Winter is coming

Ok ok so maybe not everyone is a Game of thrones fan but still, the statement is valid. So what will I do with my girls? Well as you know I’m a window sill grower

But as you can see, my window sills have a glaring defect for wintering orchids, yes, it’s a radiator, one under each window. Well, that’s inconveniently hot for them so it won’t work. 

So I’ve prepared a new spot for them, moved some furniture around and decided I would move my window shelves

To a non window spot and buy a second set for the rest of them. So here it is

Ready for assembly

And… Done

Looks like they will have plenty of space, though I’ll leave them on the sills until we fire up the heating. 

I may need to think about some extra lighting for them over winter but that’s a conversation for another day. 

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When you just don’t get her…

I have spoken about this orchid before, my little rescue phalaenopsis, who did almost nothing for a year and a half since I got her. 

Well, now she seems to have taken a liking to growing roots and is growing 5 aerial roots simultaneously. 

I’m happy for her but you know, I would like to know she’s health, but this is not convincing me

Her new leaf is spotted. What is it? I dunno… You tell me. She just doesn’t seem very happy and it’s frustrating. Although I suppose it’s a little like raising kids. You feed them, make sure they have everything they need and they still ignore you. So I’ll get over it. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Watering day

I have to start with one of my sources of joy over the last few days…

Isn’t she wonderful… It’s rhetorical, I adore her and she smells like spring, I love her beautiful red and her huge petals. She’s delightful.

And I thought I’d give you a peek at what watering day looks like in my house. 

I’m also preparing to move my orchids to their winter spot because, as you may have spotted, in the summer they live on my window sills and there are radiators there so once winter starts, keeping them that close to my heaters is a bad idea. But I’ll post about their new home soon. 

So where are we now

Well, other than the seedling mystery, I do have other updates to share. I came back to find that my miltassia ‘Shelob  Tolkein’ orchid is spiking again ( the third this year) so I’m excited about some new blooms! 

Then on the other hand there is my sa-nook blue happiness. All of her buds blasted and I have no clue why. Oh well, these things happen. 

My oncidium twinkle spike is looking promising, these spikes take ages to actually flower but I’m patient. 

My cattleya, my only cattleya…. She has produced this entire growth over the summer after she finished flowering. 

Lastly there’s my Nelly Isler … Her blooms are opening today… So exciting!

So I’d say, overall, t’s a good day. 

Possible failure

Well, I returned from my trip to find the horrific sight of my seedlings bare rooted. 

Yes… In some incident which has not been recognised by any individual in the household, my seedlings were tugged out of their medium. Apparently nobody noticed and nobody knows what happened. πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜ΆπŸ˜ΆπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š

So since we know orchids take as long to die as they do to grow, I may now be witnessing the slow death of these seedlings. 

Bad omens

Well I was away with work and couldn’t post and the awful hotel I stayed in had orchids… But it was more of a shrine to orchid death (as well as their perseverance, poor things) with a reception full of desperate orchids

Walking in and seeing them was like a bad omen, I should have run screaming from the hotel πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

Joking aside I’m glad to be home and among my beautiful Orchids. I’ll be updating a little later. 

Just babies

About a month ago, on a whim, I bought two phalaenopsis seedlings, fresh out the flask. Both are hybrids of 2 different t phalaenopsis species and both have the potential to be absolutely beautiful. 

Firstly there is the phal. cornu-cervi red X phal. Lindenii

Her parents are gorgeous

Then the other is the samera coerulea

Which is a cross between the phal. Belina and phal. Violacea coerulea

The thing is…. They are tiny… Really tiny… Just out of their flask… It’s pretty ambitious to hope that they are going to make it, right now they are but 2 leaves and 3 roots a piece.  But, fingers crossed. I’ve had them over a month and I haven’t killed them yet which is a good thing. I’ll keep you updated. 😊

Of course the long term plan is to also own all of the 4 parent phals too because they are gorgeous ❀❀❀

Saying goodbye

My Orchid collection is large, I have a few orchids which were either divided or were orchids which I had multiples of. After a recent conversation with my mother-in-law I decided I would take her the orchids I had multiples of. 

So, I thought I would dedicate a post to the orchids which are going to leave me soon as a way of saying goodbye.

To begin, there’s this beautiful little howaera mini primi, She bloomed a few months ago and now she is growing, in fact she has new growth in two directions to be exact. Just lovely.


Then there is this back bulb of my catante Pacific sun spots. She amazed me when she produced a new growth and now I think she’s strong enough to move on. 

And lastly (for now) I have a strong dendrobium nobile … I now have 3 the same, so will happily give one up. 

So these are the girls that will leave my collection permanently. It’s not easy to say goodbye to them but I know they are going to someone who will love them.