March is finally here … which means spring is just around the corner, as is the best college basketball of the season. The NCAA tournament kicks off on Thursday, March 20, coinciding with the 2014 spring equinox. Anyway, I chose this bright orange orchid as a nod to my Oklahoma State Cowboys, which managed to finish strong and “sneak” in as a 10 seed.
By Clint Zavodny
“Adaptation” is a movie based on the book “The Orchid Thief” … or rather, it’s a movie about a movie writer – Charlie Kaufman – trying to adapt this particular book into a screenplay.
Even though the movie does not follow the book, uh, “by the book” as one might say – the brilliance of “Adaptation” is how the movie ultimately parallels the “The Orchid Thief” perfectly.
Jurahame Leyva, who specialized in Lady Slippers, will discuss his novel approach to growing at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on March 12 in Honalo.
Leyva grew up in Volcano and Kurtistown and graduated from Keaau High School in 2011. He is studying both tropical horticulture and astronomy at the University of Hilo and plans to graduate in 2015. The recipient of a scholarship from the Hilo Orchid society, Leyva has grown orchids for many years and has been involved in the society for 10 years.
Ingredients 1 to 2 lbs cooked, cubed chicken breast (Kirkland Grilled Chicken Breast Strips, found in chilled section, work well if you’re in a rush) ¼ c. RAW cashews 2 scallions (green onions), chopped, white and some of green ½ …
The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club set a record for shortest business meeting of all time in February. True to the agenda, there was no new business, no old business, and by 7:05 the food was coming out.
There were a few things to keep in mind from February, however. Membership dues are past due, so everyone should be sure and pay their group leader at the next meeting if you have not done so already.
Remember the orchid grotto? Yeah, it’s still there, and it’s still as vibrant as ever. Big mahalos to Joyce Hancock, who took this picture of the grotto earlier in the month.
“The miltonia is just growing amazingly well in the ground,” Joyce said. “Look at those three flowering spikes. I also planted some of mine that were struggling in the ground and they have actually perked up!”
By Courtney Barnes
The Wall Street Journal
Each year, around this time, orchids have a moment. Botanical gardens from New York to Atlanta to London fill their glass houses with exotically speckled and striated blooms that ignore unpleasant realities such as polar vortexes, and blithely evoke tropical climes. These annual displays offer winter-weary visitors a chance to see the sort of opulent species that rarely show up at their local nurseries.
In Victorian England, however, when plant hunters first brought orchids back from South America or Asia, any variety was literally an otherworldly sight—and dangerously out of its element.