I haven't had an internet connection for a few weeks now. I'm using the 3G my phone gets to write this post as well as the Blogger app, which is only so slightly less than acceptable, that I'm still willing to use it. The good news is I will have internet and TV again by tomorrow, but just in time to work three 12's in a row. I have been reunited with a real camera (and my family, Hooray!) However, it'll be a few days before I have time to get out a real post.
In other news I did have the opportunity to go to an orchid society meeting, The Jacksonville Orchid Socitey I was never able to make one in NY in the past because they met on days I worked, or were too far to travel to. I'm going to have to join this society though, possibly the SAOS in St. Augustine as well. Being on orientation still at work I can't really pick my days, so next month I'll be working the night of Jacksonville's meeting, but will be off the night St. Augustine's society meets. So I'll go check out both before I join either and report back. I really enjoyed the JOS meeting though, some very friendly and helpful people, and I totally felt welcome despite being the youngest (or at least one of the youngest,) members there.
My Nepenthes ventricosa seedlings that I sprouted back in November have grown their 1st proto-pitchers, so I'll be sharing some pictures of their progress shortly. I'm also surprisingly still enjoying my Brassia Rex 'Tahoma' blooms, (which smell fantastic by the way, that orchid is a trooper,) and have my fingers crossed I'll have pictures of all the Phalaenopsis blooms too soon. The temperatures have been all over the place, but progress on their end is being made. I'm actually hoping that my Phalaenopsis stuartiana x self holds out another month before it blooms so I can take it to the next JOS meeting. A few people really made a point to encourage me to bring in my blooming orchids, so I will.
I never really had a chance to show off any orchids before to people that cared, (in real life anyway,) never really cared enough to bother either, but it was really cool to get to see everyone else's blooming orchids there. Even though orchids are judged, and even if I never win 1st, it feels like it would be fun to participate rather than it be a matter of pride or competition.
Anyway, to wrap this up, I'll be back shortly so don't unsubscribe yet! Next time with more pictures, but probably not less text! Here's a picture of Drosera spatulata 'Tamlin' with a neat double leaf it put out. Not terribly exciting, but I felt bad not putting any pictures into this post.