FLOWER OF THE DAY: BABY ORCHIDS ARE BACK – Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – Feb. 5, 2020 – Baby Orchid


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.

Purple in September

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.

The previously purple orchid

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.

It was hard to get a complete picture because it was facing down and I had to get underneath it to get a picture

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?



Categories: cee's photo challenge, Flower of the day, Marilyn Armstrong, orchids, Photography

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16 replies

  1. Beautiful … eh!
    We sell a lot of ’em at the store.

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  2. Look at that baby orchid. Wonderful photos Marilyn 😀

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  3. Hi Marilyn My mother has a lot of orchids. She says you have to use the special fertilizer for orchids or they lose their colours and don’t do well.

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  4. I love the previously purple orchid! At first glance, before I enlarged it, I thought it was a nose.

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    • Apparently they are dyed, but it’s not something you can do yourself. It’s done in nurseries with exactly the right light and temperature and has to be at a specific point in the growth cycle. So all these bright and dark orchids will grow back on their own with white petals. There are some naturally yellow, orange, and light blue ones, but the really dark and bright ones are dyed. Still beautiful, without the dye 🙂

      It looks more like a flower today. The petals are still opening.

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