Gongora odoratissima

Gongora odaratissima with flower spike
Gongora odaratissima leaves
Gongora odaratissima first blooms
Gongora odaratissima first blooms
Gongora odaratissima first blooms
Gongora odaratissima first blooms
Gongora odaratissima first blooms

I picked this up at the Houston Orchid Show in 2019, it’s mid May 2020 and it has its first blooms. the blooms have a strong, sweet smell, which should be obvious given its name. I’ve found it needs far more water and sun than the usual house orchids. This window gives it strong morning sun for several hours in all but the winter months.

Gongoras were first mentioned in the mid 1800s after being discovered by Spanish explorers in their native Ecuador, Columbia and Venezuela.

Gongoras are true epiphytes, I find growing epiphytes in semi-hydro works extremely well. ( a clear shallow bowl, pebbles and about 1″-2″ of water keep in the bottom of the container ). As you can see from the tips of the leaves, it found the winter too dry in here, even in Houston. It’ll probably need a greenhouse in drier parts of the world. It also loves warmth, There is no winter hibernation for this orchid.

Gongoras like the rest of the Stanhopeinae subtribus grow large, this one has doubled in size in a year and I hope it’ll continue to do so for several years. Blooms come in the spring.

They are pollinated by solitary male bees, solitary bees are native to the Americas, the hive bees were imported by the Europeans.

Propagate by division

… more photos and info as it gets larger and I learn more about it

Hope Farms Annual Sale May 2,3 2020

Opening Day is finally set for this year! Plants everywhere you look, just waiting for a new home. Thousands of potted plants to pick from. Looking forward to your visit.

Hope Farms Gardens Opening Weekend:
Saturday & Sunday, May 2-3, 2020.
Cash or Checks only, please.

We will be open this year every Saturday & Sunday starting May 2 through May 23, 2020. Hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Groups shopping available on weekdays by appointment only. 936-264-1499

New this year: Due to the Coronavirus, we will be practicing Social Distancing and following current guidelines. We have several Acres, so we can all get some fresh air while maintaining safe distances. Your safety, and the safety of others here at the Farm, is very important to us.

HOPE FARMS GARDENS – 936-264-1499
18750 F.M. 1484 – Conroe, Texas 77303

Hope Farms

The Woodlands Arbor Day 2020

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

Join The Woodlands Township, and community partner, the George Strake District of Boy Scouts of America, in celebrating the 44th annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Northshore Park. A variety of native tree seedlings will be given away for FREE from 9 a.m. to noon.

Since 1977 more than 1.5 million seedlings have been given to attendees to plant in their yard, in community open space reserves and in forest preserves. Participate in one of The Woodlands longest standing traditions and help plant trees today for our community to enjoy for years to come.

12 native tree seedlings will be available*
-American Sycamore -Roughleaf Dogwood
-Eastern Redbud -Southern Magnolia
-Green Ash -Spicebush
-Loblolly Pine -Sugar Hackberry
-Overcup Oak -Tulip Poplar
-Possumhaw Holly -Witch Hazel

more info

Eriobotrya japonica aka ‘Gold Nugget’ Loquat

I fell in love with this random find. Turned out they were loquats and easy to find locally

So I grabbed 3 at Houston Garden Center. I put one in a full afternoon sun, some what damp place ( my neighbor over waters), 2 in full afternoon sun in a bit drier location. The first doesn’t look so good the others are putting out new leaves. I’ll let the first one sit a couple of weeks just in case.

The tag says:
Full sun
15′-20 spread
15′-20′ tall
drought tolerant
hardy to 10’F, but will drop flowers/fruit at 32’F
fertilize in Feb with time release fertilizer

A bit of digging says they are quite prolificate, producing dozens of yellow/orange fruit but usually only fruit every few years in Houston

More details and photos as I learn about them and they grow…