Tuesday, February 15

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - February 2011

Usually, winter in Ohio means that the view out our windows is a study in brown-grey ombre. Not very inspiring, but a much better backdrop for my jewel orchid flowers than this combination of white lace curtain and white snow outside:



Luckily, when I view these flowers as I crest the stairs, the Tang-gold walls, green plants, and blue ceramic pot make a much more exciting backdrop.  The colors even liven up the still-closed buds:


The tiny orchid flowers, reminiscent of snapdragons, look sweet against the striped draceana when you look down onto them, as shown here.  I like how they pull out the thin white stripe between the inner and outer shades of green:



Viewed from the upstairs hallway, though, they get totally lost against all that winter white--especially on a sunny day:



The jewel orchid flowers ARE rather nondescript, so they benefit from being one of the few things that flower for me at this time of the year.  (In fact, they are my ONLY flowering plant on this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!)  Any other month, they might be overlooked in favor of showier blooms... but in February, they're a welcome distraction.

To cut YOUR winter gloom, and see more lovely blooms from around the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens!

12 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am sure your indoor plants help to keep you entertained during winter Kim. They look good to me. Happy GBBD.

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I too only have indoor blooms and white outside. It is still nice to have them though, to tough it out until the warm weather brings the buds into bloom. Happy GBBD.

Nell Jean said...

What a fun presentation! Happy Bloom Day.

Leslie said...

One bloom in snow country counts for a lot! And they really are quite lovely.

shirl said...

I agree with Lisa, you look a dab hand at house plants to me. Lol... maybe that's not a compliment from someone who kills house plants!

Happy GBBD, Kim :-D

RBell said...

Thank goodness for indoor blooms to help us through the winter doldrums.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Greenbow Lisa, that's true... they do help keep me from going crazy until spring, anyway! :) Happy GBBD to you, too!

GWGT, so true. What I would do right now without houseplants, I don't know. Happy GBBD!

Thanks, Nell Jean! Happy Bloom Day to you, too. :)

Leslie, we really ARE snow country this winter. I admit that I am more than just a little envious of your gorgeous camellias right now, my friend!

Shirl, eh... you just haven't found the right houseplants, I think. I used to kill them, too... until I figured out that I needed things that were as unfussy and tolerant of neglact as possible. lol. Happy GBBD!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

RBell, THAT'S the word that was eluding me while I was writing my post! Doldrums is exactly right--and we're SO there. (I think I need to keep a photo of your ground orchids around to brighten up the rest of this month, btw. Very cheery!)

noel said...

aloha,

what an amazing thing to have your orchids blooming indoors, it must be quite a treat to pamper them and getting them to finally bloom in tricky indoor conditions...bravo

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Especially love that last photo.

Sunray Gardening said...

Very pretty blooms to carry you through but after the last few days of wonderful weather I'm wondering if spring is possibly going to be early as it was last year.
Cher
Goldenray Yorkies

Stratoz said...

hit some major doldrums this week, strange since the snow and ice stopped, maybe knowing it was still February???? Your beautiful photos do lift my spirit.

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