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More Photos from the Gold Coast Cymbidium Society Show

Sunday, May 28th, 2023

It wasn’t a big event, but there was plenty to enjoy at last month’s Gold Coast Cymbidium Society Show in Redwood City. The variety of Cymbidiums was impressive. Their blooms ranged from large to small, and from spots to stripes to splashes of colors. Of course, there were other orchids there, too. They included a […]

Spring Orchids in Our Garden

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023

After a wet winter, our spring garden is full of orchids, especially Cymbidiums. Some of the flowers were mangled by strong rains, winds, and hail, but there’s still an impressive display. Along with the Cymbidiums in this post, there are also Masdevallias, a Coelogyne, an Epidendrum, and a Dendrobium. Originating from the Himalayas, the Andes, […]

Salesforce Park Adds Life to Downtown San Francisco

Sunday, April 23rd, 2023

Four stories above the streets of San Francisco, a beautiful garden oasis sits among the Financial District’s skyscrapers. Salesforce Park is a living roof for the city’s new transit center. This public park covers 5.4 acres (2.2 hectares,) and features thousands of trees and plants. It also contains walking trails, seating, a children’s play area, […]

More Than Cymbidiums at the Gold Coast Cymbidium Society Show

Friday, April 7th, 2023

Last Saturday’s Gold Coast Cymbidium Society Show in Redwood City wasn’t all Cymbidiums, but there were plenty to be found. Arriving at the event shortly after it began, Dave and I were warned at the front door that the sales area was almost bare, having been quickly bought out by eager shoppers. I didn’t mind, […]

More Photos from Pacific Orchid Expo 2023

Monday, March 20th, 2023

Celebrate today’s equinox with more photos from the recent Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco. As spring arrives in the northern half of the planet, after a winter of strong storms, our drought appears to be over in California. That’s great news. I’ve lived through several droughts during my 34 years in the Bay Area, […]

Celebrating Diversity at Pacific Orchid Expo 2023

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

“I’ve never seen an orchid like that!” “How strange!” “That can’t be a real flower!” These exclamations were all overheard at the recent Pacific Orchid Expo. Fittingly, this year’s show theme was “Celebrating Diversity.” With tens of thousand of varied species, and hundreds of thousands of varied hybrids, the orchid family is surely a diversity […]

Today Is the Last Day of Pacific Orchid Expo 2023

Sunday, February 26th, 2023

There’s still one more day to enjoy San Francisco’s big orchid show. The Pacific Orchid Expo began on Thursday evening with a special preview event, and has been full of spectacular flowers and people since then. The show runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm today. These photos only represent a small sample of the […]

Pacific Orchid Expo 2023 Is Coming!

Monday, February 20th, 2023

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, don’t miss Pacific Orchid Expo 2023, running from this Friday, February 24th until Sunday, February 26th. Also, catch the special Preview Night on Thursday, February 23rd. It all happens at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way. These photos from […]

An Orchid with Fabulous Fringe

Tuesday, February 14th, 2023

Many orchids stop you in your tracks with their colors and patterns. This orchid stops you in your tracks with its shape and scent. Rhyncholaelia digbyana has fabulous fringe on its lip, and a rich citrus perfume at night. I bought this plant eight years ago, mistakenly believing that it could live outdoors on the […]

Our Rain-Soaked Winter Garden

Friday, January 27th, 2023

After years of drought, we don’t typically complain about rainy days in California. More than three weeks of storms, however, led to lots of complaints. From December 26th to January 19th, we received approximately 20 inches (50.8 cm) of precipitation, including a single day when we had over 5 inches (12.7 cm.) We also had […]