Thursday Has Arrived!

Some people call it Thursday, I like to call it Friday Eve

Wine run! I was up early so we did our morning champagne and then I headed out. Of course, the ol’ Silver Ghost pulled directly into Lowe’s and it forced me to go shopping! O came home with a new orchid and I found my favorite orchid pots on sale. I also got a gallon of Roundup to kill the neighbors evasive vines!

 Our orchids are tropical orchids and are epiphytes, which means that they grow in the air, rather than in soil. Their fleshy roots are covered with a layer of white cells called velamen, which acts as a sponge to absorb water. I use the sphagnum moss to line the pot and fill the inside with redwood or Douglas fir bark. That way plenty of air gets to the roots and the moss keeps the area moist but not wet!

Did You Know? Sphagnum is a genus of approximately 380 accepted species of mosses, commonly known as “peat moss”. Accumulations of Sphagnum can store water, since both living and dead plants can hold large quantities of water inside their cells; plants may hold 16 to 26 times as much water as their dry weight, depending on the species. The empty cells help retain water in drier conditions.

Sphagnum mosses occur mainly in the Northern Hemisphere in peat bogs, conifer forests, and moist tundra areas. Their northernmost populations lie in the archipelago of Svalbard, Arctic Norway, at 81° N.

It’s a labor of love!

I buy the moss from Amazon and use a moss that is picked/harvested for orchids!

“Live” Sphagnum moss in a bog

We just stayed home today as we are going out this evening. The Phoenix Club was great this evening even-though it was in the back room!

Returning home we watched TV and crashed early as I have some surgery scheduled for 8:00 AM in the morning!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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