Well, I think I am finally getting the hang of posting to the blog AND growing my orchid babies! I had a couple of new bloomers this past weekend, and got some delicious pictures to post.
The biggest challenge for me right now is keeping the greenhouse warm enough without blowing up my electric bill. Its been cold here, people! I mean, very un-California-like weather. If I don't turn the heater on, the greenhouse can dip down into the 40's, and that's not going to help any of the plants. My husband bought me a solar pool cover (its kind of like really heavy bubble wrap), and it keeps the temps from dropping too low, but I can't cover the doorway with it because I wouldn't be able to get in without making a mess of things, so he used some regular bubble wrap and insulated the doorway with that.
I've been able to turn the heater off during the day, but even then the temps drop to the mid-to-high 50's in the front of the greenhouse while the back stays in the 60's. This created another situation, because the back was cooler than the front for the first few months so I put all of the cooler growers back there. Now I had to move a few to the front and some of the ones in front had to move to the back. Its a dance, but one I will gladly participate in, because I am really loving this little hobby of mine.
I've got spikes and new growth going on all over the place, and I think in the spring it will be beautiful in there.
So, I'll post my newest bloomers now. First up, the Oncidium Charlesworthii
This is the Cochlioda vulcanica that was opening when I last posted. I love this one!! Pink is one of my favorite colors, and the blooms are so delicate looking.
There's more coming, so I'll be back soon with more pictures! Until then, Happy Growing!