Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis OrchidsThis one's for you Blondie . . . I know these aren't unusual orchids, you see phalaenopses (moth orchids) everywhere and I've put up a few pictures of my orchids in bloom but that pink one I've had for five years now and it's only bloomed one other time. For five years I've been coaxing that thing into bloom and now, it's finally happened. I repotted it this spring and it shot up a new leaf and a flower spike almost immediately. A good thing too, I had decided to chuck it if it didn't bloom this summer. Life's too short to go waiting five years for a blossom--but that pink was worth the wait.

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24 comments:

FRIGGA said...

Very pretty - but 5 years!!! I wouldn't have been so patient ;-)

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Wow - 5 years?! It is beautiful though... Happy WW! :)

Shalee said...

I think it should be renamed to "Uterus" since that's the first thing I thought of when I saw it...

But it is a beautiful bloom! (And I'm pretty sure that if the plant were mine, it never would have bloomed. Plants of any kind don't have a year life, much less a five year life with me around...)

Joyismygoal said...

It may not be unusual but it is beautiful Its so good we have photos to capture those rare moments How did it smell?

Joyful Days said...

I love orchids! Those are great.

tegdirb92 said...

wow, absolutely stunning color!

Tea Party Girl said...

I would love to hear more about gardening through an Alaskan winter. As a Californian myself, I find anyone surviving such a winter positively curious. Glad orchids and a winter bazaar might get you through. What else does?

grace said...

It was worth all the wait! My mother used to grow orchids and her patience for them is beyond our comprehension.

Nice photo.

allrileyedup said...

Goodness, that's beautiful. Life's never too short for such a vision...

my4kids said...

That is pretty! I don't have patience at all I don't think I'd have given it 5 years. Of course I have black thumb anyway and would have assumed I killed it!

Chris said...

Wow, beautiful!

Lynn / vigilant20 said...

Very pretty...what a long wait though!

Dedee said...

It's beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Five years?!You are a model of patience!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Is that a little hair clip holding it to the support stick? If so, what a brilliant idea. You are so much more patient than I am and you totally deserve to have pink blooms like that more often.

SabineM said...

what is the opposite of GREEN thumb? well that is ME! I have one of these gorgeous Phalaenopsis. I got it in bloom. Now it has lost its flower? what do I do now??

Heffalump said...

I can't seem to grow much of anything except for spider plants, and of course, mold.
I would love to grow some nice flowers, even if it took five years.

Patois said...

Your talent in all areas just boggles my mind! Beautiful flower. Beautiful photo.

Thea said...

5 years?? You must have infinite patience! I'm not a big flower person, but that's breathtaking.

...but 5 years?

Jackie said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love flowers.

Happy WW :)

Daisy said...

gorgeous! My daughter brought one home last summer, and she is so proud of it. Orchids in the northwoods? Wow.

JAM said...

Beautiful. Nice photo too.

To me, orchids look like creatures. Well almost.

Maybe this fella read your intentions and said, "I better get crackin' with this blooming stuff."

Coach J said...

I just threw out the first orchid plant I ever recieved. The first year, it had about 3 blooms. The second year, there was 8!! I was so proud! But, it was downhill after that. So, 4 years later, it's doing it's job in our compost pile. Such sadness.
I think I'll go out and buy another one. :)

Hazel said...

I know you're into "making things" so don't forget to let the flowers dry naturally and then store in a cardboard box (not a tin or plastic container because they sweat moisture back into the flowers). You lose most of the colour but they make stunning decorations on cards etc. Do not press!
Just to make you jealous my pink one had over 200 flowers this year but Mr E assures me that it won't flower next year because it needs to rest. I've not yet got into digital photography.
Note to joyismygoal -- orchids don't smell of anything. For the most glorious flower smell you need roses. Specifically one called Sutter's Gold (I have one on my desk as I write this).