Thursday, January 03, 2019

Orchids on a rainy day.


So...I risked life and limb to get a few orchid photos for you. Okay, well seriously, I got really wet. It is pouring and the back yard and greenhouse are flooding. Again. 

I am particularly proud of this collection of blooming orchids. Some I’ve had for a very long time, some are two years old, but all of them are reblooming. Which is how I rate successful orchid growing. Keeping the plants alive is relatively easy, but getting them to rebloom can be tricky. Just in the last year my reputation as the kiss of death for phalaenopsis orchids, after forty years of growing, seems to have switched around and I have had two rebloom and none are dying. I consider that a big win!!!

Starting at the top....miltonia ‘Sunset’ orchid, old cymbidium orchid, pink cymbidium orchid, phalaenopsis orchid, budding oncicium orchid, jasmine cutting I’m growing up greenhouse supports and a couple of flooding photos. 











I am worried about the lime tree. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Holly and Cedar for Christmas



Almost 40 years ago I planted two holly trees. An English plain green and a variegated Holly. The variegated holly got berries for the first time this year. I was so excited. I had really given up. So the arrangements that I make every year, contain variegated holly WITH berries this year instead of just plain.





I always make tiny bouquets using the little pieces you trim off the bottom of the holly. 

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

I love cleaning.

I have spent a lifetime learning to clean. I only use cleaning products that won’t harm me, my pets or our precious environment. That took a lot of experimentation. And it also takes elbow grease and scrubbing. So the right brushes, cloths and tools are very important. I am a huge fan of Redecker brushes from Germany. Because I’ll be cleaning a lot, I want to figure out which brushes actually work for what. So I am buying some interesting and beautiful brushes and tools. Here are a few that I am putting to the test right now.



{It was my plan to clean for carefully selected people that I really wanted to work for...but between sciatica and a badly broken shoulder, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon, if at all. In the meantime, I will slowly start to clean my house after not being able to for ten weeks. I can only do light cleaning and nothing over shoulder height....but my goodness it feels good to be able to start.}