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.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reprise - The Orchids

This post is originally from June 21, 2010 and since last week I visited an Orchidist and brought home a treasure and a treasure chest of orchid growing knowledge, I thought it an appropriate post for Favorites Sunday.

I still am an orchid enthusiast. I still can get them to rebloom. Occasionally, I will lose one. But there is just something about blooming plants rather than just cut flowers to make a visitor seem more welcome!

Please join Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites!

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.

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!!!!


Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I love the orchids from Costco. I bought one in the most lovely "orchid" color and I can't believe it's still alive more than a year later. It's currently putting out lots of new roots, but I haven't seen any new blooms yet - I'm hoping it will though!!


From the Kitchen said...

I always thought orchids were difficult to grow. After I saw them growing all over Hawaii--even out of rock walls--I decided to give one a try. It has bloomed, on and off, now for two years. Fingers crossed!


Rose H (UK) said...

I'm an orchid fan too Martha, and admit to 16 plants! At the moment I have 7 in bloom and two others are budding up again. Most I have had for over five years, but find it difficult to resist a different coloured bloom. I find they are happiest in our guest room so only 'bring them down' if I know we are expecting company.
I love your terracotta orchid pots - I haven't seen any like it locally (in the UK), but will certainly keep a look out for something similar now I know just how good they look.
Thank you for the reprise post as for some reason I'd missed it first time round.
Hope you have a lovely Sunday!
Best wishes
Rose H

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your orchids are wonderful, I've never tried to grow them.. thanks for sharing. hugs ~lynne~

Pondside said...

We don't have any luck in getting them to bloom a second time - they are just so beautiful!

Cassy said...

I love your orchids.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Southerncook said...

Loved your repost of your orchids. I'm looking forward to seeing your new pansy orchid. Aren't they just gorgeous. BTW, in the summer I put my orchids outside in a filtered sun area. They love the humidity and bring them in only when in bloom or when the temp drops below 50*. You have a great place for them in your sun room/breakfast room. I am anxious to hear what the fertilizer suggestion was. I use to use Peter's for orchids and can't find it anymore so went to something else (not sure what the brand).


Cass @ That Old House said...

Love orchids ... and they are so photogenic, too. and they LAST --such a good buy. You can get a gorgeous one for 20-bucks and keep it going for months, with very little care -- they are perfect, you are right.

Love that your tomato is on OUR plate. Looks great.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Someday, I will try orchids too.


Beautiful orchids, I really want to grow thwm too!! Great inspiration. just came from Chari's, Sunday Favs. Have a great week. FABBY

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Your orchids are beautiful, my friend! I have to admit, I have never tried growing them. I guess I should give one a try. I have always been of the opinion that they were "fussy" to grow. Thank you so much for sharing this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week!

Mmmm...your "first of the season" tomato looks yummy! I can make an entire meal of just fresh tomatoes as well!

Have a great week, my friend!