Friday, February 24, 2012

The Opening Orchid

Orchids are such amazingly beautiful flowers.

I bought this white orchid to counter balance the
orange-y orchid (that I had purchased to try to
mimick a still life for January's
in the terrarium/orchid arrangement in my kitchen.

I like orchids if I can find them at a reasonable price
'cause the flowers last a long time.
I try to find them with some buds left still to
bloom so I can enjoy them even longer.

This one had pretty flowers already on it
and four buds still to open up.
The pot had a shiny glaze on it which I
thought did not really go with the other items
in the collection so I painted it a clay-ish
color, then a flat white color, then sanded it down.

Here we are down the three buds left to bloom.


The next to the last orchid flower opening up...








Poor little plant...did I water you too much? not enough? your leaves are droopy.

The final bud opens as the first blooms on the
stalk shrivel up and drop off.

Such a pretty face.
I have never been able to get my orchids to re-bloom so this plant and the
orange-y one will be going to live with my friend who got a book
 called "Orchids For Dummies" . Oh well, at least my terrariums are still alive.

(One of my favorite movies is "Adaptation" which is loosely,
and hilariously, based on the book "The Orchid Thief".)




8 comments:

  1. oh I love my orchids!!! I have a white and a purple in bloom now. Mine have rebloomed this is the 4th rebloom for the white and 3rd for the purple, I have one that the stalk died but the leaves are still healthy and it is taking a while to grow a new stalk. I keep mine in a sunny spot and water once a week, all the pots have bark and no soil. I drill holes in the pots so all water drains out and only bark remains wet. I was told they hate to sit in water and hate water on their leaves etc.....which I find weird because if they are in the wild they can't do much about that can they? lovely arrangement you have there!!

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  2. That is just gorgeous. My friend's husband just sent her an orchid for Valentines day. It is so pretty, purple with all these new little buds popping all over. I really love the white.

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  3. There's no chance of growing orchids in this house. The only good light is the patio door and the draft would kill them. Your's are lovely! ~ Maureen

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  4. I love your terrariums, and now the pretty orchids bring an elegance to the vignette. Really beautiful spot in front of your window.

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  5. Your orchid is beautiful and the terrariums are still looking great. A friend gave me an orchid once but after it died I haven't tried growing them again.

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  6. I love orchids, they always look so elegant! I like how you transformed that white glossy ceramic pot, it looks perfect with your lovely terrariums:) Love the different shots of the beautiful orchid!Thanks for visiting me and leaving me such a sweet note. Have a wonderful weekend!~Poppy

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  7. Oh, I love white orchids and this one is sooo pretty.

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  8. Gorgeous orchid! I need to bring one home. I don't have much luck with them.

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