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Orchids, once the preserve of the connoisseur, the eccentric or the rich are now positively commonplace thanks to the supermarkets. As a consequence I feel a little nonplussed about them yet really I should be delighted as they have become readily available and relatively affordable.
Perhaps it is because they are available with the baked beans and the cornflakes, just stick it in the trolley with the weekly shop that Orchids no longer feel “special”. Or maybe it is because they are available in every conceivable colour, including vivid blue, that they no longer seem special or exquisite.
This one has been in the house for a couple or three weeks. It was a gift from cousin Julie and I really am enjoying it. I think perhaps it is the stripes which are visible on both sides of the petal and the rather interesting colour combination that is holding my interest.
The roots are usually in clear plastic pots as they need some natural light. I found this rather nice, clear glass, fat (jam pot shaped) vessel, which I think suits it rather well. Should you find yourself in Wendover, pop into the courtyard to see Liberty Rose Vintage. Failing that look at her Instagram page of the same name.
So what do you think about orchids? Love them or loathe them? D.
I wonder why they suddenly became rather commonplace? Yours are quite unusual really, and I like the stripes showing through.
I guess they are farmed for the supermarkets these days. Don’t know really. Glad you like the stripes as well
These are definitely different from the usual supermarket ones – Cousin Julie clearly thought you deserved better than a commonplace one! I am not a huge fan myself, but might like them better if I could keep them flowering!
I find their flat waxy leaves very dull once they finish flowering and forget to water them and then wonder why they’re not flowering again!
I found out after I had cut an old flowering stalk off that if you just cut the stem down to a ‘bud’ (?) it would reflower on the same stalk – bit late for that. Any orchids I have had have been present and you feel a kind of duty to try and keep them going – although perhaps the way that s’markets sell them perhaps we should just consider them disposable. do you think?
Yes I think you are right, they are actually rather good value lasting about a month for approx £10. Cut flowers are certainly more Costly over that time.
I know what you mean bout buying them with baked beans! But they are sill wonderful and you can tempt them to flower again and again, if you can find space for them while they rest and remember to feed and water now and again. I like your glass plant pot. I must look for one!
I am not keen on them to be honest Dorris, but do enjoy admiring other people’s 😉 Maybe it’s because they die on me, or some have such weird markings or insipid colours that they just don’t hit the spot. I still have a Christmas poinsetta looking good, which is more my cup of tea!
Wow your poinsettia is still going? ! Mine usually last until twelfth night and then get chucked as they look sick. Perhaps too warm or too much fine living( aka too much watering)!
Yes, I have been very frugal with the watering this year, and I haven’t moved it an inch since it came home with me in November as I know they are sensitive to that!