Of course, I’m still excited about the greenhouse!  Are you kidding me?

I’m just getting started!  Although, I will admit there is a lot to the “discovery” and “REcovery” portions of this are a lot more involved than I initially thought it might be.

One of the things I neglected to consider when I jumped into this whole venture was the idea that there are a BUNCH of orchids in that greenhouse that I know NOTHING about.  So with each one I bring home to give attention to, I have to research everything… its care, light, water, rest period, potting preferences, etc…

That is only if I have some idea of what it is.  If it is a “No ID” and I have no idea myself, then it becomes a completely different research animal.

Thankfully, every now and then, Richard will make his way out to see how I’m doing and will say something like “oh, that phrag up there…” or “this angraecum right here…”  or something like that.  Usually, I can catch the references and make enough of a mental note to have a place to start with the research.

There is everything in there from the itty bitty to the rather large.

So today was a lot of pulling out pots of dead plants and things that were NOT orchids.  Some sorting of potting medium and supplies. Setting up shelves and sorting fertilizers, antifungals, and ant bait.

More pulling dead leaves and stems from shelves… sweeping… dumping pots… discovering and sorting orchids… spraying and cleaning scale…

You know…

Greenhouse things.

While looking at the pictures you have to pay attention to the early pics to now to really start to get an idea that ANYTHING is happening, but I still feel good about what I got accomplished today.

There are a ton of little plants laying on shelves that are not mounted or potted and I just keep gathering them up to bring them home and pot or mount.  I can’t even imagine what the final count will be.

So, yeah… Its been a lot of work, but it feels good.  Somehow it is therapeutic even with the sweat and dirt.  And… as a side note… my husband is happy to have me doing it because it makes me a happier person to be around.  So that is a plus 😀

I guess that is the wrap for today’s foray into the new greenhouse.  I’m including a short video that I took just before I left.  I’m pretty proud of it.

To your orchid-ing success

~Jeremie