Archive for February, 2022

An Orchid Masquerade

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

Dave and I were thrilled to attend the Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco yesterday. After a two year break, the show is as superb as past events, and there are plenty of vendors to satisfy orchid shopping needs. This year’s theme is “Orchid Masquerade.” Taking advantage of the pun, exhibitors have displayed orchids with […]

Excitement Grows Ahead of the Pacific Orchid Expo

Monday, February 21st, 2022

Excitement is growing ahead of the Pacific Orchid Expo, especially for me! I can’t wait to go to San Francisco’s first orchid show in two years, running from Friday, February 25th to Sunday, February 27th, with a special opening night on Thursday, February 24th. It will all happen at the County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth […]

Winter Is the New Summer

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Over a dozen years ago, I was at an orchid show here in California, talking with a Hawaiian grower. I remember him saying that his orchids hadn’t gone dormant properly that year because they had a “hot winter.” That paradoxical phrase stuck with me. It seemed like an omen of climate change. Now it’s 2022, […]

A Succulent Oasis at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

In Walnut Creek, California, Ruth Bancroft Garden is a succulent oasis. We recently enjoyed a visit, and were awed by the astounding array of cacti, succulents, and trees suited for arid climates. Many of the blooms are colorful architectural masterpieces. On top of that, the incredible geometry of the plants themselves is some of Mother […]

February Orchid Events

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

February brings lots of orchid events. Check for last-minute changes or cancellations before attending. Only shows with health precautions are listed below. I’m especially excited about the return of San Francisco’s fantastic Pacific Orchid Expo at the end of the month, with mask and vaccination requirements to help ensure everyone’s safety. February 4 – 6 […]