I woke up early this morning and decided to work on my orchids. That whole shelf had picked up a powdery mildew -- ugly to look at, sticky and gross to touch. So I took 'em all down (two orchids and a little bamboo), repotted and pruned the phaelenopsis, washed everying, found a better-size cachepot for the cattleya, even fertilized (which I have never actually done for these poor orchids). It took about fifteen minutes, and the whole process was a pleasure -- sluicing warm water over the leaves to wash away the mildew, trimming the rotten roots, pulling away the sodden old spaghnum moss and replacing it with fresh orchid bark (which I hope the phaelenopsis likes just as well). Now they all look so much happier; maybe they'll actually bloom again someday.
orchids dressed in fresh bark
lone bamboo trimmed and watered
dawn rises, singing
...that haiku's for Vivek, who told me to write more poetry. :-)