April Showers bring May Orchids…

April Showers bring May Orchids…

Spring is on its way and the flowers are blooming everywhere. The tulips and daffodils have opened (well, okay, not in my yard but in others….) It’s SO my favorite time of year! So why am I showing you another gallery of orchid flowers? Well, I don’t have many blooming outdoor flowers right now because of the damn bunnies. However, I do have lots of orchids indoors who are putting on a spectacular show of color. Almost all of the orchids you see above are second and more generation rebloomers. They love this time of year as much as I do. Ah, life is good when you have...

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Winter Orchids

Winter Orchids

I’ve been collecting and growing orchids for years now. The orchids I have the most luck with (re-blooming and thriving) are with phalaenopsis orchids. These are the most common type of orchids with thousands of different varieties. Fortunately I only have about 15 of them. One of my favorite things is to have an orchid re-bloom. a few of our orchids are now five or more years old. About once a year, the orchids will re-flower if their roots are healthy, the plant is happy and there is a certain amount of daylight vs. darkness. It’s like having a visit from an old friend. The orchids pictured above I received for my birthday this year except for the last two pictures. The half open flower with the yellow and red lines is a re-bloomer from last year....

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New orchids bring rich colors

New orchids bring rich colors

The new birthday orchids are settling in quite nicely. The diffused winter sun casted such a beautiful light into the living room this morning. The fuschia color of the small phalaenopsis orchid was stunning. Folks in Wisconsin, know that the winter sun is an elusive thing. So when it comes out, you take the time to enjoy...

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Beauty in bloom

Beauty in bloom

I need some color, some beauty, some joy. Orchids do that for me very well. I’m excited that several of the orchids I got for my birthday last year are reblooming – but not fast enough for my birthday on Sunday. Maybe someone (…todd) will take a hint and surprise me with something pretty to brighten my day. The orchid above bloomed from January to July last...

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Cypripedium acaule Aiton

Cypripedium acaule Aiton

Or better known as Pink lady’s slipper this is actually a North American orchid. We found this growing down on the shoreline at Beatons. As you know, I love orchids and finding one growing in its natural habitat is rewarding! I found a good description here RW: June 21 – an article on the Guardian, about Britain’s last lady...

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