Monday, October 19, 2009

12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaway #4!

This week's giveaway is brought to you by

Here's what Julia, owner of Sapphire Child Orchids, has to tell us about her business and the plants she loves.

"I am a grower and breeder of orchids, working with Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum, and Dendrobium species and hybrids, although I grow a variety of other orchids and interesting non-orchid plants as well. On my blog you can follow plants in bloom as well as read how-to articles on growing orchids. Like any good geek, I love to share my enjoyment of plants and am happy to answer questions. I'd like people to know that orchids aren't as difficult as people say - just a little different. And with 30,000 species worldwide and untold numbers of hybrids, I'm sure we can find the plant that's right for your window!

Some key articles to get you started:
An Introduction to Orchids as Houseplants

How to:
Basic Phalaenopsis Culture

How to:
(note: this article uses a Paph as example. The basic idea is the same for most orchids, though most others will have smooth and silvery or green roots or with green or burgundy tips)

My breeding efforts are still relatively new, and tend toward the unusual, striving for characteristics such as compact size, fragrance, unusual foliage or interesting color patterns in the flowers."

Up for giveaway this week is a $10 gift certificate towards a purchase at Sapphire Child - use it for yourself, or gift it to a friend!

Leave a comment below about your favorite Sapphire Child Orchids product (don't forget to leave your email address in your first comment!). And of course, you can earn more entries by leaving a link to places you've made a shout out about this giveaway - Twitter, Facebook, blog, networking sites, etc. The more shout outs, the more entries!

This giveaway will be open from today through 11:59pm Saturday, 10/24/09. The winner will be announced here on the blog on Sunday, 10/25/09.

Good luck! Amy


Sarah Knight said...

I love orchids; I'm a black-thumb with plants, but I love looking at other people's stuff... and I love flowers!

stunning : )

Abigail said...

I love the Blooming Size Orchid Plant - Phal. Quevado x Newberry Bouquet. The colors would look great in my office!

abigail.lee {at}

Jennifer said...

My favorite thing I have purchased... so hard to pick. I would have to pick two: Tah (the green lizzard and the one of a kind baby blanket.
Jennifer O'Dell

Penelope Designs said...

Since I am a crazed knitter, I am going to have to go with the black merino yarn!

Floyd said...

If there's one thing in the world that I like, it's the Paphiopedilum Annabellchen, delenatii cross, blooming size.

Maggie Sue Designs said...

My favorite is the Dend rigidum - Mini Orchid Species - Blooming Size.
Thanks for offering this generous giveaway!

Aik said...

I love the Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium - Division.

aikhychien at yahoo dot com

Lauren said...

The Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium is gorgeous, and definitely my favorite :)

Mary Ellen said...

Who doesn't like live flowers? But the Dend Lawesii is stunning. I just think Julia deserves props for being able to raise all this beautiful stuff simultaneously. Great site.
Mary Ellen

david.odell said...

All of your Orchids are lovely.
My favorites are the Fire Magic and the June Bug.