I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my orchids for over 10 years now. I love them and they hate me. I’ve tried everything: special orchid fertilizers, creating micro-climates using giant cement mixing tubs filled with water and elevating the orchids above them for humidity, watering them, not watering them, moving them about by the windows and talking to them. Nothing seemed to matter. In 10 years I’ve killed no less than 12 orchids.
So imagine my surprise when I found my this snarky face greeting me in September?
Encouraged, I bought two little, tiny, itty bity orchids for my H. Potter Barrel Roof Terrarium. I really didn’t expect either of them to bloom but look what opened up this week:
That little guy is about the size of a large gypsy moth.
And then, my first and only oncidium opened in full array this month:
To give you an idea of scale, here’s a shot of one of these flowers next to a quarter:
So yeah, things are looking a tiny bit brighter in my living room these days.
January 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm
BEAUTIFUL! I’m terribly jealous. Two ornery cats = no living plants in my house. :(
January 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm
GORGEOUS! And so encouraging! Perhaps I’ll venture into the world of orchids even further! Celebrating your orchid success with you, Julia!
January 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm
JL, cats can sure cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. I guess I’m lucky our cat is too old to jump up on anything now.
Kylee, Didn’t your dad make you an awesome orchid table once? I have serious table envy! Mine are scattered about now that most of them died and only 6 are left.
January 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm
These are just gorgeous! I have mostly only phalaenopsis in various sizes and colours, but I do have one green-flowered paphiopedilum that is going to flowe for the first time very, very soon. Am quite excited, and am considering getting a couple of miniature orchids because I have a large, unused terrarium sitting in the closet.
January 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Sorry, that last was from me, (bloomingwriter) but came through my stupid WordPress identity!
January 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm
These are amazing and absolutely beautiful!
January 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Jodi! You have a terrarium you’re not using?? Oh how that pains me ;-P
Debbie, Thanks!! First blooms on anything in 8 years so I’m pretty stoked.
January 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Yes, my dad DID make a beautiful orchid table for me, which is where most of my orchids are, and I swear, the humidity trays have made all the difference in the world as to their health and their reblooming. I’ve got several poised to bloom again soon.
Confession: I’ve got a large terrarium up in the attic, not being used, too. Hubby reminded me of it the other days when I showed him a picture of a really cool planted one. We’re going to get it down. :-) Daughter used to use it for her iguana.
February 8, 2011 at 12:01 am
Ooooohhhhhhhhh ahhhh I am so loving those orchids. I have been wanting an orchid but have not taken the plunge to buying one. Orchid plants are so expensive and I feel like I might kill them… Nice job on your blooms!