Garden Design

A Perfect Addition to the Gray of Winter

Today Gail Bromer is sharing a method to brighten up the winter months.

I started to collect orchids 30 years ago and still have several plants from those early years. I am a survival-of-the-fittest collector and don’t know most of their names, but I love to have their color, particularly during winter. Various orchids bloom throughout the year. Orchids bloom for long periods of time. I have one blooming now that was a gift in June and is still going strong.

When we bought our new home seven years ago, we built in a plant area. I have a 10-foot window that faces southwest. It may not be a perfect light situation, but it’s what I have available. I water once a week and turn the heat down to 65° overnight in the winter. In the summer all the plants go outside onto a covered deck.

If you’ll let me, I’ll share some of my pictures without identifying them. I urge everyone to bring orchids home and enjoy their long bloom time. These days you can buy an orchid for the same price as cut flowers at the supermarket. Or you can search out your specialty grower and enjoy something a little more unusual.

various potted orchids in front of a windowThese are blooming today.

close up of bright orange orchidThis plant is 25 years old. I gave it to my father-in-law as a gift, and he returned it to me when he didn’t have any luck getting it to rebloom.

close up of light purple orchidThis is my 30-year-old plant.

close up of large white and pink orchid blooms Phalaenopsis are readily available at the supermarket.

close up of orchid with white flowers that have green and purple detailsI love the shape of these.

close up of light pink orchidAren’t these lovely?

close up of bright purple orchidAnother unusual shape.

close up of orchid with multicolored flowersThis was a supermarket find.

close up of bright orange and yellow orchid flowersThese bloom in the fall and complement the autumn colors of the leaves outside.

a portion of this indoor orchid collectionOne last cluster of blooms from last February

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