Archive for November, 2012

December Orchid Shows

Friday, November 30th, 2012

December is always the slowest month for orchid shows, but their universal appeal guarantees that the calendar is never empty. Many orchid societies sponsor holiday events, so check with local organizations to find sales, auctions, and workshops near you. December 4 – 9 Orchid Society Show at Taiping Lake Garden Carnival, Taiping Lake Garden, Taiping, […]

Five Common Orchid Growing Mistakes

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Considering the incredible diversity of the orchid family, it’s surprising how the same few mistakes crop up over and over. Try to avoid these five common problems: Too much water — Orchid roots and potting material should dry out between regular waterings. Kept too wet, they’ll rot. Most orchids sold today are Phals, or Moth […]

2013 AOS Calendar

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The American Orchid Society (AOS) proudly offers their beautiful 2013 wall calendar. For just $14.95 ($13.50 for AOS members,) it’s easy to enjoy gorgeous orchids in constant bloom — no water, fertilizer, or repotting necessary. The 2013 AOS calendar has 14 months of orchids in the wild, and $2 from each calendar purchase funds conservation […]

Nature’s World

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

The Timaru Herald in New Zealand has the latest rave review for Singapore’s new Gardens by the Bay complex. It’s no surprise that orchids abound in the recently opened park, which covers 250 acres (101 hectares) of the tiny island nation. Sitting close to the equator with a tropical rainforest climate, Singapore has long been […]

Gulf Fritillary

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Lots of butterflies enjoy visiting our garden, but they’re usually flitting around too quickly to capture them in photos. A couple days ago this Gulf Fritillary took a while to warm up in the autumn chill, so Dave had a chance to take these great shots. The butterfly even found a sunny perch on a […]

Center for Biological Diversity

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Center for Biological Diversity fights for endangered species through petitions, science, media outreach, and legal actions. Based in Tucson, Arizona, the Center is a non-profit group with over 450,ooo members and online activists. Begun in 1989 with a focus on plants and animals of the American Southwest, it has now expanded to tackle global […]

All About Vanilla

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 takes a close look at the tastiest orchid, vanilla. Just a few drops or seeds add magic to baked goods, candy, and chocolate. Did you know that the vanilla pod itself has more flavor than its seeds? Pods can be used repeatedly to infuse sugar or any liquid. To enjoy vanilla’s flavor without the […]