Monday, March 20, 2017

Sue Brady

Gray and brown and faded green,
Dirty snow piled in corners,
February wears on me.

March roars in and brings more snow
Then it melts and snows again,
Will springtime ever come?

Then… a shoot, a spear, a spike!
The exuberance of crocus
Begins to push out winter.

Daffodil and snowdrop,
Tulip, hyacinth, muscari,
The bulbs know spring is here.

crocus medley

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Amaryllis Number 17 is another new one, and another mislabel.  It was supposed to be Ambiance, which is white with red streaking.  This is not Ambiance, it's Samba, which I actually think I like better.

amarylis Samba

It's very striking.  The flowers are very flat, and are carried in a tight cluster at the top of the scape.

And just for fun, here's a current picture of the amaryllis table....I mean dining table.  Oops!  :-)

Dining room overview

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Phalaenopsis, yay!

I have a Phal blooming now, and it's a rebloom!

Phal. Liu’s Triprince

This is Phal Liu's Triprince, which I got last June.  The original spikes lasted a few months, then I cut them off and it grew a nice new leaf over the winter.  A couple months ago I noticed a little nub forming, and it was a spike!

It's so gratifying when a new orchid reblooms in my care for the first time.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


My Lepanthopsis astrophora orchid is blooming again.  Actually, it's never really stopped since it first bloomed last March, though it did slow down a bit when it was really dark this winter.  But now the days are getting longer again, and it's blooming on two new spikes!

Lepanthopsis astrophora

Despite its small size, this is an incredibly beautiful orchid.  Each flower is 1/8" tall, but so perfectly formed, and the color is an amazing glowing fuchsia-purple.

It takes my breath away.

Lepanthopsis astrophora

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Amaryllis number 16 is another new one this year, named Misty.

Amaryllis Misty

It's very pretty, with its pale pink flowers striped with rose and a green throat, and is mildly fragrant.  This variety is also unusually different from my other amaryllis, in that it is trumpet-shaped.  I like it!

Amaryllis Misty

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I'm not, really...

It's 11:30 at night and I'm browsing eBay and other plant vendor websites, and thinking about ordering a backyard hobby greenhouse kit. I really need to go to bed before I do something rash.

Thursday, March 09, 2017


Amaryllis number 15:

Not-Hercules amaryllis. Another mislabel.

This was supposed to be Hercules, with an extremely large deep pink bloom.

It is not.  It is a medium-sized plain red bloom.  I still like it, since it's a good deep red and the flower is nicely shaped, but it is not Hercules.

Bulb mislabeling strikes again.