Thursday, October 28, 2010

Orchid Anticipations......

One of the most exciting things for me (and I would imagine every orchid owner) is seeing the above one day as you are tending to your plants.....a lovely spike. This means that in a month or so I will have some beautiful blooms from one of my favorite orchids, in fact, my largest orchid. This beautiful Phalaenopsis will be producing lots of large white blooms with yellow centers. A couple of days after taking this photo, I was checking my other orchids and noticed another spike peeking out. This will be a first time re-bloom for the smaller orchid and I think the blooms are yellow but cannot quite remember. I guess I will be surprised when the time comes.

I've got 15 orchids in my collection now and I have to say, at this time of they year and through the winter especially, they bring me a lot of joy.

These are all new Phalaenopsis orchids I've just added to my collection....I love this beauty because it looks like it was painted with a brush on the tips of the petals.

I've been wanting a red orchid and I do have a tiny one but as of yet, that little guy has not re-bloomed for me so I'll keep trying with that one but in the mean time, I picked up this large red/white Phalaenopsis that has such beautiful blooms.


The colors on my newest acquisition are so soft and pretty. I picked this Phal up at Home Depot believe it or not. I wasn't there looking for orchids but happened to see it and it was priced just right so I couldn't resist. Not my favorite place to buy orchids but on the other hand, if you catch the super stores when they first get a shipment of plants in, you can often get them for a great price and before the store employees have managed to neglect, damage or just plain kill them.

Will these 3 new additions re-bloom for me in upcoming years?? Well, that will be the test and only time will tell.
With the two spikes I have going at the moment, I thought it would be a lot of fun to catalog their growth and progress by taking photos of the spikes each week, going right through to the first bloom opening. In the future I'll be showing their progress with the beautiful blooms as the end result.

9 comments:

NeereAnDear said...

Such gorgeous orchids... the soft colors and the one that truly does look like it has been painted with a brush.... its gorgeous...

I think it will be fun to see the progress your blooms take through photos... how nice of you to include us in the adventure...

HUGS
JO

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are all beautiful! The only time I've seen anything like these are at the Biltmore Estate. They have an area in the Conservatory with just orchids...you would love it! Enjoy your afternoon! ♥

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Ruth,
Your orchid collection is the best I have seen. You really have some beautiful blooms. I love the one with the paint brush look on the petals. It will be great to watch the progress of the new stems.

So glad that your sweet Dudley is feeling better. I take my Miss B for her 6 month wellness check up tomorrow.
She is 6 years old now.

Have a great weekend.
Happy Painting,
Hugs, Celestina Marie

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

Oh my what beautiful orchids - the colors really look like they have been painted with a brush. How wonderful to have such beauty during the winter for inspirations for your art.
Have a wonderful day.
Blessings,
Erin
P.S. Bentley does a good job of keeping the critters away from my pumpkins - I think the squirrels are afraid of him.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my gosh ruth!
your orchids are truly amazing!
you make it look easy to grow them which it is not! :)
xoxoxo
m & e

Donna said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! I can't believe how easy it is for you to grow these lovely orchids, Ruth. I have tried with no success. Enjoy them!

Hugs,
Donna

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Ruth,
So nice to stop back by and view your gorgeous blooms. So beautiful!

Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment.
Have a great week and happy creating.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Ruth,
So nice to stop back by and view your gorgeous blooms. So beautiful!

Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment.
Have a great week and happy creating.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Suzanne said...

Your orchids are amazing Ruth! How lovely to be able to look at these everyday.