May 31, 2013

posted Jun 14, 2013, 6:46 PM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Jun 14, 2013, 8:17 PM ]

We have been working on getting a particular greenhouse in Taiwan certified to ship plants potted in moss into Canada for over 18 months now.  It is a long process that must satisfy a lot of agencies before it will be allowed.  We are getting close, and hope to be able to order the plants in pots on the next shipment.  

As a result I didn't want to miss out on some of the latest breeding that was available, so we ordered around 550 plants to be sent bare root to us.  The plants arrived today, and are in great shape.  It is not very often that we get the excitement our customers do of getting that package delivered by courier, and the anticipation of what is inside the boxes!  LOL  These are a few of the pictures of the plants as they arrived.

These are the largest plants wrapped in paper.

Some of the small plants were packed in Zip-lock bags.

These are 300 of the plants that I potted up on Saturday.  They are on the East end of the greenhouse that is a constant 22C.  After a couple of days, you could see them perking up, and growth returning!


March 03,2013

posted May 11, 2013, 6:37 PM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Jun 14, 2013, 8:17 PM ]

We were fortunate to be awarded the AOS Show Trophy for our display at the Victoria Orchid Society Show this year.  
Our display consisted of two pieces of plywood painted black, with black bamboo stapled to it.  On the floor on each side was a large pot, one a dendrobium, and one a pot of yellow Phals.  We used fresh bamboo stalks to accent the sides and top of the display, but unfortunately they quickly wilted in the warm dry environment.  We had 3 or 4 plants nominated, but no awards to the individual plants.  It was an easy display for me to assemble by myself as Cathy had a sore shoulder at the time.
One of the "Rules" that we use when setting up a display, is to have all of the larger light coloured flowers at the top of the display, then graduating to the yellows and then on to the darker colours.  This lets the 'eyes' have an natural flow to the display, rather than randomly placing the plants which then does not have a flow to the display.

   Best Phal. in the show P. Maki Watanabe 'Carmela'  AM/AOS

   One of our hybrids (P. Taisuco Firebird X P. Kung's Princess)

   P. Joy Spring Canary 'Rainbow World'

   P. Liu's Berry 'M'

         Our Sales Area

February 17, 2013

posted Feb 17, 2013, 4:43 PM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Feb 17, 2013, 7:33 PM ]

Lots of things going on the past couple of weeks!  

The weather has been outstanding, and we have been able to get out in the boat to do some winter fishing for Chinook salmon.  We typically fish for these by trolling right on the bottom in about 75 to 130 feet of water.  This time of year the salmon feed on needlefish, but in a month they will switch up to feeding on large herring when they come into the shallows to lay their eggs on eel grass.  

These are 9lb chinook caught February 11.

These are 2-8lb, and a 10lb caught February 17.

These are some flowers from the stems that we processed 
into stem props last week end.

Nobile Dendrobium Fortune 'H'.  This plant is over 48"
tall, and is a mutation of Fortune that we picked up in
Hawaii many years ago.  Great pastel flowers!

P. Cat's Paw Firebird X P. Kung's Princess 'Lena'

February 02,2013

posted Feb 2, 2013, 5:41 PM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 6:16 PM ]

    P. Zuma's Pixie 'Midnight Magenta'  

    P. Jiaho Cherry 'Whitecap'  HCC/AOS

January 19, 2013

posted Jan 19, 2013, 6:19 PM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Jan 20, 2013, 10:46 AM ]

        North and West walls in the greenhouse today

    Phal. amboinensis 'Chin Yo' or Norman's Spring Creek.......

    Phal. equestris 'Orange'   (Thanks Peter!)

    Phal. Massachusetts Dawn 'Cotton Candy' JC/AOS

    P. Lea Marie Salazar 'Tying Shin' on left, 'Red Dream' on right.
    Same clone?.........

    P. Yungho Gelb Canary 'Joseph Wu' on left, 'Honey' on right

    P. Malibu Class 'Finally'  HCC/AOS

    P. Tying Shin Baby Smile X P. Tying Shin Golden Rose

    P. Malibu Madona 'Tokyo'  AM/AOS

    'Ginger' the greenhouse 'Ninja Guard'  Sept 97 - Jan 19, 2013

January 06, 2013

posted Jan 6, 2013, 4:16 PM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Dec 14, 2013, 2:08 PM ]

Well we survived 'New Year' again!  It has been kind of gloomy the past couple of weeks, but I can definitely see the days getting longer already!  In the next couple of weeks I should see some seedling crosses blooming for the first time.  This is the part that excites me most about the orchid hobby!

These are a few shots of the plants in bloom today.

    Phal. Joy Spring Venus X schilleriana

    Phal. Nobby's Christmas Pink X Zumita's Blush

    Phal. Giant Terry

    Phal. Sogo Golden 'Carol' HCC/AOS

    Phal. Su-An Cricket 'Joy'

    Phal Brother Pepride 'Sedona's Orange Glow'  AM/AOS

    Phal. Hatuyuki 'Nagoriyuki'

    Blc. Morning Glory

    Phal. Chiada Stacey

  Phrag. Cardinale 'Westonbirt'

December 27, 2012

posted Dec 27, 2012, 2:17 PM by Patrick van Adrichem

The sun came out for a little while this afternoon, and because we haven't see it in a while, I took a few pictures in the greenhouse.  The giganteas are blooming exactly the same time as last year. (How do they know that????)

December 25, 2012

posted Dec 25, 2012, 9:38 AM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Dec 14, 2013, 2:06 PM ]

The Very Best holiday wishes from all of us at Kingfisher Orchids to you.  
These are some of the plants in bloom for us at Christmas.

    Phal. gigantea var. flava

    Phal. Bluequill Daisy 'Sweet Grass'

    Phal. amboinensis 'Chin Yo'?

    Phal. Liu's Cute Angel

    Phal. Rarashati Princess  '#9'

    Phal. Sweet Revenge  'Melon Delight'

    Phal. Leyte Gulf  'Valentine'

  Phal. (Lyndon Ever Pawan X Chang Maw Evergreen)

  Phal. (Lyndon Ever Pawan X Chang Maw Evergreen)

December 08, 2012

posted Dec 8, 2012, 7:08 PM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 8:07 PM ]

            Phal. Cat's Paw Firebird 'Montclair'  HCC/AOS

            Phal. Rarashati Princess #8

                Phal. Tying Shin Smart

                Phal. tetraspis

                    Phal. Kung's Penang Girl


December 01,2012

posted Dec 1, 2012, 7:19 AM by Patrick van Adrichem   [ updated Jan 20, 2013, 12:20 PM by Patrick van Adrichem ]

Some of the plants in bloom today.
          Phal. Gelblieber 'Arienne' HCC/AOS
                Phal. Kung's Penang Girl
                Phal. Liu's Berry 'M'
            Phal. amboinensis 'Common'
                Phal. Liu's Triprince 'KF#9'
            Phal. Perfection Is 'Bedford'
            Phal. Penang Girl 'Chin Yo'

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