Melissa Harms

Artist of Adventure

Oncidium Sharry Baby

Now In Bloom: Oncidium Sharry Baby

I picked up my first Oncidium Sharry Baby a few months ago at Fantasy Orchids.  I bought it in spike and thought I’d have beautifuly blooms right away.  Not so. The spike was  super long (3 feet or more) and required staking so I wrongfully thought it would be quick to bloom.  It took it’s sweet time producing buds and… Read more →

My latest orchid adoption.

Now in Bloom: BLC. Chia Lin x BLC. Crispin Rosales

I’m not sure why I tend to adopt orchids on the brink of death. Perhaps it’s because I figure that if they die, they were already knocking on death’s door. If I buy a new beautiful healthy plant and kill it, my fault. As I sat and studied my latest aquisition, a BLC. Chia Lin x BLC. Crispin Rosales, I… Read more →

Blc majestic light 'crown'

Now in Bloom: Blc. Majestic Light “Crown”

I had not given much thought to the world of the cattleya in the early days of my orchid obsession.  Then,  while perusing the greenhouse and chatting with Fantasy Orchid employee, Hannah, I was shown these amazingly fragrant big beautiful plants.  Apparently they tend to be an employee favorite and as Hannah explained, “They are always doing something.” To the… Read more →

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Healthy Baked Oatmeal

I finally got around to making my version of Angela Liddon’s Maple-Cinnamon Apple & Pear Baked Oatmeal.  The difference? Not as much measuring, I halved the recipe as I was only cooking for two and a few “cheap guy” improvisions. Here is my version. Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 apples, diced 2 teaspoons cinnamon… Read more →