I love new discoveries.
I love flowers.
But, as much of a flower nut as I am, I only like them alive. Mark is not one of those guys who can get away with a quick stop bouquet as a gift for any occasion.
So, I generally skip right through the flower displays at the entrances of super markets. But Trader Joe’s often has living plants as part of their display, so I pay more attention. And they often have Orchids.
I must admit, although I am in awe of their beautiful structures, I have always been intimidated about forming a close relationship with Orchids. What little I had heard about them convinced me that their need for a moist environment was not in keeping with my beloved, but very dry, habitat.
Last week, I was just in need of a beauty hit. That’s all there was to it.
So, I adopted this orchid and brought it home to the Garden Room (which actually is pretty humid).
I read the tag.
When the blooms fall off, you go through all kinds of shenanigans for months until the plant is ready to bloom again. I do not do well with shenanigans, so I figured this relationship would be short lived. After all, my Hibiscus blossoms fall off after just a day or two.
But the blossoms on this orchid showed no signs of fading.
On Christmas Eve, as is our habit, we partied with good friends at their gallery in Santa Fe.
There on the counter was the same orchid – with the blossoms in beautiful condition – just like mine.
“I guess you’ve been to Trader Joe’s too,” I said to my friend, Mary.
“No, those were a gift from someone during Indian Market,” she said.
Indian Market was in mid August!
And their gallery is not even humid.
So, orchid blooms can last that long? Happy day! I really must learn more about them. Anything you want to share?
ADDING PHOTOS TO YOUR COMMENTS . . .
I have installed this possibility for you.
In my opinion, the Comments section of this blog is just as valuable as the main posts. That is where we can have our conversations and share our opinions. I think it will be great to also be able to show and tell.
The procedure is very easy. There is just a button at the bottom of the Comment box to add an image, and that is all there is to it.
You can add JPG, PNG, or GIF files and that is listed there in the Comment box.
If your image is not the right format, you will be told before you post your Comment.
The blog is capable of resizing, but does not do a very good job of it.
So, I suggest that you Resize your photo to no wider than 600 pixels wide at 72ppi. That is the width of the column and your whole photo will show up nicely.
Whenever I say RESIZE, I see a lot of eyes glass over. It is perceived as a very hard thing.
It is not a very hard thing.
If you have any version of Photoshop or Elements . . .
Open your photo and choose Image Resize from somewhere in the menus (different location in different versions).
If you can’t find it, hold down Option and Command on the Mac, or Alt and Control on the PC, and type I (for Image).
This box will pop up…
First make sure Resample Image and Constrain Proportions are checked.
(It is important to do the next two steps in order.)
Second, change the number in the Resolution box to 72.
Third, change the Pixel Width box to 600.
You now have a perfectly resized photo for use on the web.
SAVE AS the photo with a new name so you don’t change the size of your original. Make sure you are saving as a JPEG or PNG.
Choose this new version from your computer to Upload to your Comment.
SHARE A WINTER FLOWER . . .
Let’s test our new Comment feature.
If you have a beautiful flower anywhere around you at this time. let’s see it!