Friday, February 8, 2013

Bringing Home Some Color

 

With snows and blizzards hitting the north and eastern states it makes Spring seem so far away. And we long for it all the more.

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My daughter and I went on a shopping or window shopping trip this week and we happened to go into Lowes to pick up a couple of things.

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Well we may have gone in for some home supplies but I always have to go straight to the garden shop to see what is in stock.
At this time of the year there seems  to always be Anthurium’s  with their heart shaped leaves and blooms for Valentines Day.

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And then there are also all sizes of containers of Orchids to entice you. I have not had much luck with orchids but I am a stubborn gardener when it comes to a plant that does not want to grow for me. Anyone else like that? LOL!
So I picked up this little orchid and brought it home for some winter color to give me a lift from the bloom withdraw I am going through now.
I put it into a bag to keep it from the chilly wind and temperatures on its way to its new home.
Oh and did I mention that that as soon as I got it to the car that I noticed that the bloom had been broken from it and was hanging on by just a few fibers?  LOL!
Well it was beautiful…. was being the word of the day.

Have you ever just had one of those days?

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Everyone have a wonderful weekend and stay safe in the north eastern states.

Happy Gardening,

Lona

16 comments:

elaine rickett said...

I am useless with indoor plants I just totally forget about them so I can sympathise with your dilemma - the orchid was beautiful though.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a pretty orchid! We all need a little color in our lives.

Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

GRACE PETERSON said...

Hi Lona Dear, I like the little bit of spring you brought home from Lowe's. At this point any color is good and spring can't come soon enough. Stay warm where you are too.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Sorry for the orchid. Love the lavender. Certainly is good to get something blooming as winter is still on us. We're unseasonably warm this week. Maybe rain tomorrow. Already have the wind!

Indie said...

I've never been one for Anthuriums, but orchids are so beautiful. I've been too scared to try to grow them, as they seem so exotic and tricky to grow (and I have a cat that eats anything green). My mother-in-law grows orchids, though, and they are exquisite! I hope the rest of your blooms last quite a while!

Nadezda said...

Lona, dear!Do not worry!
This orchid flower may live long in the water.
All you need to change the pot, it is necessary to take a transparent pot
because the orchid has photosynthesis through the roots and leaves and roots should see the light and be green.
Put your nice orchid in a cool light place and it will give another shoot with flowers.
A watering should be 1 time a week
I water mines only on Monday.
Have a nice weekend!

Karen said...

Oh, no, Lona, the bloom broke off?? Oh, phooey! That would be my luck, no, wait, first I would have fallen down on a patch of ice in the parking lot and then tossed the poor plant about 20 feet in the air. You know how graceful I am. :-(

I love orchids, but have never tried to grow them. They are so elegant and I just couldn't imagine them wanting to live in our little hut. The ones you have are exquisite.

We're having a little more snow and lot more cold again headed our way. I'm at work on a daffodil lamp right now; thinking Spring! Have a great weekend, Lona!

Sunray Gardens said...

I love Orchids. That is really a beauty.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Jeri Landers said...

I guess I am a stubborn gardener too. I never give up on lavender although I have killed countless plants. Who could kill lavender?? ME! I would never try orchids though, you are quite brave to do it.

Janneke said...

Pretty orchid Lona, despite the broken flower. We need to have something colourful and alive in the house in winter. I also cannot pass a flowershop without having look to see what's new.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

With winter taking over, I am so starved for color that I visit the big box and soak up the flowers.

It tides me over for a week, and then back I go...

Of course I pick up a few for myself.

Jen

Lona said...

Elaine: I just do not have any sunny windows here so indoor plants never last long unless they are violets. LOL!

Lorraine: Thank you sweetie. You have a good one too.

Grace: Girl I am so ready for spring.

GSS: I hope you got some more rain to raise those water tables in your area.

Indie: I grew one Anthurium once. Sadly it did not make it long either. :(

Nadeza: Thank you so much for the orchid tips. I will do that.

Karen: LOL! You are such a wonderful acrobat. LOL!

CHer: Do you grow them?

Jeri: Girl I am amongst those of whom are killers of Lavender. LOL! Mine died last winter in the mildest of winters. Go figure.

Janneke: We get so hungry for color with all of this white floating about. LOL!

Jen: Of cruse. Exactly!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl I had the very same idea!!
I meant to pick one up .. these mini orchids, because like you I have no luck .. but thought "what the heck .. try it again .. I need some colour!" .. but I forgot of course.
Hum ? .. maybe tomorrow ?
I like yours .. even with the missing bud ! haha
Joy ;-)

Lona said...

Joy: Poor thing never had a fighting chance. LOL!

Barb Yingst said...

I too get sucked into the garden centers. Orchids are fairly easy as long as you don't over water - I learned this the hard way and have killed more then a few! Now I mist them often in the summer and give them a soaking a couple of times a month in winter - being careful to not let their feet stay wet.

Rainy mostly here, can't wait for spring!

Janet QueenofSeaford said...

I would bring home that color too! I like how there are more orchids available in the garden area of the big box stores. Every winter needs a punch of color.