Happy 2015! Phal Spikes + NYBG Orchid Show Dates Released

Happy New Year, everyone! I have to say, I am so glad to see 2014 go. The second half of the year was not the best. Despite some really fun stuff (Comic-Con, our honeymoon), July through the end of the year also involved an inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis for me (fun times…but it’s ok—I’m actually doing well right now), family drama, and plenty of stress to go along with it. All of which also left me less than motivated to blog, so that’s partly why you’ve seen fewer posts from me. Needless to say, I was thrilled when the clock struck midnight on Wednesday because it signaled a fresh start.

On a lighter note, though there’s not a whole lot going on with my orchids at the moment, I do have one Phal that’s about to bloom (YAY!) and a second one whose spike is coming along nicely:

Peloric Phal buds
Peloric Phal buds

It’s about time to stake this guy!

I must not have kept the peloric Phal oriented to the light in a consistent way; see how its largest bud is facing upward? We’ll see what it looks like when the buds open—maybe it won’t look too out of whack. Beggars can’t be choosers!  I should just be happy that it’s about to bloom, especially since I recently put my remaining Paphiopedilum and Zygopetalum to rest because they were both pretty much dead in their pots.

Since it’s a new year, it’s almost time for a new Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden! This year’s show will run from February 28 through April 19. I don’t know what the theme will be this year, but I’m excited to see another amazing show. If you recall, I first fell in love with orchids while attending the NYBG’s Orchid Show in 2009, so the exhibit will always be near and dear to me. You can sign up for ticket alerts here.

I hope to have more interesting news about my own orchids soon. Send good vibes their way!

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