A Midwinter Splash of Color

Every time I make the rounds to water the plants, I see another interesting one to tell you about -- and in winter, no less!

This week, it's the Columnea Nematanthus, better known as a Flying Goldfish plant because of the unique shape of its flowers.

Happy Bloomin' New Year!


It always amazes me when, in the dead of winter, I get flowers to bloom in my Idaho office – particularly when they are miniature orchids.

It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the blooms on both of these healthy little plants aren’t even the size of a fingernail.

The pink one is an Oncidium Twinkle Pinkie – a goofy name, but it fits the plant, which is cute and slightly fragrant.

Paring It Down


If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know I’m a fan of brevity. For me, years of writing for daily news consumption have made this second nature.

When I train reporters, I ask them to start each story by making the point of that story in a single sentence. In news, with few exceptions, every second or column inch counts. The listener or reader expects you to get to the point.

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