Floral Friday Surprise

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”  ~ Lao Tzu

Our Cattleya orchid has been resting for so long, hanging high on the post outside the kitchen window. that I’d almost forgotten about her. She has however, obviously been very busy and yesterday surprised us with two exquisite twin flowers, just in time for hubby’s birthday. What a perfect gift.


Wishing you all a beautiful weekend full of pleasant surprises.


Floral Friday Fotos: Finally A Flower

Our newest Hibiscus has been very green and healthy-looking for months now, but every time a bud started to appear, it dried up and fell off. I’ve fed it, sprayed it with bug repellent, cajoled and threatened it, but it seemed determined not to flower. Hubby and I have been on a week’s jaunt to Key West for our 53rd wedding anniversary and yesterday on our return, this is what we saw; a perfectly formed flower the size of a soup bowl. I think we should go away more often.


Wishing you all a splendid weekend.


Floral Friday Fotos: Pink Profusion

This amazing Vanda orchid which we tied to a palm tree about a year ago, is flowering yet again. I blogged a photo of it in flower in September just before we left for South Africa. Our next door neighbour admired it, so we gave her permission to cut the flower stem and put it in her house. When we returned ar the end of November, it was in full bloom again. On our return from our Antarctic cruise in mid-January, the flowers were finished, so we cut off the stem. Towards the end of last week, I noticed new buds were opening, and today I counted fourteen flowers and four more buds waiting to open.


You can call me ‘the orchid whisperer’, but all I do is water the roots every Monday and add a small scoop of orchid food to the water every fortnight.


Floral Friday Fotos: My Easy Care Orchid

Hubby bought this Vanda orchid for me a couple of years ago. Ir was in a plastic tube pot and had no soil. I was fascinated to see how it flowered so beautifully without any growing medium. When it finished flowering, it was quite neglected for a while, until hubby brought it over to the new house and tied it to a palm tree in the front garden. Since then it’s flowered profusely, twice in five months.


I mist it occasionally and feed the roots if I remember, which isn’t very often, but it seems to bear no grudges at all.  This was how it looked in April.


Now it’s in full bloom again. I’m so happy that it’s flowering before we go away for six weeks, as I would hate to miss seeing it. It’s such a beautiful sight as we come into our driveway.


I’m also linking this post to Jude’s ‘September Flower Portrait’ Garden Challenge.

Wishing you all a very happy weekend. Ours won’t be at all relaxing, but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it nevertheless.







Floral Friday Fotos: A lovely surprise

Yesterday afternoon the doorbell rang, and there on the “Welcome” mat was a long thin box. When I saw the word ‘Flowers’ on it, I knew that it must be from one of my children for Mother’s Day. I quickly opened it, as I couldn’t imagine anything surviving for long in such a confined space. They had travelled overnight all the way from California. No card was in the box, but these beautiful pink roses and Inca lilies seemed to have come through their ordeal without too much trauma.


I hastened to put water and flower food into the lovely glass vase, and arranged them nicely. Now the quandary was deciding who to thank, as there was no indication as to who they were from. If I thanked my daughter and they weren’t from her, she might feel bad, and vice versa with my son. I decided to wait, as my son often phones on his way home from work, and thankfully he did. “Did you send me flowers?” Yes they were from him and he’d realized that he had forgotten to click the box after typing the message, so the mystery was solved.


I don’t think there can be anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving flowers. A gift of flowers always makes my heart sing; how about you?

Wishing you all a splendid weekend, and a very special Mother’s Day wish to all you mothers out there in the blogosphere.



Floral Friday Fotos: One Day Orchid

This ‘One Day Orchid’ was peeping out at me on a rainy day hike in Costa Rica to see the elusive Arenal Volcano. The volcano wasn’t visible through the thick mist, but the beautiful orchid was reward enough for my efforts and my soaking wet hair. I was so happy that the orchid had chosen that day to flower and that I was there to see it.


Wishing you all a very happy weekend. I can’t believe it’s come around again so soon.


Floral Friday Fotos: Beautiful Bougainvillea + a visitor

Bougainvillea has large clusters of colourful papery bracts, surrounding its small and insignificant flowers. These brightly coloured flower-like leaves which serve to attract pollinators, are visible all year round in Florida. If you zoom in, you’ll see a cute explorer among those tangled branches.


Peater the green Anole Lizard was having fun playing hide and seek with any insects who might have decided to make their home in the Bougainvillea. I wonder how many of them he managed to snaffle.


Happy Friday everyone and I hope your weekend is a relaxing and enjoyable one.


Floral Friday Fotos: Home Depot Special

Hubby visits Home Depot very regularly, now that the renovations are underway. Occasionally I will go along, but I always seem to end up in the garden section, drooling over the orchids. This week, I found three different orchids in one pot, so into the cart it went, along with all the boring DIY stuff.


I could sit and look at them all day. The blooms are so beautiful, and they last for such a long time. I rarely buy cut flowers these days.


I think the pale pink is my favourite.


Wishing you all a happy weekend and a splendid Spring Day, even if you still have snow.

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