Sunday, December 20, 2009

Indoor Gardens And A Lucky Giveaway Winner

When it's cold outside there is no better time to enjoy my inside garden. My Orchid garden keeps me happy and inspired all throughout the winter and seems to make the time between winter and spring pass more quickly.

Thanksgiving weekend we journed to Parkside Orhids in PA, my very favorite place to buy plants and I purchased the sweet yellow Phalaenopsis above to add to my collection.

I also purchased this lovely yellow/purple Cattleya. I had thought it would be white and purple but to my surprise, when it opened, the blooms were a yellow/purple. Yes, I did read the info on the card, this Orhid was also sitting with all the white and purple orchids that I loved....the name was the same but the colors weren't. While I did mean to pick the white Cattleya that day (I was in a white mood I suppose) I'm perfectly thrilled with this beautiful Orchid. It made for quite a nice surprise.

Now that this beauty went out of bloom it is time to repot this very large Orchid, it is quite root bound in it's current plastic pot.

I also purchased this lovely small white Cattleya which is not only beautiful but very fragrant as well. Parkside Orchids is a wonderful place to shop for plants....I always have great luck with each purchase I make there.

A sunny dining room window where some of my Orchids grow on their humidity trays. I also had a happy surprise this week, I just discovered my Phalaenopsis on the far right hand side in this photo, is spiking. In a couple of months I should have some large pink/purple flowers on it to show you.

Something I've been wanting for a long time, a grow stand for my dining room. It took so long, searching on line for weeks, to find one that was a nice piece of furniture as well as offering me ample room for plants. This is my Christmas present....I got it in October, I wanted to get an early start I guess.

I was on my way to the recylcling bin last week and couldn't believe my eyes, a rogue Black Eyed Susan was blooming in my sleeping perennial garden. This was a first for me, a bloom among the snow and ice. I had to run out with the camera and take a photo.

Last week I was thrilled to find out I was the winner of a giveaway held by my artist friend Catherine Holman. I got to pick the print that I wanted from her ETSY shop and I couldn't resist this summer print, I think it is just beautiful. Thanks so much Catherine, I cannot wait to get a frame for it. Catherine is a wonderful and talented folk artist and you can visit her at: to see her beautiful creations.


NeereAnDear said...

Hi Ruth,

I so love to see your posts about your Orchids.... I guess they bring a bit of spring my way also... and they are stunning!!

Wanted to stop by and wish you and Chris a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year... hope its filled with loads of joy..

And your print from Catherine ... gorgeous...lucky you!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ruth,
I love your beautiful flower pics. What gorgeous blooms and the sweet black eyed susan peeking out from the snow in a wonderful surprise.

You sure have a great Christmas gift with the plant grow stand in your dining room.

Congrats on the win from Catherine Holman. Love what you picked too.

Have a wonderful holiday and all the best in the new year. Thank you for all your past visits this year and I look forward to continued fun and friendship in 2010.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

What a lovely post - your orchids are so beautiful and inspirational during the cold winter months.
The folk art painting that Catherine painted is wonderful - love the clothes line and happy yellow house.
Wishing you and your family and pups a Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year.

Catherine Holman said...

Your orchids are beautiful! I'm so glad that your print arrived safe and sound. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.

Bevie said...

Your orchids are awesome, and I have to admit I've never purchased one for myself. I will now that I've seen yours, and pray I have the right thumb to keep them alive!!! hehehe!! Catherine's print is her work too. Merry Christmas dear and thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Ruth,
Your Orchids are just gorgeous.
Great painting in the making!
Oh, wow, a winner of such a great prize. Enjoy.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Ruth

I love your Orchids - gorgeous soft green colours!

Love your giveaway prize - it's delightful

Merry Christmas to you and your family Ruth from me down here

xo Gail

Barbara Jacksier said...

Your orchids are gorgeous. I have only two but they bring me lots of joy -- and compliments, too.

Happiest of Holidays

Suzanne said...

The orchids are so pretty! Congrats on winning a beautiful print from Catherine...and early Christmas gift for sure!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

Merry Merry Christmas Ruth and family!

Have a wonderful day!

m & e

Naturegirl said...

Ruth I love your collection of exquisette orchids but I especially LoVe the plant stand w/ light...that's just the thing we are looking for ...our cacti collection that we overwinter indoors needs the light!
Lovely puzzle piece pendants...very creative as are all that you do! love and light aNNa xo

Ruth Welter said...

You can get these plant stand at