Monday, December 31, 2007

After Christmas...

Tree stand
Tree trunk
A week after Christmas day is when I start discarding the Christmas tree. This one is a farm grown noble fir that is about 7 feet tall. The tag says it came from this company in Oregon - the Christmas Tree State. It would be fun to visit someday and see all the trees they grow exclusively for Christmas! Noble fir is one of the more expensive trees but I know there's a more expensive Christmas tree, I just have forgotten the name and they are grown in Florida. Most people here discard the tree just as it is but I cut the branches and just leave the bare trunk. Then I remove the trunk from the tree stand. Everything goes in the green bin but not the tree stand (of course!). The garbage collector comes and recycles these trees. They turn them into mulch.
For more information on recycling your Christmas tree, go to www.christmastree.org HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Dec. 28-31: Come See the Rose Parade Floats!

Yes, I have a guest pass (good for four)!
Out-of-State visitors come by the bus.
Some of the things you need to know before entering the pavilion.
Boy with his "alien" balloon. You will see New Mexico's float which features "Roswell".
So many people and a long line to get in!
Other materials they used aside from the flowers.
Souvenirs
Reporters of Channels 4 and 9 and their trucks.

Rose Parade Floats Photographs

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Phalaenopsis AKA "Moth Orchid"

I bought a couple of orchids last week and one of them is this "moth orchid" (phalaenopsis). I don't have any experience growing orchids and I'm giving it a try. I did my research already - during the months of December through May that these orchids bloom. Orchid blooms range from white, pink, lavender and yellow - obviously mine is white. Blooms usually last three months.
I'm keeping all of my orchids in the sun room of the house at the moment. I've placed them on a spot near the windows. Another reason I'm keeping them inside is because of the cold winter night. Ideal temperature is between 55 and 85 F. But the cool night time temperatures in the fall is the reason these gorgeous plants start to flower. Now if the temperature goes higher than 90 F this will slow it's growth.
The orchids I purchased were growing in a medium of moss. I only water them once a week. Note: Don't get the water on the flowers as it will shorten it's life.
I'm thinking of repotting my orchids - this one has outgrown it's pot. But I can't do that any sooner as I don't have any moss available. You can also use bark, stone, perlite or similar material that will provide the aeration your Phalaenopsis will need.