I’m an unreasonable person who like to collect – shells, plants, books (especially cooking books)…and orchids!
Why this blog? Because it’s an easy way to track my orchids – When and where did I buy them? Which one I killed? Which one survives? Which ones grow and bloom? What are their culture conditions….
Who am I? I’m French, living in California since 2007. I discovered orchid world when I was a teen – thanks to my sister in law. I started my first collection when I moved to the south of France, essentially classic orchids like phalaenopsis, miltonia….It’s after moving to near to Paris that I discovered another world: the mini-orchid world. 10 years ago, I moved to San Francisco and I had to start a new collection as it was impossible to move my collection in USA. After few years, it seems that I bring an orchid infected with a virus to my collection….I had to do a lot of cleaning and trash most of my orchids, wait 2 years to start a new collection – collection #3 started in August 2016.
Which type of orchid do I like? I like the very small orchids. Scaphosepalum, Porroglossum, Masdevallia, Dracula, Oberonia, Polystachia, Bulbophyllum….I have essentially orchid growing in intermediary conditions but I started to experience cool culture orchids as it’s possible to culture them directly outside without special infrastructure (in north California). Why mini-orchid, because:
- I live in an apartment and have limited space so small orchids allow more orchids
- I like what is different, strange, not commun
- ‘m a molecular biologist by training and seems to be attracted by everything small