Orchids and Food Trucks

By: GardenGrrl , 12:48 AM GMT on April 21, 2013

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Gourmet food trucks are all the rage these days. They are fun, novel and have really good food. Today we went to a food truck festival in Frisco. It was a foodie carnival with high and low cholesterol rides. If they have one nearby and you don't mind standing in lines definitely go.

Now for some pictures of my orchids.

The first is called Phalaenopsis or "moth orchid"





This is a Lady Slipper. It also has a huge latin name for the genus but this is a hybrid of a hybrid so not even going to try to trace it.



Here are my moth orchid and pansie orchid (miltonia)
hanging out together.


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21. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:30 PM GMT on April 27, 2013
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20. sandiquiz
11:12 AM GMT on April 27, 2013
Morning to you ....
Please enlighten me - spelunking day??

It has gone grey, damp and dismal here after such a glorious week... how do the weather Gods know when it is the "weekend"! lol

Have a happy Saturday, whatever you are doing!

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19. Proserpina
8:49 AM GMT on April 27, 2013
The photos of the orchids are beautiful. You have a nice collection of these tropical plants.

I am not familiar with the food trucks, is this something popular in Texas? I know that if one goes to the touristy spots such as DC, one can find small food concessions but that's about it. They sound intriguing.
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18. calpoppy
5:13 PM GMT on April 26, 2013
Hi GG! That was my prerequisite to buying more orchids was getting them to rebloom. Once I was successful I have added two more. After this bloom cycle I will be repotting. So the search is on for the best orchid pots!

I think the only problem you might have in getting them to rebloom is the drop in temp they need, because of where you have them. But I am sure you will figure that one out :))
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17. Ylee
9:14 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
GG, I don't have to worry about sewing milkweed seeds; we have that stuff here in abundance on the family farm! :' )

Happy spelunking!
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16. WatchinTheSky
3:51 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
Good morning GG! "A blue grey tattered violet besidethenecterius neartheroadium." I think you've got it :)
Thanks for the link, I will try it out!
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15. GardenGrrl
2:53 PM GMT on April 25, 2013
Good Morning, it's spelunking day. Perhaps in the near future there will be pictures.

Ylee, sounds like we are getting on the right track ;)

Hi Sandi, looks like I'm going to be almost as busy as you this weekend. Think of it though, the photo and photo comments a day is getting near end. Should be some ribbons and champagne involved.

Hi Briar, thanks. The real trick will be getting them to re-bloom again. When I worked construction we called them the roach coaches too but they served up some good hot food.

Hi WTS, now we are on to something. A blue grey tattered violet besidethenecterius neartheroadium.

Here's a link to a web site that specializes in monarch butterfly preservation. The will send you seeds if you send them an envelope.


Link

Milkweed Seeds for Monarchs
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14. WatchinTheSky
3:25 AM GMT on April 25, 2013
It's a violet tattered besidethenecterium flutterus!!
I have been tried to grow some narrow leaf milkweed to entice some monarchs to visit, no luck on either count!!
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13. sandiquiz
7:55 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Morning all -

Linda - I think it is one of the Hummingbird Hawk Moths.

On the link I posted the Sphinx moth at the bottom is the one we have here, but there are over 100 different species, your black winged one is very tatty, so it has probably overwintered and will lay its eggs and die, like our tortoiseshell butterflies do.

GG - I hope the bat cave is behaving:)
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12. BriarCraft
7:00 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
Your orchids are awesome! And your photography ain't bad either. My fav is the first one, which is probably why you put it first, eh?

I've heard about those gourmet food trucks, but never seen one, except maybe at a street fair now and then. Back when I lived and worked in San Diego, we used to refer to the one that provided our lunch as the Roach Coach. It wasn't all that bad. In fact they served up grease in a delightful variety of ways.
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11. Ylee
5:57 AM GMT on April 23, 2013
It's a blue-gray leafsipper.... ;' )
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10. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on April 22, 2013
Good Morning, Hmmmm, the butterfly, well judging by the tattered wings I'd say it looks like the catbird had dragged it in.

