|On October 30, I lined up the players in my wintertime garden, including potted plants, dried flowers and the last bouquets.|
Since I've had a modicum of success with a couple of orchids and some amaryllis, I've been coaxed back into growing houseplants.
I have no idea when the four orchids out of the six I'm growing will bloom.
I chose the lady slipper orchid for its foliage, a silver spotted with lush yellow-green, but it's been charming me with its blossoms for the past ten days. This is Paphiopedilum 'Delightfully Wood', a type the American Orchid Society states should be given temperatures around 60 to 65 degrees F at night and up to 85 degrees F during the day.
|Paphiopedilum 'Delightfully Wood'|
When I have a spare day (and an extra $100 or so) I'll visit Hilltop Orchids in Cloverdale, IN, which is where this lady slipper came from.
Four more orchid plants will be highlighted here in my blog whenever they decide to bloom. Unlike this particular lady's slipper, and others with pretty leaves, orchids aren't very exciting without blossoms.
|'Endless Summer' bloom the day after it was picked Nov. 2.|
|'Endless Summer' bloom Nov. 13, after 11 days in the vase.|
I recently discovered an exception when I picked the last of the 'Endless Summer' flowers on November 2.
|Fresh but not completely - after two weeks in a vase.|
Today, it's still in the same vase, its center getting slightly mushy, but from a distance still looking like a living thing.
Each year the inside players have expanded, and this year they include orchids, a new amaryllis, two little plants in the Gesneriad family, and some bulbs.
I've planted bulbs of Ornithogalum, Lachenalia and Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) which hopefully will bloom around Christmas.
November can be a tricky month for gardeners, especially for those who garden outdoors. Now that I've got some indoor plants, I can participate during the off season in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, started by Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens, is a day when gardeners from all over the world contribute a blog devoted to whatever is blooming (indoors and outdoors) in their gardens.