Category Archives: Orchids

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



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.



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