Hi Shore, I think it may be a black swallow but hard to tell. Loved your painted church pics. Feel free to post as many as you want here. They are way cool.

Hi Beell, thanks. Guess my fancy new camera is working. You did make me start laughing and snorting at your last line :-D Glad I wasn't drinking anything.
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9. beell
8:06 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
Very nice and precise photographic control of your orchids, GG. They (the photos) would be equally pleasing in a taxonomy text or hanging on the wall.

It's obvious that is a Gray Catbird, shore...
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8. shoreacres
7:48 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
Oy, vey! The food trucks that are out and about these days aren't necessarily those "roach coaches" we used to know! Houston is turning into a center for terrific mobile food - take a look at this article! There's a food truck down in this area that serves some of the best Thai food in the world - I stop by now and then when I want something different for lunch.

The cool thing is that you can track many of them on Twitter or Facebook, so you know where they are at any given time. Granted, I know where my kitchen is ALL the time, but it's still fun, and you can get some inexpensive, great food.

The photos are fabulous, GG. Love orchids, but I guess not enough to try and grow them. I'll just admire yours.

I've spent way more time than I should have trying to identify a butterfly I saw yesterday in Fayette County. It would hover like a hummingbird moth, but it seems to be a butterfly. It wasn't at all shy - I got to watch it probing the flowers with its proboscis, uncurling and curling it. Amazing.
But, I haven't a clue what it is. I've searched about a dozen sites without luck. Have you ever seen one? It never landed, but hovered even while it was eating.

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7. calpoppy
6:19 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
Ylee, we always called them roach coaches too, LOL!

Hi GG! Glad your orchids are doing well, they are so beautiful! I will need to re-pot mine soon. This is their second bloom and their leaves are getting really big. So as soon as they quit blooming they will get new pots. Now I have to find the perfect pots, LOL! My violets need re-potting too, though they will go back into the same pots just need to refresh the soil. Violets and orchids really like the same conditions, wish I had more room!!!
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6. Ylee
5:46 PM GMT on April 21, 2013
Well, when I lived in Fla., there was a reason we called them "Roach Coaches", lol! I'm sure it's a lot harder for a health inspector to track down a food truck out on the road.

Hope you're having a good day at work!
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5. GardenGrrl
10:04 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
Good Morning, it is cool and clear outside. Should be a gorgeous day.

Hi WTS, yes the whole "how-do-we-regulate/tax" these things has been a problem here as well. That is why they held a "festival". Different rules. Not sure why it is so difficult to figure out food truck guidelines.

Hi Jus, I think the orchids are doing all the work. At the moment they seem the happiest plants on my grow deck.

Hi Wabit, this is a new hobby. Had been doing well with carnivorous plants,(pitchers) so thought orchids would do well with them and picked these up at an orchid show in bud or partial bloom.
The lady slipper is in a dry bark mix. As both buds bloomed I guess it likes being dry. The other two are in moss. The miltonias like being wet. I think the moth flowers would be okay in a dryer mix. Humidity is the biggest challenge.

Hi Sandi, thanks. Yes a food festival is wonderful thing. It was very crowded so I suspect there will be more. People like to eat. Two weeks ago was the chocolate festival. Guess there is a reason Dallas is on one of those fat city lists. lol.
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4. sandiquiz
8:14 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
Wonderful photos - very impressive blooms and photos, especially the quality of the one in the collage :)

We have trucks selling foods at public gatherings, and in the markets, but a whole "festival" for food... that would be fun!
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3. whitewabit (Mod)
6:35 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
GG .. what medium do you grow your orchids in .. I have gone away from using moss and am now using bark and seem to have better looking plants .. I now have 5 of my 6 orchids in bloom and they have been for about 8 weeks now ..
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2. juslivn
5:10 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
Hi GG! Those are very pretty photos of the orchids! You have outdone yourself on those...:) Just beautiful!
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1. WatchinTheSky
3:53 AM GMT on April 21, 2013
Hi GG! The city here is trying to organize its regulations on food trucks. They are generally trending way up around here.
Nice photos of the orchids!
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