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Oncidium alliance – Maintenance

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It is winter here in Melbourne and the strong wind is very chilly. Not really an ideal time to stay outside. So… I decided to inspect the Oncidium alliance orchids for their winter clean ups. I could easily bring the plants inside to do it as they are quite small (compared to the large and untidy Cymbidiums).

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More Cymbidium Orchids

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Few more Cymbidium orchid flower buds have started to open. The big yellow orchids that I have among few first ones that I bought long time ago, had been divided into many divisions and some had been given away. Five pots remain and all of them are having flower spikes this year.

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Penyet Pisang Plantain

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Iseng lihat-lihat resep mengolah pisang plantain. Tadinya sisa pisang kemarin mau di buat keripik, tapi tak jadi. Akhirnya satu pisang dicoba untuk membuat ‘tostones’.

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Keripik Pisang Plantain

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Tadi pagi lihat pisang plantain di toko di South Springvale. Pisang untuk olahan yang rasanya lebih mirip kentang ini bentuknya besar dan montok. Kali ini harganya murah hanya $2.50 per kilo, jadi beli 4 dan pilih yang tidak terlalu besar.

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Dividing and Repotting Calathea

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It was the time for the Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake) plant had to be taken out of the pot, to be divided and replanted. It had grown too big and over crowded.

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Orchids 2019

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The early and very cold chill blasts this year had made orchids bloom better, many with multiple spikes. Some of the Cymbidiums are still in buds and the Dendrobium nobile is flowering again for the second time with 5 canes start to show flower buds. To our surprise the Zygopetalum is also blooming for the second time this year. The previous was in January this year.

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Grevillea ‘Firework’

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The old fence at our son place will be replaced soon. The overgrown weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon), Rhododendron and Abelia have been severely pruned to make the job easier for the fencing people to do the job. Whoever planted these bushes (previous owner of the house) had made an unusual selection of plants by mixing a native bottlebrush with the non native species, but they all seem to be happy together. One of the plants that does not need trimming is the Daphne odora. After pruning the bottlebrush very hard, now there is an big gap between this native plant and the Daphne. I decided to buy another native, Grevillea ‘Firework’ to accompany the bottlebrush and to even up the spaces between those plants along the fence. We will regularly prune them to maintain compact and tidy shapes.

Grevillea ‘Firework’ is low and semi spreading hybrid that grows to around 1.2 m in width and height, but can be shaped regularly to keep it smaller and compact. The small clump of flowers are bright red and yellow, nectar eating birds will be attracted by these unusual blooms. It will bloom almost all year round from autumn to spring.

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