This has been a banner year for my orchids. I now have seven of them- I had four, and in the last few months, Gracie and Tom added three more to the collection.
They usually bloom in spring/early summer, but this year every single one of them came into bloom at the same time. It’s crazy and beautiful and a little unreal- even though I’ve had my oldest orchid for about eleven years, every time they bloom I still can’t believe they are real. They are just *so* beautiful, and they last so long, and they require so little care. It’s unfathomable to me that every household doesn’t have one.
At this moment, we have six orchids in the kitchen, one in my art studio, and one outside (which has some ants on it, so we let the lizards deal with that…)
This is my newest orchid- when Tom and Gracie were at Lowe’s to run an errand, they picked this orchid up for me as a little surprise. I love the colors.
My bean orchid from last year. Its blooms lasted months and months and months and it rebounded so quickly.
This one Gracie got me for Valentine’s Day. She chose it because it was fully in bloom, and the flowers are HUGE. The lady at the shop warned her that because all the flowers were open already, it might not last long, but Gracie had her mind made up. Two months later, it looks exactly as it did the day I got it. (Yes, I double checked that it was real!)
I *think* this is my oldest orchid- eleven years old. It went dormant for a large part of that because I had it in a crummy pot and had no idea what I was doing, so I basically ignored it. When I finally got my gardening thing going, I started paying attention to it and it came back.
This year it had multiple stalks/spikes, about four, which is the most I’ve ever gotten on an orchid.
This guy had three spikes. The flowers are so delicate and beautiful.
It’s funny, because when I’m at the nursery or the home improvement store, I run to look at the more unusual plants, and the hibiscus. I only look at the orchids when I’m on my way out. But they are one of my favorite plants, and they seem to really like whatever it is about our particular environment and location. I should start paying more attention to them when I am out (they are EVERYWHERE- the grocery store, Trader Joe’s, hardware store, etc.) , but I think I’d wind up with hundreds…