Saturday, March 28, 2009

A delightful day


A while ago, I worked up the courage to ask our local workers-owned bakery collective if they would give us some of their used coffee grounds. I wanted to use the grounds to enrich my garden soil. Somehow that lead to a conversation about growing orchids, and since that time one of the bakers has been giving me the occasional gift of a plant when he divides his orchids. This morning, I had an email saying that he had split up his masdevallia orchids, and that I could have a few of the babies. Judging by the number of divisions he had, Chi must be supplying half the orchid growers in West Oakland with plants. I'm thrilled to be part of his orchid-geek network.

As if that weren't delightful enough, I there are small orange butterflies fluttering everywhere this morning. I wonder if this will last for more than one day. Are they newly hatched? Or migrating through? Who knows. I'm just glad that I had my eyes open this morning, and noticed them.

In between all of this, I did several hours of work at the studio, and now Robb and I are off to Jen and Paul's egg decorating party. Nice.


ajt said...

i want to branch out into orchids, but i haven't gotten there yet. i'm afraid i'll get one and be really invested and then it will die on me. I am jealous of your hookup!

The Gillespie Tribe said...

The little butterflies are probably Painted Ladies, which are migrating to Canada from Mexico =o) Not too long ago they were passing through the San Louis Obispo area in thick groups!


Anonymous said...

When I first looked at the picture I thought it was flamingos in front of green leaves. Don't they kinda look like flamingos? -Rose


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