Brooklyn Orchids

A Few Updates: New Zazzle Products, Makeover Coming Soon, and Underwatered Orchids

I'll be rolling around in these fields soon....Photo credit: Jack Brauer
I’ll be rolling around in these fields soon….Photo credit: Jack Brauer

Lots of things going on around here! I love lists, so I present you this post in a list format.

  1. New products in the Brooklyn Orchids Online Store: It’s been way too long since I last updated the products in my store, and I finally have some fun new things for sale—all using my original photographs. I’ve added all kinds of items like thank you cards (my personal favorite is this toothy-grinned Dendrobium, luggage tags (inspired by my upcoming belated honeymoon to Italy*!!), and even some random stuff like nail wraps (NAIL ART YESSSS), a cosmetic bag, and a throw pillow. The coupon code BACK2SCHOOL2 gets you 15% off all products (the deal ends tomorrow, August 20th, at midnight PT). If there are any of my orchid photos that you’d like to see on a particular type of product, let me know in the comments and I can whip one up for you!
  2. Makeover is coming: I’ll admit that I’m the last person to embrace change, but my blog has had the same look for way too long and I’ve decided it’s time for a little spiffing up. Because I’ll be traveling to Italia soonish, I may not get around the all the changes until after I return, but for now just know that you will hit a completely different-looking Brooklyn Orchids at some point in the future. ETA TBD.
  3. Pour one out for the dearly departed: I’m not referring to the disappeared people from The Leftovers. Today, I made the decision to send two terribly ailing orchids to the Great Orchid Farm in the Sky (aka my compost bin). One was the Phalaenopsis that my husband and I received from his parents in an arrangement for our engagement party last year (I hate admitting that I killed that one!) and the other was a Better-Gro Cattleya from Lowe’s that has fared quite poorly lately. I should probably not buy Better-Gro orchids anymore because most of them have died on me, although I do still have three that are doing pretty well—they just haven’t bloomed yet.
  4. In case you were wondering what an underwatered Oncidium orchid looks like, let me show you:

Exhibit A
Exhibit A
Underwatered orchid
Exhibit B

See those crinkly, accordian-pleated leaves? Yeah, that means I’ve been underwatering both of these Oncidums. Whoopsie! No one ever accused me of being the perfect Orchid Mommy.

I’m going to confess something in advance here, too: I’ll be away for two weeks and am not going to have anyone come water my orchids during that time. I don’t trust anyone to care for my orchids because CONTROL FREAKISHNESS. I feel better now that I’ve gotten that off my chest.

That’s all for the moment!

*Let’s see how far my one year of Italian in college gets me and my husband, who speaks no Italian.

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