Saturday, January 01, 2011

Orchid Blooms For The New Year....

This week I got some new year's blooms on my large white Phalaenopsis orchid. I love this orchid, it is a reliable bloomer for me and will fill the next 3 months or so with these large, lovely white blooms.

Two newly opened blooms and one bud that is about to open.....8 buds altogether that will start the blooming process from the back, forward.

You may remember about 2 months ago or so, I started charting the progress of the spike growth. This is a photo of the spike when I first noticed it, about 1/2" tall.

The following week I could see significant growth.

The spike is starting to get quite large now and is a few inches tall.

As weeks go by, the spike is growing in leaps and bounds.

At this point the spike is so tall that it needs to be staked.

This large white orchid is an unbelievable 30" tall by this point and has 8 buds that are waiting to open. This is literally the only place in the house I can grow this plant for the time being. It is so tall and the flowers are so high, that it needs to be at just the right height to be able to admire them.

A 3rd bud waiting to open, 5 more still to bloom.

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and I wish you all a happy new year. For me, my vacation now ends and I'm back in the studio again to paint......and enjoy my orchid blooms along the way.

6 comments:

Gail McCormack said...

Happy New Year to you all Ruth!

I'm fascinated by the blooming process of your Orchid.

I've been studying the shadows and tones on white, just beautiful!

NeereAnDear said...

Ruth how absolutely stunning... I am having a grand time watching the progress of your orchid blooms...

You inspired me so much that I bought a couple for myself ... thought I would give it a try again ...
It is interesting watching them grow and the blooms are amazing... I am hoping they will do well in the window I have them in ... its bright and sunny but not overly so...

Thank you for this wonderful post about this process ...

Wishing you a happy new year... may we all have a properous and successful year...

LOTS OF HUGS.. JO

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my goodness ruth!
they are gorgeous!
happy happy new year!
xoxoxo
we love u!
m & e

Mary said...

Your orchids are exquisite! May you and yours have a fabulous 2011! I look forward to following your work!

Donna said...

What a beautiful sight to see! I love your orchids, Ruth!

Happy New Year to you!

Hugs,
Donna

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Ruth,

Thank you for sharing the progression of your beautiful Orchid plant - very interesting to watch the beauty unfold.
Wishing you a Happy New Year.
Blessings,
Erin