Friday, April 11, 2014

What happened to the blog?

There have been no posts for awhile. I have been thinking about it and I still am not sure what will happen in the future. I will downsize the collection, that is for sure.

My orchid enthusiasm has been greatly lost. There are several factors, but the biggest single is the second greenhouse. I ended up not taking very good care of either greenhouse.

I also made a judgement error in not selling more plants in 2013. I plan to fix that this year after the plants have started new growth, probably starting June first.

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I am gradually regaining focus and will post more about what is going on. Thanks for your concern.


  1. I so missed your blog! You were such an inspiration that now I need to be careful not to end up with a nursery.every possible orchid scrap that fell into my hand I planted - many of them didn t make it but some are still growing!

  2. I understand how fast that fascination can turn into a nightmare though.Last year my husband had cancer yes he recovered and is good to go lucky me, the place where I work had massive problems so I had to work more and I had signed up many years in advance for a Master Gardener Class ...well I ended up throwing my orchids into the makeshift winter lodge and didn t give them enough attention with the result that I have now to deal with far more scale then I ever encountered! I started a while ago focusing more on orchids that can survive our zone 9 better or that are even growing in the yard and I also started trading away those that are giving me a hard time. One thing I am sure about the maxilarias are a keeper! They rewared me with lots of flowers and I anticipate the same from your seedlings soon. My arch is built and the plants will go on it soon.

  3. Richard, I always enjoyed your blogs. It's a shame that you have become demoralized. I've had my ups and downs with orchids (and life) too. I wish you the best. If I was I CA I would offer my help and support.

  4. Take your time and know that you are greatly appreciated! You have been missed and I am so relieved to know that you are okay.....Cheers from down under ;-)

  5. Richard, it is good to know that you are doing good. You have been missed.
    I have been refocusing my attention as well. With two young kids, I do not have the time I used to. But I still enjoy the orchids and what little time I get to spend with them.
    My greenhouse is a bit out of hand and I am more selective when I choose a plant.

  6. Richard, glad to know you're ok. Been reading quietly for years, inspired by your interest, willingness to just try things out, and compassion re:Sonoma and all the help you offer complete strangers via this blog! Best wishes.