Orchids June 2014

easy orchids

K…it’s time for a brief Q & A about our orchids. The number one question we’re asked: “Are orchids hard to grow?” The simple answer is: NO! Like any plant, in the right environment, orchids thrive. It’s just up to the gardener to choose the plants that will be happy in your home. And you…

orchids – May ’14

A note from God today “Whenever trouble comes, think of all that you are thankful for. Your thankful heart and praise remove mountains. Today I am thankful for our life, our home, our good health, our fur people and beauty. Thought I’d share some of our beauty with you all. With the sun pouring into…

orchids – April ’14

Moth Orchids These beauties have been in bloom since December! D bought a ‘green’ orchid, thinking it might be a rare bird. Turned out it was a ‘dyed’ bird. 🙂 Joke’s on him. But, a pure white phale has always been on our wish list, so…no harm done. When the green flowers were spent I…

july 2013 orchids

We think there are quite a few benefits to growing orchids. Common orchids are inexpensive. There is an endless variety of shapes and colors. As these beauties currently blooming in the porch prove Orchids brighten any space with distinctive and stylish elegance. They are easy to grow. All they require is a sunny spot and regular…

august orchids

My favorite orchid – that I lovingly call “tiny dancers” – came in from the greenhouse this morning. The Oncidium family is very large and includes many flower varieties. The most common flower variety is often referred to as the “dancing lady”. These Oncidium types have thin leaves, pseudobulbs, and branching sprays with flowers colored…

new phalaenopsis

Sometimes the things you wish for just fall perfectly into place.   Last month I wrote a memorial to my lost collection of phalaenopsis that succumbed to an infection of mealy bugs last winter. Earlier this week, while walking through the local home improvement store, we found this beauty!  We brought her home and added her to…

june orchids

Vandas bloom in the greenhouse…         “What? Orchids!  Orchids only!”   I love these guys. Just wish the plants weren’t quite so BIG.  Can’t bring them inside like we do with the smaller plants.  That means we have to enjoy the flowers by going to the greenhouse.  Oh well… they’re amazing anyway.  And the complimentary colors…

may orchids – two

The miniature Equitant Oncidiums originated in the Caribbean. These are great compact plants that are easy to grow for any beginner. These plants can often bloom more than once a year. Larger specimen plants or large collections of Equitants can provide some blooms most of the year round. Equitants come in many shades of colors…

in memorial

Commonly referred to as the “moth orchid”, Phalaenopsis are one of the longest blooming orchid genera producing flowers that last from 2 to 6 months before dropping. Phalaenopsis have also been known to bloom 2 to 3 times per year once they have reached a mature size. These photos are of my Phalaenopsis LAST season. …

may orchids

  The sun is pouring into the porch, lighting the old red Cattleyas and brightening my day. This is one of three huge plants, all children and grandchildren of the original orchid that survived our move to California in 1981.  It is SO hardy it’s difficult to believe! This winter it lived in the porch…last…

yellow april orchids

This charming little basket of yellow dendrobiums  finally came into its own this week.  I honestly have to say this is one my very favorite specimens from D’s orchid collection.  It is just so sunny and bright and cheerful! Nobile dendrobiums can be grown and flowered in the home or greenhouse. However, they have rather specific…