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G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:53 pm
by mark_nieuwenhuys
Nice to finally be aboard : )

Loved orchids since 6 years old (dad was into cymbidiums :snooty: ) and developed a taste for Phalaenopsis at around age 14. Finally admitted to myself i was an orchid nut at age 30 then bought my own hothouse at age 32 :dance:. Am now 34, hopelessly addicted and know i will be hooked until the day i die.

GH when i was starting out:

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GH nowdays:

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I want to build something like this someday:

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thanks for reading, am hoping to buy lots of flasks from peter in future..... peter, i hope you might do discounts for bulk orders of 10 - 20 flasks ? :pray:

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:07 am
by Scott Ware
Welcome, Mark - what a great setup you have! Of course, well... you already know this... but it needs to be bigger :)

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:39 pm
by rangiku
G'day, mate! You've come to the right place for Phal addicts. Was going to say your greenhouse needs more orchids based on your first photo, but heaved a sigh of relief after scrolling down.

And, yes, Scott is correct - if you're going to be growing out10-20 flasks from Peter, you're going to need a bigger greenhouse!

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:59 pm
by theshatterings
Nice greenhouse! It's my dream to build one in the near future, but for now I can only live vicariously through all the amazing pics people have posted here.

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:09 pm
by mark_nieuwenhuys
Nearly all the FS phallies you can see are supermarket rescues i've bought from $2 - $5 :) - my thinking behind this was i thought i'd better get a bit of experience under my belt before attempting to keep more expensive and "finickity" specimens. Am hoping to eventually be able to take plants in flower into work (i am a nurse) to brighten up wards for the patients and my colleagues.

thanks for reading guys - hoping peter will come into the thread and comment. seems a pretty busy man though ! : )

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:48 pm
by peterlin
Mark, you have a very nice setup. I like it very much. If I'm to build another greenhouse - maybe more like a sunroom, I would love to have a koi pond like yours...and have plants surrounding it.

this is just awesome.

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Re flasks. Please email me to discuss specific - import requirement etc. I've only shipped to Australia once and its been years.

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:46 pm
by mark_nieuwenhuys
i'm glad, by your comment you make me feel as though i'm going in the right direction peter :)

will send you a message on facebook in regards to flasks

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:17 pm
by Mervin
Planning to buy flasks all the way from the US ???!!!!!

You are hopeless hooked my friend !

Hahaha !

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:29 pm
by mark_nieuwenhuys
Merv, if i liked something enough i'd import even if it was on the moon ; )

...... getting closer to SGF !!! :dance:

ps: peter i think that garden is built in a converted indoor swimming pool ?

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:33 am
by suri85
mark_nieuwenhuys wrote:
...... getting closer to SGF !!! :dance:
Tell me about it! My SGF to buy list is about 4pages long right now haha

which city are you in? I used to study in Perth

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:26 pm
by mark_nieuwenhuys
i'm just above sydney on the central coast

what are you going to buy at SGF ? am having a bit of a rethink about my list, realistically i can't look after many more plants unless i had another greenhouse : /

Re: G'day everyone, another aussie

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:51 pm
by suri85
mark_nieuwenhuys wrote:
what are you going to buy at SGF ? am having a bit of a rethink about my list, realistically i can't look after many more plants unless i had another greenhouse : /
I have taken out a few things from my list because a few sellers here in Jakarta have imported some things in my list.

For Phals I'm mainly looking to get non Indonesian species, but also looking for violacea indigo and unusual variant/forms of Indonesian species like amboinensis flavum, or dark red form of venosa from Joseph Wu

For dendrobium my top of the list is Den victoria-regina and for Vandaceous probably Phillipines species like V. lamellata, ustii, luzonica, roeblingiana and such

Thanks for helping me further downsizing the list! Haha