daily .img :: in bloom

I have this little orchid plant that I rescued, about a year ago… Well, make that four rescued orchids, two of which have survived. I re-potted them and took some cues from Derek over at Plantgasm on how to care for them. Plantgasm is a fantastic plant blog (totally safe for work) and I’ve admired Derek’s photographs and writing for years now.

It took a long time, but one of the orchids finally started to put out new growth and finally bloomed!

From Friday morning:

…Then Friday afternoon:

…And now, Monday morning!

A lovely plum and yellow Phalaenopsis! Of the two surviving plants, I think I’ve just realized why this one has done so well: it sits on a shelf right above/behind my computer at work- getting lots of sun, and lots of warmth from the computer, probably helping to create the humid environment that orchids love so much.

Perhaps the next step is to make room on the shelf for a rather large cymbidium?

Coffee Speakeasy with Handsome Coffee Roasters

For the past few months, I’ve been enjoying (and sharing!) the experience of watching the crew at Handsome Coffee Roasters get up and running with their first coffee bar and dedicated coffee roasting facility. It’s one of the best new things in my neighborhood, and not only are the guys happy to be here in the Arts District, they’re also very happy to share.

Signage going up!

This week, they’re extending an invitation to the neighborhood to come see the space, drink coffee (on the house!) and celebrate this new neighborhood addition! They’re not yet open for business, but they’re throwing a little party anyhow.

What: Call it a “coffeehouse speakeasy.”
Where: Handsome Coffee Roasters, 582 Mateo St @ Willow, Los Angeles, CA 90013
When: Feb 8 through Feb 10, 7-11 PM
Why: Coffee, company, and a good photo-op!


Hope to see you there!