I thought you might like to see what’s blooming in my yard.
The chili pepper vanda orchid blooms several times a year, and here it goes again. It doesn’t care about government shutdowns; it just does it.
My dendrobium is blooming.
This is the orchid I won at the first Cars in the Garden show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens three years ago. The great thing about growing orchids in Florida is that it’s their natural habitat. Hang them up in the back yard and let nature take its course.
The chili pepper vanda is blooming again, just two months after the last burst.
Not to be outdone, the hibiscus is cranking it out, too.
Despite my reputation as the Grim Reaper of Gardening — I can kill a geranium — I am able to keep orchids alive. You might remember that back in May I won an orchid at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden car show. It did okay in the kitchen window, but it became obvious that it needed to be liberated from its plastic container. I had an empty orchid hanging basket left over from a long-departed philodendron, so I cleaned it out, put some orchid bark in it, and moved the dendrobium out to a branch on the north side of a hibiscus where it will get some shaded sun and plenty of air and rain.
Let’s see how it does.
Yesterday I took the Pontiac to a car show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. It was selected as the best in show for 1980’s cars and the trophy was this lovely orchid.
The photo was taken in close-up while the orchid posed on my kitchen counter in front of the window that overlooks the back patio. Unlike the impression the photo gives, it’s not six feet tall.
This is not to neener, neener those of you covered in snow and ice. This is to remind you that spring and warm weather are coming.
We took a drive up to Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Michigan, today where they were having a clearance sale on orchids, and I got to look around, ask questions, and take some pictures. Here are a few of them. Please don’t ask me the names of the varieties; all I know are the two that I have on my patio. One is Fred, the other is Ethel.