Brooklyn Orchids

Orchid and Life Update

It’s been a long time since I wrote a post here. To be honest, I’ve been focusing more on my personal blog and my Instagram accounts. But I wanted to write a little update on a couple of my orchids and give a general update on my life.

First of all, I have one orchid in spike! Just one probably doesn’t sound that exciting, but most of my orchids haven’t bloomed in years. So I am psyched!

The orchid in spike is a NOID Phalaenopsis that I bought at Trader Joe’s in 2010. It has bloomed for me in the past, but like I said, it’s been years. The orchid is pretty small and the spike isn’t very long, but it looks like it’ll give me at least three or four blooms. I’ll take what I can get!

I do have a new Phalaenopsis to share with you, but this one is tinged with sadness at the moment. My husband and I recently made the difficult decision to put our 19-year-old cat, Walter, to sleep. His health had deteriorated and he got to the point where he wasn’t eating and kept losing weight, so we knew it was time. It was very rough but every day gets a little easier. One of my dear friends from high school very kindly sent us this beautiful Phalaenopsis to express her condolences:

The orchid is so pretty! Here’s a closer look at the blooms:

It was so sweet of her to send the orchid, and I will think of Walter every time it blooms. And of how badly he would have wanted to eat the plant.  😛

Some of my other orchids have a bit of new growth, so that’s always nice to see. Nothing exciting enough to post photos of here, though.

The biggest life news I have is that we closed on a house last week! On Halloween, to be exact. We won’t be moving in immediately because we are going to do some work on it, but we’re super excited to finally have our own place together! One of the best parts about it is the beautiful backyard:

The sellers left the string lights, and there’s a fountain!

There’s also a small but thoughtfully landscaped front yard that I hope I can keep alive. I don’t have a good photo of it just yet. Also? There’s a roof terrace that we hope to turn into a greenhouse for my orchids!

We don’t know yet what’s possible, permit-wise, in terms of building a greenhouse. The dream would be to enclose most or all of the terrace, but we’ll see. If we can’t enclose the space we may buy a small structure and put it out on the terrace, assuming that’s permitted by the city. Regardless, I hope to have a better growing situation for my orchids than I’ve had for the past few years! It would be amazing to get them to bloom more often.

So that’s what’s going on here. I’ll definitely have more to share once we actually move and get settled in. I’m going to be working on my Brooklyn Orchids 2019 calendar, so I’ll let you all know when that’s available for sale on my Zazzle store!

 

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