What’s blooming in Ocean View, August 1, 2016

A curtain of orchids graces our deck.  This species is one of the parents of Dendrobium Mousmee, a favorite on the farm.  This plant has been known as  Dendrobium bronckartii De Wild.

A curtain of orchids graces our deck. This species is one of the parents of Dendrobium Mousmee, a favorite on the farm. This plant has been known as Dendrobium bronckartii De Wild.

These pendent type Dendrobiums would be happy up in tree but alas, it will have to suffer in the pot for now.

These pendent type Dendrobiums would be happy up in tree but alas, it will have to suffer in the pot for now.

C. jenmanii semi-alba

C. jenmanii semi-alba

Sobralia gentryii sets flowers several times a season from the same stems.  All flower at once and are lightly fragrant.  This is a bush in the ground.  Not all orchids are epiphytes.

Sobralia gentryii sets flowers several times a season from the same stems. All flower at once and are lightly fragrant. This is a bush in the ground. Not all orchids are epiphytes.

Jackie is asking permission to come on my lap.  She has earned the official title of landscape plant destroyer.  She must get great joy of pulling out heavy pots of orchids and bromeliads and chewing on them.  Any suggestions welcome.

Jackie is asking permission to come on my lap. She has earned the official title of landscape plant destroyer. She must get great joy of pulling out heavy pots of orchids and bromeliads and chewing on them. Any suggestions welcome.

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5 thoughts on “What’s blooming in Ocean View, August 1, 2016

  1. Couple of years old but I’d suggest a spray of the hottest pepper sauce you can find, mix 1/2 water and sauce and spray the plants (try to avoid the roots). Piece of cloth and drape over roots and spray. You can try mixing hot sauce into a bottle of specially made chew stop. I would start with 1/2 and 1/2 and increase to full strength. Hot pepper usually does the trick but some animals develop an affinity for it like people. Had a horse do this, carried on like crazy and then went back to licking it— couldn’t believe because it was full strength and a lot of it. I have never tried on orchids with roots like cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, etc but have on cymbidiums and many other plants that the dog was digging out and chewing on. I was afraid some of them might poison her and was desperate. I would try on just one plant and roots and see what your puppy does. Like I say, this is an old post and problem most likely solved but mostly written for other folks.

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