Monday, August 22, 2011

Let's Be Glad






I am quite pleased that my gladiolus are revealing their pretty pink selves out in my garden planter; you see I am not a champion gardener like my Mom, my sister, my mother-in-law, my sisters-in-law and pretty well all of my extended family, so I must celebrate the little victories. The tropicanas are also coming up but not sure if blooms will appear. This is my second year tending to the glads and the trops.


I am also tending to my orchids, there were lovely pink blooms this spring and now I am trying to revive them again. I am following The Daily Connoisseur's advice about watering and caring for orchids, so I will be thrilled if my efforts are rewarded.

11 comments:

  1. Hello:
    At one time we rather despised gladioli for some totally obscure reason. Not so any more and frequently buy them for the dining room table not only on account of their brilliant colours but also for their soaring habit. Pink ones we have yet to have, and yours are a wonderful deep shade.

    Congratulations on your orchids. We have never succeeded with them despite many expensive attempts!

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  2. Great, you've joined the blogging world!

    Like the Hattats I used to loathe them but now I'd love a huge bunch of them, they're gaudy and glamourous and put me in a good mood when I look at them.

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  3. I have never grown either but I do admire both!

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  4. Love the flowers. I grow orchids as well. I find they need more sun than you think to keep them blooming!

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  5. Hattatts - Thank you, I am quite surprised at their progress and I really hope my orchids bloom again, Mom gave me some orchid food to mix with the watering every once in awhile.

    Tabs - Lol isn't that the truth!! Thanks for the friendly push to get my arse in gear!

    Pat - Aren't they lovely! One day (or year) when I am feeling ambitious, I will add roses to the mix too.

    Melanie - Thanks! Yes I find orchids like a bit of sun, mine are sitting on a ledge just underneath a bigger window. Off to check your blog!

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  6. So pretty. I am sure I would end up killing them. I do not have a green thumb at all... I've even killed cactus if you can believe that! xo

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  7. LR- is this you? You're so beautiful! So happy you have a blog! And best of luck with the orchids... I forgot to mention orchid food in the video I don't use it that often but have used it in the past- it does accelerate the process when they are growing back. Looking forward to seeing the update :) xo

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  8. Daily Connoisseur - yes it is me! :) Thank you, you are so kind. I will definitely post an orchid update (hopefully a positive one)!

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  9. Orchids need a lot of sun and a lot of water/humidity. By sheer, dumb luck, my orchids are doing really well - I put them by a south-facing window which gets the most sun of all the windows in the house. Plus, I put the orchids on pebble trays, and keep about a half inch of water in them, to maintain humidity.

    ps. thanks for following my blog - following yours now too!

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  10. @ Louise - thanks for the tips! Another tip I heard was to leave the orchids in the bathroom to envelope some humidity after showers. Might have to try that as it is quite dry here!

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