Archive for March, 2014

April Orchid Shows

Monday, March 31st, 2014

April offers orchid shows in every hemisphere. From the UK to the USA, from Brazil to Malaysia, and from Australia to Ireland, orchid lovers invite all to share their floral obsessions. April 2 – 5 Tweed District Orchid Society Show, Jessie McMillan Hall, Wollumbin St., Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia April 2 – 5 Alstonville Orchid Society […]

Ice Cubes and Orchids

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Oregon Orchid Society has a helpful webpage about the problems of watering orchids with ice cubes. They offer the same advice as me: don’t use ice with orchids! Their article debunks arguments made by the pro-ice set. Proper orchid culture doesn’t involve freezing. It includes thorough drenchings with room-temperature water and great drainage. Orchids […]


Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Welcome spring with orchids! These beauties from the recent Pacific Orchid Expo are loud celebrations of the season. While some of the country has endured a brutal winter, California has emerged from one of its warmest, driest winters in recorded history. We are certainly hoping for rainier months ahead. For now, though, it’s best to […]

Orchid Eviction

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

AboutOrchids has moved to a new home! We had rented a sunny garden apartment in the middle of San Francisco since the mid-1990’s, but our building was sold last year. With San Francisco’s eviction epidemic making national news, we weren’t surprised when the new owners kicked us out. It’s been very stressful, but fortunately, Dave […]

More from Pacific Orchid Expo 2014

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

I’m still sorting through photos from the recent Pacific Orchid Expo, and I wanted to share some more great pictures. It’s easy to see that these aren’t your everyday orchids. With the magic of Dave’s photography, the incredible diversity of the orchid family shines through. Among the vast world of orchids, Dave and I find […]

March Orchid Shows

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Orchid shows welcome spring this month. Santa Barbara, San Diego, Philadelphia, Montreal, Miami, Vancouver, and Taiwan offer large events. Big or small, orchid shows are great ways to greet the season. March 1 Mt. Baker Orchid Society Show & Sale, Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Peter Johnson Rd., Mount Vernon, Washington March 1 – 2 Golden […]