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 … Continue reading easy orchids

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 … Continue reading july 2013 orchids

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 … Continue reading august orchids

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 … Continue reading new phalaenopsis

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 … Continue reading june orchids

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 … Continue reading may orchids – two

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.  … Continue reading in memorial

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 … Continue reading may orchids

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 … Continue reading yellow april orchids

april orchids

The rain has stopped...at last! And the sun is streaming through the front porch, encouraging the orchids to bloom, bloom, bloom.   These two mini phales are lovin' it. Plus, there are two baskets of  Nobile dendrobiums visiting from D's greenhouse this month; these snow white beauties with a deep purple throat and a solid yellow … Continue reading april orchids