Happy Houseplant Appreciation Day!
Who knew? Right?! Ha ha… I didn’t actually know until I saw it written about in a blog I follow called The Houseplant Guru.
I wanted to share with you this gorgeous orchid my good friend, Amelia, gave me for Christmas this year. It is simply beautiful. I’ve never had an orchid before. I don’t know why really, but I’ve just never bought one, so I was so happy she got this for me. She knows me pretty well too because I love this color combination.
I had to wait like a week to get these photos after I received this gift because we had such gloomy days. Ah but check out those beautiful late afternoon long winter shadows. I swear, the sun didn’t shine for days and days. As I write this now, we’ve now got about three inches of snow on the ground! Winter finally arrived I guess. Came in with a wallop, too. It’s really cold.
But these photos of this houseplant orchid will warm you up!
Right? I mean how gorgeous is this? I still look at it with awe. I hope I can keep it alive. I do pretty well, but sometimes things go wrong.
I’ve been researching and they really seem easy to take care of. I’ll just water about every 10 days – a really good drenching in the sink with tepid water and make sure it doesn’t sit in water. I may have found a new obsession. The American Orchid Society says there are over 20,000 species and some 100,000 artificial hybrids (some they say are fussy, I’ll stay away from those)!
I think this will make an awesome painting what do you think? I’m adding it to my idea list. Remember the Black Bat Flower I painted? It looks like an orchid, (but it’s not). I still would love to have one of those.
Happy Houseplant Appreciation Day! (kinda late 😉 )
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