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March 27, 2018

A few weeks ago I posted some photos of one of our indoor orchid plants.

It started to produce buds after a year.

It was a pleasant surprise because the previous spikes never dried out, so I couldn't prune them.

I also don't remember giving the orchid any food.

Both orchid...

February 14, 2018

We only have a couple of plants indoors, a couple of phalaenopsis orchids and an aloe vera.

It took me many years to realize how easy it is to care for orchid plants.

They don't seem to like much fuss.

So I just give them very little water, once a week.

They are growing i...

January 17, 2016

While tidying up after the holidays I felt that this random group of dried vegetation on a table actually makes an interesting still life: orchid leaves, juniper needles and berries and a straw flower.

December 27, 2015

Anna's Hummingbird in the rain


August 13, 2015


We've read about it, but now see how insects and other animals view colors in this article from the New York Times. So all of our lavender and blue salvia actually looks fluorescent green and those yellow zinnias are hot magenta to them ?!



March 2, 2015

A few months ago I posted a photo of this little orchid plant (the height of the pot is 4 inches !) with a new spike forming tiny buds.

Now look at it - the first beautiful blossom, in all its glory, with more to come. Orchids need so little fuss, but will reward you wi...

January 26, 2015

I don't have many indoor plants, but because I seem to have a green thumb keeping orchids alive and healthy, I have a few orchid plants.  For example the orchid above is a very small plant, that fits in a little ceramic pot the size of a small drinking glass about 4 in...

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