Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I forgot I had a blog!

I almost forgot I had started this blog until my 1 follower reminded me the other day.  There's been so much going on that I don't know if I'm coming or going.

My husband's family is coming in from all over the place for Thanksgiving, and although I'm a little stressed out about cooking for over 40 people, I'm sure it'll be great.

THEN, I threw my back out a couple of weeks ago, and have been going to a chiropractor to see if he can straighten it out.  I've never been to one before, so am not sure what to expect.  It seems to be getting a tiny bit better, but by nighttime, I'm just about done.

His office is kind of odd, for me.  He runs it like an assembly line, and he is constantly telling his staff what to do and what his expectations are - right in front of the clients!  On my first visit, I heard him bitching out one of the girls on the phone.  Her fault for having it on speaker, but he has a real potty mouth!

I do enjoy the roller table, though.  I'd love to have one at my house so I can get on it 2-3 times a week.  Its so relaxing.

SO!  On to the good stuff!  My orchid babies are still making me very happy.  Since I Moved most of them into the greenhouse they've been growing and thriving, just as I'd hoped.  I have new growths, some spikes, and a few blooms.  Of course, there are some bugs in there, too, so I've been spraying my Safer Soap on everything, but may have to go to some big guns soon.  Mealy bugs are gross, and I think I may have some spider mites.  We have a pest control company that comes out and sprays the perimeter of the house every 2 months, and I spoke with our technician, Kelli.  She said she would be more than happy to spray the greenhouse, too, but we agreed to do some research on both our ends to see what would kill the bugs but not harm the plants.

Here are some pictures of what I've got going on right now:

Encyclia garciana - this one seems to be a pretty easy grower.  At least from a semi-newbie's perspective.

Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom 'Carmela'

This is just a cutie-pie!  I love it, and it gave me three spikes.  It was my Mother's Day gift to myself this past May.

Oncidium clowesii

I got this one from a silent auction at the Orchid Society meeting two months ago.  

Prosthechea Green Hornet

I have two of there - 1 potted and one mounted.  The potted one seems to be growing better than the mounted one, but both are in bloom right now.  In this picture, the one I'm holding is the mounted one, and it just said Green Hornet on the tag.  The one on the right is a Green Hornet 'ISO', and the bloom seems to be a little smaller, but it is more prolific.

close up of the 'ISO'

Well, that's it for now, but like I said, there are quite a few spikes going on right now, so I'm looking forward to some blooms in the next few weeks.  Until then, I guess I'll post about the new orchids I have coming in!  LOL!