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Brooklyn Orchids: 2010 in Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress mulled over how my blog did in 2010 and emailed me this lovely summary of my overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2010. That’s about 23 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 91 new posts, not bad for the first year! If only I hadn’t lost steam late in the year I would have hit 100 posts for sure. Hmm, maybe that should be my blogging goal for 2011.

The busiest day of the year was August 18th with 111 views. The most popular post that day was How to Make a Humidity Tray.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for patrick bateman, phalaenopsis, phalaenopsis orchidea, orchidea phalaenopsis, and orchids. I find it hilarious that people came to my blog by searching “patrick bateman.” What they found was this Orchid of the Week post about the Galeandra batemanii.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


How to Make a Humidity Tray March 2010


How to Identify a New Orchid Root vs. Flower Spike April 2010


Top Three Orchid Newbie FAQs May 2010


How to Identify Healthy vs. Unhealthy Roots February 2010


How to Water a Phalaenopsis Orchid March 2010

Thanks a million to all my readers and commenters out there! I’m feeling good about 2011. Happy New Year, everyone!!

New Meetup Group: Brooklyn Orchid Growers

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I’m a member of, though I almost never go to any events. I think I’ve only ever gone to one meetup. Anyway, awhile back I entered ‘orchids’ as an interest in my profile, and I just now received an email notifying me that a group had been formed called Brooklyn Orchid Growers. So of course, I joined it!

I’m not sure yet how comfortable I feel about actually going to an orchid meetup, but it sounds like the group’s organizers are going to wait awhile before they plan an event. So I’ve got time to gather the courage. These things always make me kind of nervous and I’m sure I’d feel intimidated.

To any other Brooklyn-based orchid lovers out there that are reading my blog: you should join the group too!

Orchids Lovers: Nutjobs & Weird Rich People?

It’s no wonder why many people think orchid lovers are mentally ill freaks of nature, or rich eccentric folks with lots of time of their hands — or some combination of these quirks.  Many film, TV, and written portrayals of orchid enthusiasts perpetuate these stereotypes. The first representation of an orchid lover that comes to mind — probably because it’s one of my favorite shows ever — is Harold Smith, the agoraphobe played by Lenny von Dohlen in Twin Peaks:

Lenny von Dohlen & Lara Flynn Boyle, Twin Peaks

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Unfortunate Orchid Names: 2nd Edition

There were a lot of amused comments from readers on my blog post 10 Unfortunate Orchid Names, so I decided that a second edition was in order. Orchids have all sorts of crazy names and so many of them take my mind straight back to the gutter…I just can’t help it! For your perverse pleasure, here is a list of 20 more unfortunate orchid names…

1. The word ‘orchid‘ itself comes from the Greek word ‘orchis’, which means testicle. If you take a look at the roots on the genus Orchis, it’s crystal clear where the name came from:

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Orchid Books on eBay

Awhile back I developed a little obsession with hunting eBay for good deals on orchid books. I was able to find great deals on some helpful books to add to my small collection! Here’s what I ended up with:

300 Orchids: Species, Hybrids & Varities in Cultivation by Jane Boosey

This fat little orchid bible retails for $29.95 but my winning bid was $3.99. Total including shipping was $7.13. So I saved $22.82 on this one!

Growing Orchids: A Cultural Handbook Prepared by the AOS, 1993 Revised Edition

My winning bid was $0.99, and total cost including shipping was $3.49.

Orchids by Thomas J. Sheehan

My winning bid was another whopping $0.99! Total cost including shipping: $4.15. I can’t even find this book online, so I think it may be out of print (though the publication date is 2001, so it’s not all that old). It was published in association with the Smithsonian Institution and the American Orchid Society.

11 of 12 volumes of Orchids Magazine from 1996, American Orchid Society

My winning bid was $4.99; total cost including shipping: $10.71.

All in all, I spent $25.48 on three orchid books and 11 magazines. If you divide the cost, that’s $1.82 per publication! Not too shabby, eh? I love justifying purchases that way. There’s a ton of information in these books and magazines and I’ve been using them to do research for my blog posts and to care for my orchids. These purchases were definitely worth it!

10 Unfortunate Orchid Names

Ok, I’ll admit it. Sometimes my mind is in the gutter. A lot of the time, actually. So when I hear orchid names like the ones listed below, my mind automatically goes there. I’ll let the names speak for themselves. In no particular order, here are…

1. Cattleya labiata

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