First of all, let me show you what I came home to yesterday evening.
This box was so massive that stood all the way up to my chest and blocked entry to my door! If you're wondering what was inside, you'll have to stick with me while I share the generosity of others over the last year. Resist the urge to scroll all the way down! On Twitter there is a meme called #followfriday where everyone pays it forward, listing the names of people to follow. This is my Follow Friday. Please visit these wonderful people and say 'hi' for me.
If I have missed anyone, please forgive me! There are so many that I'll have to thank in the future and you are all very appreciated.
I'm amazed that my first friends are still the most supportive ones. Florida bloggers Floridagirl, NanaK, Kimberly, Meems, Simply Susan, and Danger Garden (actually from Oregon) reliably leave friendly comments on my blog even when I'm often too busy to return the favor! Though I don't comment very often they are still among my favorite blogs to visit when I want some happiness in the morning.
Since I've started using Facebook and Twitter I've also made many new friends. Fern Richardson, Ivette Soler, Jenny Nybro Peterson, Katie Elzer-Peters, Debra Lee Baldwin and Gayla Trail have showered me an overwhelming amount of their very best advice and assistance. These ladies know a thing or two about the world of garden writing and have gone out of their way to assist a newbie like me with even the most inane questions.
|Dracaena cutting from Plantgasm!|
Okay, you've all waited patiently to see what was in that big box, so here goes!
Okay, I guess the first picture of this post gave it away, but just try to imagine the rush I felt when I was greeted by these healthy blooming phalaenopsis orchids! I was told that I won something after participating on Twitter's #GardenChat, which was hosted by Costa Farms and all about orchids! I've mostly focused on the oncidiums and encyclias lately, but "phals" are exceptionally suited to the lower light often found indoors, making them perfect houseplants. I'll keep my cattleyas and epidendrums outside, and let the graceful arching flowerspikes of the moth orchids add some color and elegance to the living room!
These are included in Costa Farms' Orchids Are Easy collection, which are easy to find at local retailers of any size. I'm a big fan of their informative plant tags and Orchids Are Easy website, which offer tips and guidelines for indoor growing that anyone can understand. As much as I love to find the more unusual varieties of orchids, they rarely come equipped with such helpful information.
Its also worth mentioning that @CostaFarms has been intensely involved on Twitter and Facebook with one of the most admirable social media campaigns I've seen to date. They'll go out of their way to offer support in a timely manner, and they also happen to be engaging enough to follow for the entertainment value alone!
You can plan on seeing my own blog post offering orchid growing advice in the near future! I'm just trying to decide which article to do first: My Vampire Theme Garden, Jurassic Theme Garden, Or Orchids for Complete and Total Imbeciles. Decisions, decisions.