Sunday, February 28, 2010

Like the Promise of Spring

Sometimes, when both roots and new flower stems are just beginning, it's not obvious which are which until the growth is more mature. This orchid will be some shade of pink. The stems grow sideways left alone and must be trained to grow upward with gentle coaxing, bamboo and clips.

On close inspection, the flower stem and the roots are obviously different.

The promise of flowers to come.

A second plant has been quite a bloomer over the years. The stubs of past flower stalks are visible here as is the barest beginning of a new flower stalk.

After I wrote about orchids the other day, it was time for my weekly watering ritual. I use this time to make a close inspection and was just delighted to discover a couple more plants preparing to bloom. The two plants have new stems at different stages. It's a good way to spread out the blooming time over a longer time but I'm quite sure there will be multiple plants all in bloom later in March.


Alterity Button Jewelry said...

There you go again making me jealous, Karen! One of these days, we are going to get together in cyberspace and you ARE going to teach me how to be successful with orchids!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

I LOVE Orchids - will try growing some again this spring!! and love your beautiful jewelry always!

Split Rock Ranch said...

I need to inspect mine, too! I have two that look just like the ones in your post. I'll need to have a closer look to see if any flower shoots are starting!

VanillaSeven said...

Looking forward for the Orchids to bloom Karen :)

Caio Fernandes said...

i think you got a very raw view of it .
wonderful .

Ann said...

I have a brown thumb, which would explain why all my plants are brown. I'll have to settle for looking at pictures of your beautiful orchids when I visit here.

Ann said...

I had to come back to tell you something that made me laugh. I was visiting split rock ranch and though wow that roving looks like rainbow sherbet. Then I saw you had left that in a comment. Then again on Vanilla seven I looked at the wild flower picture and thought, that looks like queen anns lace. Guess what? I scroll down and see you had left that comment I wonder where else I will find myself repeating you...rofl


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