We hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year celebration. And we sincerely hope all of our friends in northern areas are warm and safe in this incredibly horrific winter weather. It was unseasonably chilly here, too, with several nights in the low 40s. We know this is perfectly balmy for folks up north, but it’s arctic by our standards and we had to seal up the shadehouses, protect the critters, and shiver through it. Fortunately the forecast is improving each day, and we seem not to have had any significant cold damage. Seems like we were complaining just a few weeks ago about how unseasonably warm it was; serves us right, I guess.
Some of our favorite tropicals are blooming in the garden now. The Indian clock vine (Thunbergia mysorensis), has actually produced an early flush of flowers, and we expect a spectacular display very soon. The Clerodendrum smithianum (“light bulb” plant) is blooming like crazy, and we have gorgeous flowers on the white bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai). We have early flower spikes on our Smbc. Diamond Head, and recently we noticed some early spikes on a couple of the specimen Onc. sphacelatum plants, too. These orchids will make amazing displays soon, too. Of course we’ll keep you posted.
You can see all of this, and lots more, on one of our free weekend garden tours. Every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, we escort a walking tour of Bob’s and Mike’s private garden at 11am and 3pm. No reservation necessary, just be here a few minutes before start-time. The tour runs about an hour, we hope you can join us for it some time soon. It’s a garden, it changes with the seasons, so there’s always something new going on. We can arrange garden tours for groups, too, please contact us.
Our regular class schedule will begin this month, with five Saturday classes on different orchid care topics. Download the information brochure and contact us to register. (You’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file)
Africa Tour Filling Fast!
If you’re thinking about joining our tour to Kenya in October, send us your reservation soon, please. This tour is filling up very fast, and we only have a few double-occupancy rooms left.
A Note About Winter Shipping
At this time of year we may hold your order if we believe the weather conditions are unsuitable for standard shipping. We do monitor the weather daily, and we’ll ship as soon as we think it’s safe to do so. We appreciate your patience during weather-related delays. Expedited (overnight) shipping may be an option, at an additional charge. We do not use “heat packs”. Conditions here in south Florida are warm; if we put a heat pack in the box before shipping the plants will be cooked long before the box gets to its destination.