When spring comes around, also the Web pages start blossoming with
tulips, hyacinths and lilacs. First with photos of what will hopefully
soon be seen in the gardens, and then with photos of all those small
miracles that have just bloomed.
It is easy to perceive behind these images the joy of new-found colors, of the green growing again, of the sunshine promising long hours out of doors.
But it’s not like that here in the south of Florida. No – we don’t have all that. We have a long, a very long uninterrupted summer that lasts from the 1st of January until the 31st of December. Yes, sure, we’re those lucky ones without any cold, but have you ever tried eating the same dish day after day for weeks, months, even years? Try it.
You may have happened to see tree trunks that have been painted
white. Well, probably not if you live in places where the winters are
mild, but certainly if you live in the north of Europe. In fact, I often
used to be surprised that I had never seen anyone in southern Italy
whitening tree trunks with lime the way they did every year in Poland.
At the beginning of winter, around December, my grandfather began going round the orchard with a big bucket of slaked lime, and covering the trunks of all the fruit trees with a thick white layer.
Have you ever happened to receive one of those plant compositions in a small pot, with all the plants perfectly blooming all together? They are usually very attractive so people buy them, very often spending a lot of money, and thinking it is better to make this kind of gift instead of cut flowers, because plants will live for a long time. They do live longer than cut flowers (usually) but in most cases they die immediately after they stop blooming. They are grown in nurseries and assembled to be pretty on shelves for the time buyers bring them home. They are forced to bloom and clumped up in small pots almost without any growing media.
Such was the composition I received. After a while all the plants were brown, dried out and dead. I had no time to deal with it at that moment so I put it on my balcony and forgot it. For a couple of months it stayed there without being watered, exposed to some of the worst conditions for growing plants – wind and salt spray just on the edge of the ocean.
Yesterday afternoon I was looking out of the window, enjoying the amazing view over the ocean that I never have time to appreciate, and suddenly, a surprise!
Having an orchid at home is an amazing adventure. It’s a plant that don’t even seem to be real. It’s flowers can last weeks and weeks, sometimes even months.
According to the American Orchid Society, Phalaenopsis gender is the easiest one to take care of and to make it grow well.
Water –if your Phalaenopsis is potted in bark medium, water once a week. If your plant is potted in moss – water when the top feels dry. Moss retains more water than bark so it will probably happen less often than once a week. It seems that is better to water on mornings. Don’t use distilled water, is enough to make the tepid water run through the plant for a minute and the drain it completely.
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers
are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth
and a richness to life that nothing else can bring"
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Picture from Love This Pics
Named in honour of Captain William Blight of the Bounty mutiny. He is recorded as having brought Akee seeds from Guinea in West Africa to Jamaica in 1793. Slaves working there were familiar with this beautiful and weired fruit and knew how and when to eat it. A vital knowledge because if it is eaten before it is completely ripe, it is deadly poisonous.