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or anyplace with more trees and less concrete

Weather Geeking, Orchid Geeking

by admin - February 15th, 2009.
Filed under: gardening, kings mountain, orchids and other flora, redwoods, santa cruz mountains, small talk, woodside.

orchids in trees

Keeping orchids alive outdoors is a challenge where I live. It’s been raining for almost a week and will most likely rain through this coming week. Nights get down to about 35 degrees and the temp hasn’t topped 42 or so during the day since the rains resumed.

I grow a lot of Mexican Laelia orchids. They’re mounted on cut branches and I hang them in the young redwood trees adjacent to my deck. Five of the orchids have died so far this month; some of them I’d had for over 10 years. Today I brought the rest of them inside and hung them in the shower so they can drip dry and get some warmth.

Fortunately, there will be an opportunity to replenish the flock in a few weeks.

There are (well, were) fifteen orchids in this tree. Can you find them all?


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