My name is Karma. I am a self-proclaimed orchid nerd and a burgeoning hiking enthusiast from Sweden. I have been the editor and art director for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine and I have written articles for the American Orchid Society bulletin as well as held lectures on orchid culture. I have also been running this orchid blog since 2008. My orchids and garden have been great healers for me during the past few years, but being out surrounded by nature has become an amplifier to this, so I also like to hike. Nature heals, they say. I think it is true, at least for me.  (more about me…)

I have not singled out one specific genus to grow, but I have at least narrowed it down to a few areas of interest. My favorites are pleurothallids, but that said, a Paphiopedilum was the first orchid I ever fell in love with so this elegant genus and its close cousins, Phragmipedium and Cypripedium, will always be close to my heart. While we are on the subject I might as well disclose a love affair with Neofinetia as well, intriguing scent as well as beauty, what´s not to like.
The past few years have been a bit difficult due to a series of events in my life. One huge step on the journey of finding myself again has been a return to nature. It all started with this crazy idea to do a pilgrimage to the rainforests of Costa Rica looking for orchids and then I just kept on going. Since having my head stuck in a screen while out would somewhat defeat the purpose I will rarely blog from a hike live, but I will summarize upon returning to civilization and stream select photos from Instagram live instead—when and if there is access to wifi.

Orchid blog

  • Paphiopedilum Leeanum

Paphiopedilum Leeanum

November 15th, 2015|4 Comments

The slipper parade continues, it is Paphiopedilum season after all. Let me present Paphiopedilum Leeanum, a lovely primary hybrid with Paphiopedilum insigne as the seed parent and Paphiopedilum spicerianum as the pollen contributor. It is an old classic as far as hybrids [...]

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Paphiopedilum appletonianum

October 27th, 2015|4 Comments

Paphiopedilum appletonianum is a personal favorite in my collection. I know I say this every year, but everytime it blooms I feel this way so it must be true then. Not only do I like [...]

  • Paphiopedilum purpuratum

Paphiopedilum purpuratum

October 16th, 2015|0 Comments

This stunning species hail from southeastern China and Vietnam where it grows at elevations of 500-1400 meters. It is a small and fairly easy going species. It does not require a whole lot of light and can [...]

Hiking blog

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Costa Rica packing list

October 20th, 2015|15 Comments

Time is flying by at light speed and the departure date for Costa Rica is fast approaching (November 28). This means it is time to start firming up a reasonable packing list. Normally I am quite [...]

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Weekend hike on Vättlefjäll

October 14th, 2015|6 Comments

WHERE: Vättlefjäll - Västra Götaland, Sweden. OBJECTIVE: Disconnect from everything and recharge plus test out some new gear. DISTANCE: The amount of miles hiked - secondary. We have enjoyed a wonderfully mild and sunny fall [...]

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Preparations for an orchid rainforest expedition

October 7th, 2015|8 Comments

Hiking the mountain rainforests of Costa Rica is going to be a lot of fun! But it is going to be a whole lot more fun with the proper gear and with the right preparations, and [...]