03 March 2011

Blooming Good Times!

What a delightful surprise. I've had a couple of orchids from a few years ago, and wasn't sure what to do with them after the blooms were spent. So I kept them. After two years, I suddenly have new flower stalks and blooms. Here's the oldest plant today:

I've done nothing special except give them three ice cubes every Saturday after tea. In fact, the Phalaenopsis orchid is now dubbed "the ice cube plant" when it's sold anywhere and everywhere including discount stores for as little as $9.99. It's a bargain because the bloom season is 3-4 months on one stalk. I love them for their elegance. Here's more information about growing and caring for them. The picture below is when she had several stalks all blooming at once. Simply glorious!

It's nice to have this touch of Spring since the temperatures have dropped from 50 to 25 and we're expecting cold rain turning into snow tomorrow. Gack - I am so ready for winter to be over!


Judy Whelley said...

Gorgeous! I loved the second photo; it has so much of you... the cozied tea pot, the flowers, the stained glass. A window onto Dani!

Lee Ambrose said...

Dani - these are beautiful! I used to have quite a few orchids when I lived in Florida. It never ceased to amaze me how little attention they required and how much beauty the gave in return. These photos make me want to start another collection of them! Hmmmmm Orchids and African Violets... my kind of indoor gardening!

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