Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Non Fiber Post

I miss spring. I miss warm weather and sunshine. I miss my garden and its many wonders which change through 3 seasons a year. Here are some photos of some indoor blooming which I am pretty proud of.

First is an Orchid I purchased at Costco 4 years ago and I have been able to keep it alive and blooming a couple of times a year since then. It is such a lovely shade of fuschia which makes me happy to see in the sunshine of my bay window.
When I purchased it, there were 3 stems blooming and in the subsequent years I have had as many as 7 stems with about 40 blooms on it at a time. It is grossly potbound and now there is only one stem blooming and new flower bud growth on 2 other stems. I am afraid to repot it....I don't want to stress it or kill it. It has been a faithful friend for a long time. I might just wait until this round of blooms is done to try it, but I will have to shop for just the right orchid pot that is only about 2 inches wider in diameter than the 6" pot it is in now. I think I will start looking now to be ready after the last bloom of this cycle drops, which should be in March or April at this rate.
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This is an orchid in a 4" pot that I purchased around Thanksgiving at a really good price at the local supermarket. I was feeling pretty down at this particular holiday, because it is just not the same preparing such a feast for only a few people. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday to cook for because I have a set menu and my turkey stuffing rocks. But without my Dad and with the kids not home, it is difficult enough at holiday times and it is hard to set a festive table for three people when the table is rectangular. Luckily a friend joined us for the fourth. I saved so much money on the turkey this year that I sprung for this orchid which is creamy yellow and pink. What pleases me is that even though it has dropped one blossom since I brought it home, it is happy on my kitchen table and is starting to grow some new buds!!! See them???

At least I have some color inside the house when the outside view out my front door looks like a glacier (north facing) and brown grass.

7 comments:

Sonia said...

Your orchids are lovely! They cheered me up this morning, too.
I have one in the same color as your second photo that I bought at Ikea last summer. Its blooms lasted a long time, but there are no signs of it blooming again any time soon. Any advice? Do you cut down the old stalks? I left them there, unsure...

cici said...

I have loved orchids for a long time. It is such a rewarding flower and really not that hard to take care of.. I love how long the blooms last. Thanks for posting about them. I found you from another blog and glad I did.

Sinje Ollen said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I love orchids, but can never seem to figure out how to make them bloom again. I'll follow you so I can learn more about it! :-)

Iron Needles said...

How do you get them to rebloom? I have 2 and can't get them to do their thing again.

And I, too, am over January.

Timiae said...

Those are gorgeous... Orchids are so pretty.

Carolina said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! I am so jealous of your orchids! Maybe when I live in a sunnier place, I'll get one myself. :)

photoknitdog said...

The above comment was mine... I used the wrong account... sorry!