Brooklyn Orchids

Orchid Jewelry by Koni Creations (+ A Special Offer)

We orchid lovers just can’t get enough of our favorite flowers. Recently, I wrote about some of the orchid clothing that has begun to accumulate in my closet, and I now have a couple beautiful orchid accessories to add to my collection. New online jewelry company Koni Creations was kind enough to send me this lovely pair of Dendrobium Sonia earrings*, which were created by dipping orchid petals in resin:

Dendrobium Sonia Earrings by Koni Creations
Dendrobium Sonia Earrings by Koni Creations

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Girlie Moment: Orchid Dress + Other Orchid Apparel

At the Celebrate Brooklyn Opening Gala
At the Celebrate Brooklyn Opening Gala

I need to take a second to talk about the fact that I’ve officially become that person who wears clothing items related to my hobby. Like many, I subscribe to several of those “flash sale” websites and occasionally I’ll spend a little time browsing for a good deal. Not long ago, I found a Jack by BB Dakota dress on Hautelook that was covered in a pretty orchid print, and I knew I had to have it. I had clicked on that particular brand’s sale because my wedding dress was BB Dakota and the fit was perfect, so I figured I’d see what else they had to offer. And this dress did not disappoint! It’s covered in Paphs and Dendrobiums, which of course only orchid nerds would really appreciate. :  )

In early June, my husband and I attended the opening night gala for Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park, and the dress code was “summer cocktail party.”  I could not have found a more perfect dress for the event! I’ll be wearing it at another summer party tomorrow night…[Shamless plug for my husband’s business in 3…2…1…] Brooklyn Winery’s sold-out Summer Rosé Party.

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On Getting Married—Your Own Way

Newlyweds at Comic-Con

I’ve been pretty bad about updating my blog this summer, because I’ve been busy doing a bunch of really fun things:

  • Going to San Diego Comic-Con
  • Celebrating my dad’s 75th birthday here in NYC
  • Enjoying a lovely weekend in the Finger Lakes
  • Traveling to Atlanta for a college friend’s wedding
  • Oh, and getting married!

Yeah, that’s right—I saved the best for last. Obviously this blog is about orchids, but because this corner of the internet is all mine, I’m going to be self-indulgent for a few minutes and talk about my own wedding.

Let me start by saying that I’ve NEVER been the girl who’s planned her dream wedding since she was little. I didn’t imagine a particular dress, a cake, bridesmaid dresses, a color scheme, music, flowers, walking down the aisle, wedding programs, place cards, wedding favors—none of it. Even listing out just some of the typical wedding planning details HERE feels overwhelming! Read more

Green Thumb Club: Special Offer for Brooklyn Orchids Readers!

I have some exciting news for you, readers! I’ve been working with Ryan and Laura of Orchids Made Easy on an orchid training program they’ve created called the Green Thumb Club. This Club is a one-of-a-kind orchid program that delivers one year’s worth of orchid care lessons directly to you for just under $20/month…unless you take advantage of the Brooklyn Orchids special offer that I’m about to tell you about.  🙂

What’s my role in all of this? I’m a contributing author of orchid lessons—this is the fun project that I’ve been wanting to share with you! So for a limited time, Brooklyn Orchids readers can sign up for the Green Thumb Club for just $9.95/month for the whole year by using the coupon code “BKLN13”—this gets you 50% off the regular price of $19.95/month. Note that this special offer is only available through Sunday, June 9 at 11:59pm so you’ll want to jump on it while you can.

What do you get when you join the Green Thumb Club? Every week, you’ll receive a new and exciting orchid lesson delivered to your inbox via a special private link. You’ll access the lesson by following the link to a password-protected website. Each lesson covers a fun and exciting topic about orchid care in step-by-step detail, complete with photos, videos, diagrams and more. The lessons cover everything you need to know to become a master when it comes to growing orchids!

Topics include:

  • Greenhouse growing
  • Making your own fertilizer
  • Repotting
  • Drying and pressing your flowers
  • Growing orchids under lights
  • How to grow on mounts, stumps, & trees
  • Pairing your orchids with their natural “buddies” like African Violets and certain types of Cacti
  • Diagnosing and treating practically every possible pest and disease
  • Plus lessons on how to care for ALL of the most popular varieties including: Phals, Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, Vandas, Miltoniopsis, Masdevallias, Brassias, Odontoglossum, Epidendrums, Zygopetalums, and so much more…

Less than $10 a month for 12 months worth of detailed information on how to care for orchids? It really is an amazing deal—if you do the math, it comes out to less than $2.50 per lesson! To sign up for the Green Thumb Club, click here and don’t forget to enter coupon code BKLN13 when you check out.

Thank you in advance for your support of this great program. You won’t regret it!  🙂

Link Change Announcement: Bklynorchids.com Is Here!

Lady Slipper at BBG

I have some exciting news! Exciting to me, anyway. You may or may not have noticed that my blog has begun redirecting to a different URL. That’s because I now have my very own site: http://bklynorchids.com/.

My blog looks basically the same as before, only now I have my own URL minus the “wordpress” part. I have my wonderful boyfriend to thank for helping me get this site set up properly, because if I tried to do it myself it would probably look like a website created in the 1990s.

What does this mean for you, Constant Reader*? Not much, as the site will redirect to bklynorchids.com if you point your browser toward my old URL, brooklynorchids.wordpress.com. But if you happen to have my site bookmarked or you subscribe to it in an RSS reader, you’ll want to make sure to use http://bklynorchids.com instead.

Why “bklyn” instead of the full-on “brooklyn”? Well, brooklynorchids.com was already taken—though no real website exists for that domain (booo, hiss!). Some folks use “BKLYN” to abbreviate the borough’s name, so I decided to go with that. It’s not hard to remember; just think “Brooklyn” without the “roo.”  🙂

So that’s my big announcement! If you see anything funky, please don’t hesitate to let me know by commenting here or emailing me at brooklynorchids [at] gmail [dot] com…though it should theoretically be smooth sailing from here on out. As always, thanks so much for reading my little ol’ blog!!

*Yeah, I just used a Stephen King reference. I’m 4 and a quarter books into the Dark Tower series, so King is in my brain right now…just call it ka.

Spam: It’s What’s for Dinner

I would like to talk about the fact that I’m getting more spam comments these days. You know the type: the random generic comments that are clearly outsourced by really crappy websites in an effort to increase linkbacks. They’re the comments that barely pass for English—sometimes they aren’t in English at all—and are not at all relevant to my content. But the results are, quite honestly, hilarious. Some examples:

Comment on the post Beginner Tips on How to Grow Phalaenopsis Orchids: You made some first rate points there. I regarded on the internet for the problem and located most people will go along with with your website. Commenter Name: “porn”

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Comment on “How to Water a Phalaenopsis Orchid“: About time! Someone with some information on this. You’d think considering how popular Comic Book Adaptations are nowadays, some information would actually be pretty easy to find. Apparently not. Anyway, thanks for this! I appreciate it! Commenter Name: “ip camera.”

Really, “ip camera”? Did I talk about “Comic Book Adaptations” in my post about how to water orchids? Couldn’t you at least make your comment more generic? Of course, there is also a random, really long comment in Russian with lots of links to what I’m sure are Russian dating porn sites. And then there’s a comment with links to see videos of girls with big…well, you know.

It’s not like these spam comments I’m getting are in any way unique to my blog; every blog receives some amount of spam. I think in a way, the fact that I’m getting more spam comments is a good thing—it means that more people are coming across my site somehow. At least WordPress has a good spam filter that catches these suckers so I can delete them…only after laughing at them and sharing the worst offenders with you, naturally. 🙂

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