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What’s on your wish list?
How can one help shivering with delight when one’s hot fingers close around the stem of a live flower, cool from the shade and stiff with newborn vigor! ~Colette
Orchids (Orchidaceae)…you see them in garden centers and gourmet restaurants, pissy spas and hotels, preening fancy in the limelight
long elegant necks arched out for attention more gracefully than Audrey Hepburn.
Yes, you say to yourself, yes i want to take one home and call it mine and it will flourish in shiny perfection for ever and ever. Then you get it home and your dreams are soon shattered as your orchid collapses and dies like a leggy runway model who has fallen off her shoes.
Until recently, this was my story. Then, something mysterious happened to changed my abysmal orchid juju. My husband brought me an orchid plant early last year – and it’s still alive! I didn’t do anything differently than before but, there it is, a lone survivor in a long line of phalaenopsis failures.
So, in honor of the new year and all the automatic optimism that comes with it, I’ve decided to take a leap of horticultural faith and ride the trend. There are five to the family now, holding steady in all their glossy seductive glory, and my green fingers are crossed! Today, while a winter storm rages outside, I’m even more grateful to have a bit of rainforest in my living room!
Orchid Care: The orchids I have so far are all phalaenopsis. They are easy to find, inexpensive, and require little maintenance. They live in the front room of the house which gets plenty of light and no direct sun. They are kept moist but not soaked and I never let them dry out, which pretty much kills em. Don’t re-pot them while they’re blooming – just leave them alone. When the bloom dies, you can re-pot using orchid bark and then you’ll have a juicy green plant
until it blooms again
On my wish list for new additions:
My oldest friend in the world, Lucie (we met the first day of first grade!) called me the other day and told me I must must must grow hellebore! Why I wasn’t growing them already is beyond me.
How could I not have a plant with such a wickedly intriguing name in my garden? And they come in dark brooding colors and are poisonous, which is fabulous! Several times, I have vowed to have a garden with nothing but “black” flowers…but I cannot say no to the others so it just doesn’t happen.
**side note: there is no such thing as a true black flower in nature…only colors that APPEAR black**
These are winter bloomers, so I will probably wait until later this year to get some, but they’re definitely on my list. It’s a long and growing wish list…I’m going to need more dirt!