Updated 17 August, 2010
I should get around to updating things more often than once every two years, but- hey. Every time I fire up NetObjects Fusion, I am filled with this fear that everything will get lost or destroyed- and my
concerns have been borne out once again with the whole sales section missing. I’ll find it eventually.
The big news: we’re dropping Western media. Not that we don’t like them, but the logistics of purchasing from Australia- particularly with my nasty tendencies towards procrastination- just
aren’t working out. I recommend purchasing directly from Kevin and company.
Other’n that, we’re just pushing on through summer, trying to keep cool and make it into another delightful winter here in the Valley.
As always, feel free to write. Thanks!
Updated 15 September, 2008
Yeah, it’s been a while since I updated things- but I have a great excuse: I was sick for most of 2007. The good news is that “incurable” diseases aren’t so incurable after all.
In other news, the economy is in the toilet. We continue to crank out flasks, although I’ve backed off on tubes as orchids don’t seem to grow well in 1” diameter tubes. I await the arrival of a
container for growing orchids that is bigger than 1” and smaller than baby food jars. If I’m lucky, it won’t be plastic and the caps will last forever, unlike PM Caps, which they don’t
make anymore. (And unlike Magenta caps, which are simply horribly-designed).
Right now, we’re just hunkering down for winter- lots of seed orders are coming in, and I’m busy working on another couple of books. With any luck, there’ll be an October (or November... or
December...) surprise in the making. But don’t hold your breath.
In other news, the phone number has been taken off the website. In the past week, I’ve received two phone calls from ad agencies for a client that wants to send something “exotic” out as seeds
in packets. Of course, they chose orchids, not realizing that 99.8% of their clients would be unable or unwilling to grow them. A third person called wanting to buy “orchid seeds without chemicals,”
thinking they’d make their first million selling orchid-petal tea or somesuch, made from dendrobiums. The clincher was a 7 AM phone call from someone who wanted to buy “orchid bulbs.”
No, we don’t take orders by phone. We have no merchant account, so it’s all through PayPal, meaning I’d just have to take your order online anyway. Or I’d have to take check/money order,
which means it’d just be faster for customers to get the address off the website. And so on.
Really- I have the best customers anyone could ever hope for. But there’s that 0.01% that wants me to FAX them orchid seeds (yes, really), or challenges their $18 PayPal payment because they ignored every
bit of warning on the website that says you can’t plant orchid seeds on dirt, or wants to send back a $120 order because they didn’t know they needed sterile flasks. (The last one I just said to keep
the seeds, and refunded their order. Then I put a notice on the seed page that if you order orchid seeds, you darned well better know what you’re getting into.)
Just waiting for winter to come,