Hi there, my name is Mariel. I've been collecting and growing orchids in Montana for about 3 years now, with a little bit of everything in the collection so far. Mostly phals along with cattleya, cymbidium, zygopetalum, militoniopsis, and one stubborn paph. I grow all of my orchids in a semi-hydroponic system and have so far had good success. I'd love to hear others experience with the semi-hydro as well as maybe some tactics for overcoming growing tropical plants in such a cold, dry environment! (I can't water my orchids reliably every day with my job, I'm gone for weeks at a time without much notice). Other unrelated orchid things: I love to create. Sometimes that's painting, sometimes its quilting, other times its rearranging the house furniture. Oh, and i have 3 fish (Archimedes and Luna, goldfish; and Mufasa, a beta) whom are very helpful in the orchid care department. Anyway, that's all for now. I'm excited to meet some equally obsessed orchid growers! We are few and far between up here!