Brooklyn Orchids

Visiting Norman’s Orchids in Montclair, California

My husband and I recently returned from a much-needed vacation in Southern California. He’s from Glendale (a Los Angeles suburb) so we started off there, then spent a few nights in Hermosa Beach. From HB we drove to Palm Desert and stayed a few nights, then returned to Glendale for a night before flying back home.

For some reason it didn’t occur to me to research local orchid growers prior to our trip, but a couple minutes into our drive to Palm Desert I thought, “hey, we should see if there are any orchid nurseries along the way!” So I searched “orchid nursery” on Google Maps’ new pit stop feature…and lo and behold, a whole bunch of places popped up. The first one I saw was Norman’s Orchids—whose website I’ve browsed many times before—and it was only located about 10 minutes out of the way on our drive. The decision was a no-brainer: we had to stop by on our mini road trip!

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Orchid Spotting in South Florida

Yesterday I posted photos from my visit to R.F. Orchids, a lovely orchid nursery and showroom in Homestead, Florida. Today I’d like to share with you the rest of the orchids I photographed throughout our travels in Miami and the Florida Keys. Lots and lots of photos ahead!

Within an hour of arriving in Miami’s South Beach, we were eating lunch on the sidewalk at The Pelican when I spotted two orchids (probably Oncidiums) mounted on a nearby tree trunk:

It's kinda sad-looking, but I do see a couple new growths!
It’s kinda sad-looking, but I do see a couple new growths!

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Visiting R.F. Orchids in Homestead, Florida

Vanda at R.F. Orchids
Vanda at R.F. Orchids

A few days ago my husband and I returned from an eight-day trip to southern Florida, and it was a much-needed escape from the Brooklyn winter. We flew into Fort Lauderdale and drove to Miami to stay in South Beach for a night; then we drove down to the Keys, with a 3 night stay in Islamorada and a 4 night stay in Key West. Of course I knew I had to look out for orchids in this tropical climate, and I was not disappointed! Needless to say, I pretty much photographed every orchid that I saw, so I’ll be splitting this vacation up into two posts: the first will be photos of our visit to R.F. Orchids, a nursery and showroom in Homestead, and the second will be photos of orchids that we saw throughout our trip.

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Happy Labor Day + Ciao for Now

I'll be here (Venice) in about 24 hours! Photo credit: holiday-weather.com
I’ll be here (Venice) in about 24 hours! Photo credit: holiday-weather.com

Just wanted to write a quick update before I head to Italy for my honeymoon! As promised, I’ve given my blog a bit of a facelift. It’s officially a work in progress at this point, so there will be more changes once I return from my trip. I want to play around with the theme’s colors, font, etc etc…I don’t exactly have a vision for how I want it to look so I’ll be making tweaks here and there for a little while.

If you see anything on my website that looks funky or broken, please let me know and I’ll work on fixing it when I’m back!

Please send good orchid vibes my way—we’ll be hitting up the Dolomites and Sestri Levante in the Italian Riviera (among other places), and there are some wild orchids in those parts of Italy! From the bit of research I’ve done, the orchids native to the areas we’ll be visiting most likely won’t be in bloom while we’re there, but hey, you never know. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some wild orchid sightings. And we may try to visit a botanical garden or two in between eating pasta and pizza and drinking vino.

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday and the (almost-but-not-quite) end of summer!

 

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