Friday, February 28, 2014

No tropics here!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Unlike Kate, Deb, and Maggie, I have not had the opportunity to visit the tropics this winter season. This LONG WINTER season. But, in a small way, the tropics have visited me. One of my orchids has decided (after a VERY LONG TIME) to bloom again.

Mr. L noticed in early January that not one, but three of my five orchids looked like they might be setting up buds (if that's what they're called. I don't claim to be an orchid encyclopedia--I just like them).

We watched, and waited ... and watched, and waited ... and (*sigh*) watched and waited. It seemed to be taking an awfully L-O-N-G time for the damn thing to bloom.  But finally, this week, it bloomed.

I had been hoping it would be the yellow one to bloom, not the more common purple, but at this stage, I'll take what I can get.


Alas, we thought we originally thought were going to get three blooms, but as you can see, it only produced two.


The second one seems stalled in stasis land.




And the miniature one is in stagnation land (where it was when Mr. L first noticed).


So I'm just as pleased that Mr. Purple Orchid has bloomed.  And I hope they hang around for a long, long, time.


Do you grow orchids (or in my case enable them to survive, but not necessarily thrive)?