How to water an orchid plant

Since orchids have a reputation for being persnickety and water is usually the main issue I thought I would throw out a few tips on watering your orchid to make it a bit easier. For more in-depth information visit the American Orchid Society.

Overwatering will kill your orchid much more surely than underwatering.

Bottom Line: When in doubt, dry it out.

Orchids like a drier soil than other plants so when in doubt, leave it dry. Too much water can cause the roots to rot which means the plant cannot suck up nourishment. There are 2 easy ways to check the soil to see if it is wet or not.

1). Pencil trick: prick a sharpened pencil into the soil and if the wood darkens it is wet enough.

2). Stick your finger in. If it feels wet, it is wet.

Water your plant in the morning so that it has time to fully evaporate throughout the day. It is best to water in the sink (for about 15 sec) and then allow the plant to fully drain. Orchids in standing water= bad news.

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Flower Astrology: Cancer Horoscope June 22-July 22

Zodiac Sign: Often considered the most emotional of the zodiac signs, it’s not surprising to find a bunch of incurable romantics among those born under the sign of Cancer. Some say that the Cancer’s personality can be boiled down to one word: sensitivity – and along with this comes a patient, sociable and loving disposition.

Birth Sign Flower: Let these generous spirits know how much you appreciate their compassion and thoughtfulness with a flower arrangement filled with delphinium – aptly named for their dolphin-shaped flowers (an appropriate match for this water sign). With symbolism tied to an open heart, ardent attachment and a feeling of lightness and levity, delphinium will appeal to the Cancer’s sensitivity and romanticism.

Shirley featured on CNN Money

CNN Money ran a Father’s Day article on business owners who have been inspired by their fathers. Shirley (and her father Cal Husbands) were featured along with 4 other father-daughter duos.

Click here to read the full article…

Cal is also my grandfather and is truly inspiring. He passed his passion for innovation and business savvy to my mom, Shirley, who is doing her best to instill them in me. I can only hope to be 1/2 the business woman she is.

Cal Husbands with children (L to R) Shirley, Sue, Greg and Shonna (not pictured)

Hamer Wedding: White & Green

Congratulations to Sam and Chloe who are getting married today! I just returned from delivering their flowers to the Country Inn. The weather today is perfect: still a bit overcast but the sun is peeking through.

Everyone at the shop loved the bouquet that Chloe chose for us to create- it is green cymbidium orchids surrounded by a few Polar Star roses and white miniature calla lilies. Congratulations!!



Graduation is upon us and many graduates (both high school and college) are adorned with leis during the ceremony and parties that follow. Why are leis worn for graduation?? The lei tradition clearly comes from Hawaii (who borrowed it from the Polynesians) who wear them for both daily use and for special occasions.

Here on the mainland we see leis at graduations because it is obviously a time to celebrate. Personally, I think any excuse to wear a fresh floral lei is fantastic! Some graduates order leis for themselves but they are often given as gifts by friends and relatives. Sometimes a person receives so many they can hardly see (see picture above!!).

The correct way to wear your lei is draped around your neck and hanging equally off the front and back of your shoulders. However you wear it, enjoy the celebration! Ho’omaika’i ‘Ana (Congratulations!)


Stutler Wedding

These wedding flowers for Alison Stutler’s wedding this past weekend were country-chic and I was very happy with how they turned out for my bride. They were going for an earthy-country feel… How’d I do??

Congratulations to the bride and groom!! Already prepping for the next set of weddings this weekend…