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Brrrr…It’s Cold Outside!

If you’ve been following my blog for at least a year, you’ll know that once a year, and only once a year, I can’t resist but to show off my mini Oncidium orchids.  Today, Ottawa, my home, is officially the coldest capital on the planet!  What a great day to look at some blooming beauties!

They bloomed late this year, probably because of the weather, but they still managed to put on a spectacular show.  I’m still waiting on the pink ones to open, but I expect to see them in the next week or so 🙂

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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Orchids

 

Phalaenopsis

This little guy has quite a story.  I purchased this plant, a Phalaenopsis orchid, a year ago.  I’ve babied it all winter and was thrilled when it threw up a flower spike in late winter!  Sadly, while trying to stake the spike, I broke it off.  Yes, off.  I was pretty upset but the plant was still in great condition so I decided to chalk it up to experience and try again next year.

Low and behold, the plant healed it’s damaged flower spike and pushed a second spike through the wound where I had damaged the first.  Not only that, it threw up another flower spike on the other side.  I was thrilled!  Two spikes in one season!!!  I didn’t dare try to stake these ones; I decided to let them grow wild 🙂

The first spike bloomed while the other spike was just starting to form buds.  Unfortunately, tragedy struck again when my cat knocked the plant off the shelf.  I lost the first spike and part of the plant.  I’ll tell you though, this plant is a trooper and the second spike continued to develop!  It is currently in bloom with six gorgeous tennis ball sized blooms!  Just lovely!  I doctored up the plant as best as I could and I think it’s healed very well.  I’m very please with my lovely orchid.  Not so pleased with the cat, but I’ll save that for another post 😉

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Orchids

 

Mini Oncidium Rescue Update

Remember my mini oncidium orchids I rescued last winter?  I know, I know, they aren’t Lithops so I’ll be quick 😉

I was thrilled and surprised to find that the second plant has pink blooms!  Usually we only see the white variety so this was a real treat.  I just had to share.  Forgive me – LOL!

The pink variety is on the left…it is subtle.

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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Orchids

 

While We’re Waiting…

 

While we’re waiting for the new seedlings to do something exciting, I thought I’d show off the blooms my rescued Mini Oncidium ‘Twinkle’ put out this week.  I posted about it’s flower spike a month or so ago and am excited to report that the largest plant has finally bloomed 😀

Not a Lithops, but still pretty cool!

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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Orchids

 

Okay, these aren’t Lithops, but…

I just have to share.  Last winter, I rescued three tiny miniature Oncidium orchids from a big chain hardware store.  They were in rough shape so I think I only paid 25 cents for each plant.  I didn’t expect them to make it, to be honest, but tonight I noticed something amazing!  They are about to bloom!!!  I can’t believe it…so excited 😀

I believe these are miniature Oncidium Twinkles, but will know for sure once they bloom!

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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in Orchids