Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Orchid Progress......

When I posted about a month ago, I promised to show the progress of some of my orchids that are in the process of spiking at the moment. I thought it would be a lot of fun to follow them with photos from the beginning stages of the spike, to bud development and finally blooms. Since I last posted about my collection, I noticed that I now have a total of 5 Phalaenopsis orchids in spike, to an orchid grower, this has to be like wining the lottery. Today though, I'm focusing on the progress of my large white Phalaenopsis that you can see above. Nope, it isn't blooming yet but this is what it will look like when it does bloom in the upcoming weeks.

I've tried to be very faithful about taking photos of the spikes' progress and was able to remember to get the camera out at least once a week. So the above photo was taken about a month ago when the spike first started.

In a weeks time you can see quite a bit of growth progress was made.

The week after that.......

and finally, the week after that. At this point the spike is getting so large I will need to stake it soon.

This is the spike as it is today, a very large 16" tall and it has been secured by a stake and some of my dragonfly clips. So in about a months time, the orchid spike has grown quite large. Good things always come to those who wait, this is so true with orchids!!!

Over the next few weeks the formation of the buds will start and I will follow them through formation and finally blooming until they look something like the photo above, my blooms from last year.
Happy Thanksgiving holiday to everyone.


NeereAnDear said...

How utterly fascinating to see the progress of the spikes... I am amazed at how large it got in such a short time... what fun this is ...

Cant wait to see the bud progressions once it starts... thanks for sharing

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving ...


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your orchids are glorious! It makes my 'fake' white orchid look pitiful! They are the most unique flower and you have a green thumb to grow them! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your special day! ♥

Catherine Holman said...

What beautiful orchids! Happy Thanksgiving Ruth to you and your family!

Abby Creek Art said...

Wow...that orchid is almost a spiritual experience!:)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Ruth. xox

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Ruth, You certainly have a talent for growing these beauties. They are simply gorgeous and how wonderful to enjoy as the weather turns cold.

Thank you for stopping by and best wishes to you and your hubby for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

Donna said...

How exciting to watch the beauty in progress. Your orchids are fabulous, Ruth!


The Rose Room said...

Absolutely divine Ruth, would imagine a painting coming...:) Rachaelxo

A wildlife gardener said...


Thank you for visiting Our Little Corner Of Paradise this year. Just popped by during the run up to Christmas to wish you all the best, and happy days with your beautiful artwork in 2011…WG J