Digital giveth and digital taketh away. The fact that the project took an entire year is understandable as the photographs and wealth of knowledge shared are superb. As a beginner myself I have gleaned much helpful information, and as you surely know what a bit of knowledge leads to - a search for more, and I am reading all I can in Maura's books, and on the internet. In both I find something useful although in most it's as though I am panning for gold, sifting though the obviously misleading, and trivial trying to find that nugget of helpful information.
I don't have 40 years worth of photographs as I have only been shooting for about 37 years and much of my earlier material wasn't worth saving. As the years went by I became more adept with my manual Nikon, the trusty old FM 2. I have completely lost all of my slide work, some of which documented the wild flowers that grow in the southeastern US. Those are not the only things I lost when over a period of two years, I changed households at least twice. C'est la vie.
Thank you for the time you have taken to share you wisdom and knowledge that you have gained over the years growing orchids as well as the photographs that you let us see. I have enjoyed and learned at the same time. I find that those two things don't always go together, but when they do, it is very much worth the time spent.