Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Orchids


I first knew orchids when I was a teen and read Nero Wolfe -- his brownstone with the top floor being a greenhouse devoted to orchids. He'd spend mornings and afternoons up there tending to the orchids with his gardener. Rare and prized were orchids and one could only grow them with the proper greenhouse -- or so I thought.



But then there were orchids at Costco. The common and easiest grown orchid -- phalaenopsis. And so, one came home with me and then another and another . . .

They are easy to grow and I've even got them to rebloom. And they have such interesting colors.

And they are perfect on this tabletop in the breakfast room -- a cluster of them -- so much better than a lone orchid here and there!

The one on the left is white with hot pink stripes and is still blooming from March! The little lime green one in front is new -- replacing one that didn't make it. And the one on the right is one that soon will be blooming -- but I've forgotten what color it will be.
I don't like "fancy" pots for flowers -- preferring terra cotta ones -- someone plants look better in terra cotta -- and these -- these are Guy Wolff orchid pots. A perfect vessel, methinks, for orchids.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.

And what's on the dinner table this Tuesday -- the first, the very first garden tomato -- special enough to be a course on it's own. Sliced with a shower of garden basil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

It was heaven!!!!

14 comments:

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The orchids are lovely. I haven't tried any yet. I like terra cotta pots the most too. They're just simple and sturdy and let the plant be the show!

Sharlotte said...

Oh, these are so pretty! I've never tried to grow orchids...I thought they were difficult. But, now I'm inspired to try. Thanks!

Sharlotte
Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections

Shelia said...

Your orchids are so pretty! I've never tried to grow them, but I think you've given me some hope!
Yummy, your tomatoes look so good. Nothing like home grown ones.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

GardenofDaisies said...

Your orchids are lovely!! I have never tried to grow any indoors. When I was young we had wild orchids that grew on our garden wall. (We lived in South America for several years.) I always thought they were so beautiful. I should do an orchid post... I know I have some orchid pictures someplace...

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh I LOVE orchids! A lovely client gave me an amazing fuschia striped one last year, but, alas, it didn't survive the winter. I've been on the hunt for a similar one to replace it
xoxo Pattie

Pondside said...

We haven't had any luck in getting ours to re-bloom, but we keep on trying. Like you, I think that orchids look best in a little grouping.

BumbleVee said...

I bought my first cute little orchid in early May.... a yellow and pink paleo...palin..a phalin .... well, it is one just like yours..... and my little guy is still alive and with the same blooms! I'm pretty excited about him... I call him a him.... I think it is a miniature one because it is pretty tiny....

It actually doesn't seem to have much dirt or moss or whatever is in the bottom... and I think about transplanting it...so it can hold a bit of water instead of it going straight through...but, I don't want to shock it ... maybe I'll try that after the blooms are gone.... I may have to look for a buddy for mine too.... and proper pots to put them in.... yours look great.
I love terra cotta too.... they just look so natural and look good everywhere and anywhere...

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, your orchids are just wonderful. I just can't grow them no matter what. Tickled me when you said easy. lol Such a beautiful display. Love the tomatoes, they look so good. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Mary said...

I am green with envy! It will be weeks before we have homegrown tomatoes. The orchids are lovely, Martha. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful! Isn't it wonderful we can have orchids in our homes these days! I love how they stay in bloom for months, and then re-bloom a few months later!

Wish I had one of your fresh tomatoes!

Katherine

Bernideen said...

Now here is something I had no success at - and even with that $50.00 book that says it's easy! I think I water them to death....

Tina said...

Hmm...maybe I should rethink my orchid stance, which has been that they're too complicated for me. Yours are gorgeous, and I love how reverently you treated your first tomato. Mine are still a long way away here in CO.

Amy said...

Your orchids look lovely but I have to say your tomato seasoned with sea salt and basil looks delicious!!!!

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