Friday, July 24, 2020

Happy Friday

All of a sudden the Republicans realized that holding a convention in the middle of a pandemic was not a great idea.  The Democrats figured that out a few months ago and have already come up with alternatives.  But the GOP is going to host a giant Zoom meeting with all that goes along with it (“Hey, you’re still muted!”) and then try to make the case that while it’s too dangerous to hold the convention, schools must be re-opened.

Meanwhile, the Senate Republicans can’t even agree between themselves what to do about the stimulus bill to replace the one that is going to end a week from today and throw a whole lot of people into limbo regarding their unemployment payments.  And we’ve passed 4 million cases of Covid-19.

On the upside, or at least a glimmer of hope, Biden is leading Trump by 13 points here in Florida.  But remember that polls don’t matter.  Do they?

A moment of zen to appreciate some backyard nature.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Monday, January 22, 2018

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Blooms

My dendrobium is blooming.

This is the orchid I won at the first Cars in the Garden show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens three years ago. The great thing about growing orchids in Florida is that it’s their natural habitat. Hang them up in the back yard and let nature take its course.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

In The Bleak Midwinter

Actually, we’re in the near-end of autumn, and the first real cool front of the season has blanketed South Florida with nice comfortable temperatures and lower humidity.  The chili pepper vanda is in bloom again while the other vanda is getting very close.  The hibiscus is always showing off.

002

004

006

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Orchid Blogging

Despite my reputation as the Grim Reaper of Gardening — I can kill a geranium — I am able to keep orchids alive.  You might remember that back in May I won an orchid at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden car show.  It did okay in the kitchen window, but it became obvious that it needed to be liberated from its plastic container.  I had an empty orchid hanging basket left over from a long-departed philodendron, so I cleaned it out, put some orchid bark in it, and moved the dendrobium out to a branch on the north side of a hibiscus where it will get some shaded sun and plenty of air and rain.

Let’s see how it does.

004

Monday, May 19, 2014

Trophy Orchid

Yesterday I took the Pontiac to a car show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.  It was selected as the best in show for 1980’s cars and the trophy was this lovely orchid.

001

The photo was taken in close-up while the orchid posed on my kitchen counter in front of the window that overlooks the back patio.  Unlike the impression the photo gives, it’s not six feet tall.