Re-Potting Orchids.

There are two main reasons to re-pot your orchids, and they often, but not always, occur at the same time. First, an orchid needs to be re-potted if it gets too big for its pot. Orchids can have an extensive root system inside the pot and the potting mix, but they also typically have roots…

The Vanda Alliance Orchids

These are large monopodial orchids growing naturally from India and China down to Australia and the Philippines. They can be grown in pots, but most of the roots will prefer to wander around outside the pot. Culture in baskets is preferable but they need to be suspended, as the roots tend to hang downwards. A…

Chamomile Vanilla Marshmallows

Homemade Chamomile Vanilla Marshmallows are the perfect way to step into an old-fashioned sense of nostalgia. • 3/4 cup water• 1/4 cup chamomile flowers• 1 tablespoon gelatin• 1 cup sugar• 2 tablespoons honey• Pinch cream of tartar• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract• 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar• 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1. To brew chamomile tea, bring water…

Garden Basics; Scents of the Holidays

Humans have the ability to distinguish among thousands of unique scents, and  they can trigger instinctive reactions — behaviors or emotions that are initiated on a subconscious level. Odors can act as warning signals — think about the smell of fire, or gas. Or they can evoke warm, cozy thoughts of drinking hot chocolate on…

Growing Guide: Poinsettia

Fun Facts Although we think of poinsettias as small, indoor plants, in their natural habitat in Mexico, they grow into woody shrubs up to 10 feet tall. December 12th is National Poinsettia Day; the date marks the passing of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the man credited with introducing the plant to the U.S. in 1825. The…

Taking Perfect Pictures of Plants

Yes, plants. They don’t hide in the far corner of the enclosure, they don’t eat cake and they don’t stick their tongues out when they see a camera. They are the exact opposite of animals and children. But photographing them isn’t as easy as just pointing your camera in that general direction. Plant photography requires…

Why Photography is an Awesome Hobby

There’s a reason why everyone seems to have a camera these days. It’s true that people can sometimes go a little overboard, documenting every moment for social media, but the truth remains: photography is a truly fulfilling hobby. Even if you never earn a cent from your pictures, taking up photography as a hobby can…

I Bet This Isn’t A Peruvian Aloe Vera…

One of the many unexplained plant’s I have is the fabled “Peruvian Aloe Vera”. A very dear friend gave me this plant years ago, it sat on her office desk for months in a teeny tiny glass jar. Home we went, and as the years passed it grew, and grew. I had to break the…