Wanna be startin’ somethin’

I’m a glutton for punishment.  I simply Must try starting seeds…  This season of gray, gloom, and cold cries out for some seedlings to brighten a corner and I have mightily tried to figure out how.  Unfortunately, in all the dozens of seeds I have started over the years, only a handful have survived until planting (see Here ).  Still, I just must try.

This year’s experiments:  basil, bell and sweet banana pepper, cilantro, broccoli, german chamomile, red mums, and marigolds, 4 dozens little seeds of hope.  We’ll see…

One thing I’m certain about:  the annual Orchid Escape at Mesker Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Amazonia, will be blooming!  We set up this Wednesday and Thursday, with the kick-off party on Friday, 2/10.  I’ll be out there nearly every week-end, so if you’re trying to avoid me, go during the week…   Seriously, if you’re local, take a day to stroll and sit with the plants and birds.  Every year it is spectacular.  I’ll share pictures as soon as I can, but it would be better to see you there!

Orchids are not difficult to grow—easier than starting seeds!–so I’m having a go at a phalaenopsis in the music room…

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Peace, Love, and Flowers

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Orchid Escape, 2016…

With temps down in the teens, it was great to escape to Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Amazonia for the Orchid Show.  These count as volunteer hours with Master Gardeners, but I’d do it for nothing..!  I’m no orchid expert, but the people I hang out with know all about them.

The show runs through March 20, so if you’re in town, you should head on over to warm your chilly bones, admire the fragrant flowers, and say hello—the animals will love you, if you do…    I hope I see you there…