On a brighter note...heres
an Angraecum drouhardii with TWO flowers! The evening fragrance
is WONDERFUL! I couldnt ask more from an orchid! This one puts a
smile on my face!
It seems to us that anyone who really like orchids would like this one!
All I did was turn
away for a couple of days (observationally speaking). The Angraecum lecomtei
began to open and was looking good, and then POOF! One overly warm day
and it just browned. I missed getting a picture of it partly open. I missed
seeing it fully open. Bummer.
choosing to learn about is angraecoids. We grow many of them and we grow
many of them very well. There are great challenges involved. A large number
are facing extinction in nature due to loss of habitat. Were trying
to obtain as many species as possible; to grow and reproduce them in a
safe environment [ex-situ propagation] and then get the offspring in the
hands of other growers. If we can keep a healthy, diverse population in
the hands of orchid lovers, then the plants will not face total extinction
though they are extinct in nature. It is challenging to find the plants.
Many are only available through importation. Importation has its
own set of challenges [I could go on about that for pages]. Rare plants
often command higher prices and unfortunately, some growers dont
wish to see their prizes made less valuable by allowing them
to be reproduced. I dont like seeing this selfishness imposed other
living things. Were going to keep trying to make unusual agraecoids
available to as many interested growers as possible.
This is Angraecum lecomtei...I'll include another picture
when it opens.
several people suggest I include an about us section to the
website. I think its to make us seem more real...like we really
do exist and youre not sending your money to some internet black
hole. I think this will be the spot for you to learn more about us and
our insanity. We got our first orchid in 1983. It was Cattleya Jose Marti
Mothers Favorite. We potted it in soil. It lived despite us.
There are so many great first orchid stories out there! The
important thing is to keep learning! The more we learn about
orchids; the more we see there is to learn about them! I dont plan
on ever being bored again.
August 13...a Friday
No. There will
never be a snake in your package of orchids. And no, the children are
not for sale.
see what could happen here. Some tidbit from yesterdays observation
or remembrance will help me with another one. I dont know if these
will interest anyone, but I hope so. Our cats are mostly indoor/outdoor
cats. After a couple of months of training they get to go
pretty much anywhere they want. The training is to get them
to stay away from the road and so far (knock on wood) its worked.
One of them (Snowball, a.k.a. Killer) presented us with a
garter snake. The snake was playing dead. It was punctured, but alive,
so I put it in the greenhouse to recuperate. It hung out for a few days,
then escaped to the wilds again.
I mentioned being bored in 1992. Wed made a big move from Seattle
to Missoula Montana. Most of our possessions were in a non-accessible
storage unit. We had our collection of approx. 1,000 plants in a corner
of a large commercial greenhouse and were living in a strange little apartment.
I didnt have a job. I spent hours and hours playing fetch with our
cat. Its not a good thing when the cat barfs on the carpet and in
cleaning it you discover that the carpet is white with a pink and green
floral design...when, until then, youd thought that the carpet was
I am one of
the least habitual people on earth. While that may be a good thing where
"bad" habits are concerned, it's awful when it comes to good
habits like making regular additions to a website or flossing your teeth.
I'm going to try again, because there is no shortage of observations to
be made when you have a such a full life as I do. We have a nice-sized
greenhouse full of amazing plants, 1-1/4 acres that we've transformed
from overgrazed pasture to a yard and orchard, a major house re-model
(keep in mind that one of us is an architect), plus the other life forms;
two amazing kids (one of each variety/gender) and an animal family that
we keep adding to. The last time I was bored was in 1992.
I'm feeling a little impatient...I
can hardly wait until these open. Will they open? A nearby aerangis was
at this point...maybe we spent too much time watching it, waiting for
it, hoping to see it bloom for the first time...every bud blasted.
A watched aerangis never blooms?!!
To those who are curious, this is Aerangis jacksonii.
I've always been fascinated by the roots of orchids. Growing them
on plaques (rather than potted) allows the grower to see them more easily.
Taking a look at them on a regular basis can be an excellent way to gauge
your growing skills and the health of your orchid. Some of them are just
It's been eleven
years since we had a "really good" snow storm in Missoula. Yes,
it flooded the following spring and since we're close to the river that
meant our basement was sitting in water...but when I look out and I see
this fluffy white blanket, I want it to continue just like this for another
week (or two). I've missed having a "good" winter [thank you,
global warming]. When I get tired of the cold, all I have to do is enter
the greenhouse and Iím in the tropics. It's the best of both worlds.