I got this set of orchids for my anniversary. They were a brilliant violet. Almost purple. I was surprised to see buds on the stalks so soon after getting them, especially because I haven’t been very diligent about caring for them. Too much going on with house, dogs, moving out the dolls, off-loading old furniture. The problem with all of this effort is that the house looks worse, not better.
All the old furniture had stuff in it. Even though we’ve dumped multiple bags of trash, there are items left over and no place to put them. We are very short of closets in this house, even though we added an extra set when we moved in.
Everything is full and I grant you if we cleaned out the closets, there might be some room, but then again, maybe not. A lot of it is winter clothing and it takes up a lot of room.
So between worrying about the health of the Scotties and feeding birds and fixing broken pieces of the house, my plants have not gotten the attention they deserve. Nonetheless, the Christmas Cactus began blooming again and my purple orchid opened this morning. There are more buds too.
But it isn’t purple this time. It is dark magenta in the middle with white petals. So I have to ask: does that mean the purple was artificially injected into the soil or do orchids change color?