The Knitting Ephemera Book Giveaway Winner

The book giveaway winner is Chris, a blog follower and knitter, from North Hollywood, CA. Congratulations, Chris!

Beginning in March, I’ll be doing two giveaways monthly. The giveaways will be posted on the 1st and 15th of each month along with a trivia question.

Giveaways are open to blog followers who have been following my blog for a minimum of six months.

As always, thank you to all of you who follow my blog!

 

Landing on Bermuda Today

Today I worked a trip to Bermuda which happens to be one of my top ten all-time favorite scenic landings.

I took the following photos of the stunning turquoise and brilliant blue Atlantic Ocean on approach to the picture perfect island.

Bermuda is located 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina and only a 2 1/2 hour flight from NY/NJ. From all east coast points, it’s a hop, skip and a jump away. It’ s an easy and quick flight to a high-end getaway island.

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Bermuda’s varied shades of blue is a spectacular sight to see.

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And contrasting green too…

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I like the shadow of the airplane in the water…

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Pretty pastel Bermuda with pink sand beaches.

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Arriving at L.F. Wade International Airport on a sunny day with a temperature of 76 degrees. The pastel-colored airport is located at the east end of the island in St. George’s Parish.

Travel Tip: Be safe on Bermuda and take the pretty pink buses everywhere.

 

Obsessed with Orchids at Longwood Gardens

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With the exception of Antarctica, did you know that orchids grow naturally on every continent?

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The Vanda orchid is striking due to its color ranging from pale lavender to dark purple. It’s native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Australia.

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Pale pink Cymbidium orchids need cool temperatures and bright light to bloom. In China, they’re known as wind orchids.

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The key to success with orchids is selecting the right variety. Phalaenopsis aka moth orchids are one of the easiest to grow. It’s also one of the most common orchids for sale.

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The Lady’s Slipper Orchid takes between 6 and 11 years to produce a flower.

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Miltoniopsis orchids have large flowers resembling pansies; they’re known as the pansy orchid.

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The Dendrobium orchid has over 900 species and is known as the rock orchid in Australia.

Visit Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens-between now and March 27th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I Went to Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza

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Today, I drove to renowned Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa to visit their annual Orchid Extravaganza (January 23-March 27). This is Longwood’s largest and most diverse orchid exhibit ever.

I walked over to the colossal conservatory which is considered one of the world’s great greenhouse structures.

Pierre S. du Pont constructed the conservatory between 1919 and 1921. Along with his wife Alice, they started the orchid collection nearly 100 years ago.

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I walked into the East Conservatory and stopped in my tracks at the Orchid Arch strategically placed in the Oval Basin. It officially welcomes guests into a fairytale world of exotic blooms. The 12ft custom metal arch was created with 600 perfect creamy white Phalaenopsis hybrid orchids.

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What a sight to behold! As a matter of fact, everyone stopped in their tracks and took photos of one another standing under the custom frame made in Longwood’s in-house metal shop.

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Throw a coin in under the orchid arch and make a wish!

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As I walked through the 4-acre conservatory, I came across one colorful orchid display after another. There are more than 6500 orchids blooming. The award-winning 17ft Orchid Curtain features 250 purple Phaleanopsis and Cattleya orchids.

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Two large ceramic urns with yellow/gold Cymbidiums flanked the purple Orchid Curtain.

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For me, the Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian ‘V3’ orchids in two large urns was the main attraction in the Orangery. They are simply amazing due to their perfect unity of flower pairs on each long stalk as well as the length of the orchid blooms. Grown by experts in Taiwan, this particular variety is rarely displayed in the United States.

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Raining orchids! Each ‘V3’ is carefully cultivated for about four years. The spikes are trained along a curved metal stake to create the formal, cascading presentation. They’re absolute perfection!

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Take a closer look! Not one flaw, not one blemish…

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High above and dangling from the Orangery’s glass roof is one of five 7ft orbs–each one has 120 purple and white Phalaenopsis orchids.

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At the end of Orchid Extravaganza, the orchid displays will be dismantled and the orchid plants will be sold between March 30 – April 2 in the Garden Shop.