary Ann Jirak x Phal Velvet Kiss ‘True Love’
Phal Mini Mark ‘Holm’
Phal Moonlight Spin x Phal Fancy Welcome
Phal multiflora NOID
Phal Orchid World ‘Joe’ BS
Phal Orchid World ‘Joe’ NBS
Phal Peggy Champion x Phal Twilight Sonata 1& 2
Phal red waxy NOID
Phal Ruey Lihn Stripes Cloud of Butterflies x Dtps Happy Beauty x Phal Piniong Girl ‘Wonderful’
Phal Sam’s keiki Kelly
Phal Schilly
Phal Sea Jewel (Phal Brother Sophia 'Pine Ridge' Terry Glancy 1997)
Phal Sensational Mood x Dtps Lillian Natalie Vicelka
Phal (Sogo Tris x Sogo Ray)
Phal Summer Beach
Dtps. Taida Salu
Phal Taipei Gold "Chen"
Phal Taipei Gold Star x Phal Taipei Gold ‘Taida’
Phal Taisuco Gem x Phal violacea var. murtoniana ‘Leprechaun’ AM/AOS CBR/AOS
Phal Taisuco Kuchidan NFS x p. Yuikimai NFS ~ Sogo Yukidan
Phal TG ‘Goldstar’ x Brother Peacock
Phal valentinii (cornu cervi x violacea)
Phal venosa
Phal Venosa x Phal Sensational Opening ‘Broadway’
Phal violacea ‘Tequila Sunset’ x Phal George Vasquez ‘Ruby Glow’ 1,2, 3, 4
Phal violacea ‘Villa Park’
Phal violacea in 3 inch, 5 inch and 6 inch pots
Phal White Moon x Phal Mushashino x self
Phal Yellow Butterfly
Phal Zuma Camreal
Phrag Conchiferum (caricinum ‘Buckley Bloomer’ x longifolium 'March')
Phrag Meditation (caricinum 'Buckley Bloomer' x caudatum var. warsce. Dark spell')
Pot Burana Beauty ‘Burana’ AM/AOS
Pot Dal’s Endeavor (Pot Free Spirit x C walkeriana)
Pot Free Spirit ‘Lea’ AM/AOS (Pot. Twenty four Carat ‘Lea’ x Sc Beaufort
Pot Free Spirit ‘Lea’ AM/AOS x Blc Goldenzelle ‘Sandra’ AM/HOS
Pot Melinda Rose Funke ‘Christy’
Pot. Hoku Gem
Rhynchostylis coelestis
Rhynchostylis gigantea 'Alba'
Rhynchostylis gigantea 'red' 4N
Rhy coelestis x V Noi Blue
Sarcochilus Rosie Glow (Sarco. Verolica x Fitzhart )
Slc. Jewel Box ‘Dark Waters’ AM/AOS
Slc Precious Stones ‘Matriarch’ x Slc Gold Nugget ‘Motherlode’
Sophrolaeliocattleya Vermillion Cherub ‘The Cardinal’ HCC/AOS
Stellis species
Vascostylus Cynthia Alonso 'Brier Hill' HCC/AOS
Vuylstekeara Linda Isler ‘Red’
Vuylstekeara Linda Isler
Wilsonara Geneva Red Linda’s
Wilsonara Geneva Red ‘HOF’ #2
Wilsonara Lisa Devos HOF #5
Wilsonara Susi ‘Scarlet Passion’ AM/AOS
Zygopetalum Redvale ‘Fire Kiss’

I live in: United States

My zone is: 5a/Illinois

My favorite forum 1 is Orchids.

My favorite forum 2 is Fragrant Plants.

First registered on February 27, 2002 .