Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidiums and Citruses

My collection of cymbidium orchids are blooming right now.  I posted the budding cymbidiums previously, but one of them was not the cascading Sarah Jane.  I made a mistake, it ‘s a brownish small cascading cymbidium, but I am so proud to say that the plant  has 10 spikes, and one of the stems is 95 cm long with 28 flowers.

Sarah Jane, a cascading cymbidium
Sarah Jane, a cascading cymbidium
The longest spike is 95 cm length with 28 flowers.
The longest stem is 95 cm long with 28 flowers.

It is not Sarah Jane cascading orchid

but a mini brownish cascading cymbidium (right picture)

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Beautiful mini cascading cymbidium

Other Flowering Cymbidium Orchids

Creamy with soft pink touch this orchid is starting to open.  Five spikes in the plant
Creamy with soft pink touch this orchid is starting to open. Five spikes in the plant
Lime cymbidium orchids
Lime colour  cymbidium orchids
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Dusky pink with creamy touch, beautiful large orchids

A few orchids are still in buds, and I think within four weeks they will open up to beautiful flowers.  The two orchids are of pink colour but I am not sure about the others. Some of the flowers will be in vases instead taking the whole plants in the house, arrangement of fresh cut orchids can last for a long time.
It has been a good year for the orchids apparently, I learnt from friends who have orchids plants.

I will keep you up to date when the rest of the orchids are in full blooms.

The Citrus In My Garden.

Lime and lemon fruits are just about finished, they did well this year, some flowers started to appear again.  The mandarin fruits start turning yellow, it is almost harvest time.  The pomelo fruits are getting larger each day, there are nine of them on the tree.  I found two large pomelo fruits on the ground because of the strong wind last week.  The tree is not mature yet, but in a few years time it is going to be, and I hope it  is producing  better fruits.  I cut and peeled one of them, the flesh of the fruit is not as bitter as last year’s.

Pomelo for 2013

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100_8964 100_8972It peels well and the meat/flesh  looks creamy and fresh.  It is such refreshing fruit, excellent to add into fruit salads or have it for mixed salad with sweet and sour dressing.

I am glad to have the pomelo tree, it is very easy to care for, only it needs regular feeding as for other citrus trees.

Recipes for pomelo is next time, stay tuned.

 

Updated today,  Feb 2014

Added a recipe using Pomelo

Recipe for Pomelo
Javanese Fruit Salad
1 Pomelo, peeled and get the flash out
1 young cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 Mango, peeled and slice into small pieces
The dressing or the dipping sauce:
1 cup grated palm sugar
1 tablespoon tamarind juice
1 tablespoon water
a pinch of salt
Mix the ingredients together, to make a smooth runny paste
Transfer into a small serving bowl.
To serve
Place the fruits on a serving plate, place the dipping bowl in the middle

Give the recipe a go, try to get the Pomelo in the market while it is in season.  Enjoy!

 

Until Next post

Susi

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