Tag: orchids

orchids ’21

There has been a greenhouse in Mr. L’s garden every place we’ve ever lived. And, in that greenhouse there are always orchids of one variety or another. Right now he has several rather spectacular specimens I’d like to feature here:

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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…

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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…

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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…

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june orchids

I love these guys. Yes..the grower too. 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 (orange and purple) make a study any…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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