We are halfway through summer already and can’t help but think “How did this happen?”. You may have noticed that we have been kind of quiet on the blog front lately (sorry!) but there is a good reason we promise! It has already been a crazy busy summer for us so far with all things Row House related, not to mention trying to get outside and enjoy the warm weather as much as we can, and it is shaping up to get even busier! Big things have been happening here at the Row House and we are excited to start sharing them.
So what exactly have we been up to? Since the early spring we have been in talks with a number of design/build companies to start the process of quoting for and getting to work on our MAJOR renovations. This is going to be much more than a DIY so we knew it was time to bring in some professionals. Over the next few posts we will share how we went about finding a design/build company, the process of selecting one, the initial design stages that we have just completed and how we plan to finance this. You will get to hear all the ups and downs we have been going through and we’ll share the final design we chose. We are also working on making some updates and improvements to the blog – keep an eye out for them soon!
Since this post was mainly an update we thought we would also share our tips on how to water orchids.
As you can see our two orchids are blooming beautifully right now and usually do at least twice a year. The pink and white orchid we purchased back in 2011 and the white and green orchid was a housewarming gift when we moved into the Row House in 2013 (thank you Cindy and Mathieu!). To take care of an orchid here are our three easy tips to follow :
The best light for orchids is diffused (indirect). Our orchids are near a south-east facing window and they love it!
Water orchids once per week with ice cubs. They slowly melt which evenly waters the plant. We give each of our orchids 3-4 medium sized ice cubes per week.
When all the blooms drop off cut the orchid just above the node (bumps on the stem) closest to the blooms. This may encourage the orchid to send out another branch and bloom again right away. If not then trim the stem even lower so the orchid will direct its energy into producing a brand new stem in a few months.