TUESDAY’S ORCHIDS – Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – February 26 – Orchid

Today the third of my orchids went into full bloom. There are three more big buds on the two stalks and I think they will bloom within the next week or maybe 10 days.

Bright orchids

My orchids make me smile. Every time I walk past my flowers, I feel better about at least this little part of my life. I have no control over what the government, the Democrats, the Coronavirus or anything else does, but at least I have a little bit of control over feeding my birds and growing flowers.

The orchids with a heart

Three full orchids

These days, we need to feel good about small things because the big things are much too big for puny little me.

Three in bloom

14 thoughts on “TUESDAY’S ORCHIDS – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. How spectacular!!!!!!!!!! OMG I love it. I know some ppl baby them and carry on but sometimes, what is most interesting is that a number of plants thrive on what we might call neglect. They enjoy pampering but they enjoy being left alone too.

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    • I really enjoyed your post about writing. My family never got it. I actually put a lock on the door, but sometimes, I had to go to the bathroom or get something to drink and there would be a mad rush. And the PHONE calls from friends who didn’t feel that writing is work. Even the dogs got in on the act!

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      • Yes, I agree. My understanding is that it is a plague because it is very contagious. It is dangerous for elderly, young and compromised immune people and also for 10% – 15% of “regular” people who will just react badly to it and it can be fatal. It has been said that men aged 25 to 45 are more at risk but I find that hard to believe.

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        • I always assume that it’s the young, the elderly, and those with other physical issues who are most at risk. But this has killed off a lot of medical workers who are in the 25 to 45 age range, so probably there’s something that, as usual, they are not telling us.

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    • They need the right light. And VERY little water. Too much water or too much light (or too little light) — or a hot room — and they won’t flower. They will grow, but not flower. As green growing plants, they aren’t very interesting. If you can figure out where you had them and find a different window for them — maybe one that isn’t used much by the family (so the lights aren’t turned on and off very often) that might help. And you might start with a plant that has a lot of new growth. A young plant helps a lot.

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    • I explained to Garry exactly the kind of plant I needed. Not one with the most flowers, but one with the youngest shoots. Orchids use a lot of energy to bloom, so you want a young and hardy plant to begin with. Right plant, right light, minimal water — and a cool room where the lights aren’t on all day long — usually will do it. Our cultivated orchids mostly like cool rooms. Not cold, but not hot. And without a lot of changes in the temperature or lighting.

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