Bloom Day – From Cleveland H&G Show

I woke on this Bloom Day in February to find that my heater had turned off during the night in the greenhouse.  The temperature outside was a crisp 2*F and the greenhouse was at  25*F  when I awoke at 7 am.  Not to panic because from the looks of the house so far nothing major is seriously damaged.  The new little basil starters that were struggling along got their final zap. I have learned not to start new  basil seeds until later in the year because they truly like to grow in the heat of the sun.   This has all been a wonderful leaning experience.  I have learned that ‘maybe’ I might want to look a little more serious at the thermometer with an alarm that will go off when it reaches the ‘danger’ zone in the greenhouse.  Everything was normal when I went to sleep with the temperature at 45*F.

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Bloom Day from The Great Big Cleveland Home & Garden Show:

I am going to share these wonderful orchids that were on display in Cleveland yesterday from the Master Gardeners Club out of Cuyahoga County / Ohio.   The lighting was difficult to work with at the show to take images of the blooms.  I don’t think my images capture their true beauty due to the indoor lighting.  The show was magnificently lite for the landscape design.

I have been wanting to try and orchid in my home and these images truly inspire.

Enjoy your Bloom Day and be sure to stop by Carols blog at May Dreams Gardens.  Thank you for hosting this fun event Carol! This is a wonderful way to connect with other gardeners and see what blooms they are enjoying this time of the year.

10 thoughts on “Bloom Day – From Cleveland H&G Show

  1. Bren the miltonias in this photo are wonderful – I too have found that Basil is so tempermental and its best to start it later in the season. We don’t have a greenhouse but we still have a little alarm system to let us know when the temperature gets below freezing – its handy for me in late spring when I am hardening off my seedlings.

    1. This is really good advice… thank you! YES, I last checked on the tempature at bedtime ( 10 am.) and by sunrise ( 7 am) the next morning the damage had been done. My engineer hubby is working on another solution as well and I will keep you posted on my blog with updates! THANK YOU for helping me with my new blog set up. You were the only one to tell me that my ‘comment’ setting needed updated. 43 people had viewed the page yesterday. THANK YOU dear!

  2. Ahh, did you do something to fix this, Bren? I had tried unsuccessfully to comment when you first posted this…I think I left a relevent comment on your FB page about it…I enjoyed it and could see you had a wonderful visit;-) Did you get my FB message the other day, telling you that I couldn’t leave you a comment?

    1. I am very sorry for any confusion on the weekend with my posting / comment option. I installed a new spam block on WordPress and accidentally shut off my comments. THANK YOU for returning. ON A BRIGHTER NOTE : I have ZERO spam – day 4!

  3. Loved your orchid photos from the show. All those jewel tones are yummy! I, too, struggled with lighting issues when photographing the show in Seattle a couple weeks ago. Everything seemed so dark! Of course operator error might have been part of the reason….

    Christine in Alaska

    1. Christine – the best results in I experience in this ‘landscape’ display friendly indoor lighting is to use a large flash pointed UP. DO NOT let the flash go off directly at the bloom. ALSO use a 50mm lens. It can be so frustrating so be sure to take a few shots that you can work with once you get back to your desktop. There are always ‘curve’ and ‘exposure’ settings you can play with on Photoshop to enhance the photo. I hope this helps a little. THANK YOU for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Your greenhouse disaster hit home for me. I lost the heat in my greenhouse last Februaryc too, and by the time I noticed it, a pipe had burst. That meant several days without water and heat. For me it was heart wrenching because of many of the plants that I lost. I never did put in an alarm system like I should have. I still don’t have one. Do you have one set up?

    1. Great to meet you Ellen! I have a water line that connects to the greenhouse but we do not use it during the winter. My house is 10’x12′ and about 50 yards from a water source that is functional year round. I make it a habit to carry a 5 gallon bucket of water to the house each day. I also have a huge rain barrel that sits on my greenhouse that is filled. That barrel helps hold heat in the greenhouse and I can use if for watering if the 5 gallon bucket isn’t enough.

      I do have an alarm system in my greenhouse that connects to my office this year. I would STRONGLY recommend that if you don’t have a back up heat source you can rely on. ALL THE THINGS we learn by living right? I can’t tell you how excited I am to meet another gardener who grows in a greenhouse! I hope we can stay in touch. I have a new site that will be launched soon at Please book mark it so you can join in the greenhouse growing networking fun!

      1. Bren,
        I’ve already bookmarked you! My greenhouse is 12’x 15′. It was built by breaking through the outer wall of my living room and a door to the greenhouse was made there. There is a door to the outside at the other end. I have a continuous feed (fertilizer injection) irrigation system (?) with drip tubes spaced every (?) 2 1/2′ which I can set to water on a schedule. I have MS and retired in “94. We built the greenhouse in ’95 so that I would never have to worry about watering my plants if I was unable to do so.. I also needed additional growing space in my house.
        My heating system is a built-in system (gas). I have an evaporative cooler for the summer. It faces East/North/West.
        I also had a major disaster in 2004. I lost heat for 4 days when it was 14° outside. At that time I kept a few frogs in the greenhouse for slugs.Needless to say, I lost a lot of plants. This time I lost heirloom plants, 25-year-old plants, specimen plants. I was so upset I couldn’t get myself to go to the greenhouse for six weeks.
        I use the greenhouse to grow orchids/tropicals/ornamentals
        Nice to meet you :).

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