Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring is Here!. . . Season's 1st Cymbidium

Spring is here when flowers boom! This is a picture of my yellow cymbidium orchid that is currently living in front of the window in my living room. It needs bright light in the daytime and cooler temperatures at night which will help the blooms last longer. I just love orchids. . . they grow like weeds and thrive on neglect! My kind of plants. lol
This is a single-spike plant but has 11 lovely blooms on it this year. The blooms usually last a couple of months. My red/white phalaenopsis currently has one bud but has yet to open up and bloom. It can be hard to wait for these beauties to open up and reveal their splendor. When the next ones bloom, I will post more pictures.
Yesterday and last night I spent wrestling with PPing--- I need to make 30 more heart blocks. I practically destroyed the area I was sewing in! What a MESS! LOL. I wonder if my Homeowner's Insurance Policy covers home-destruction by paper-piecing! lol. I think I will crawl back to the safety of the "applique corner!" Oh well, by the time I reached the sixth heart, I finally got a feel for the process. . . I think. :) This next series of hearts are for the "Special H2H" swap that I am in with six other ladies: two from Canada, two from Europe [Germany & Poland], and two from the USA. We are making five different Special hearts for each of the six of us. So now I'm making 30 more hearts! *grin*. I seem to be having a love affair with pinks and reds lately, so making 70+ hearts [total of both swaps] should quench the thirst! lol. Only time will tell.
All for now. . . toodles and thanks for stopping by,
PS: I 'found' the macro button on my digital camera. Perhaps there is digital imaging hope for me afterall! lol.
PPSS: I put a new 'button' on this blog: "Today's Flower". Please scroll way down to just above the 'labels' area on the lower right side of this blog to find the widget you can click on to get to their site.... lot's of beautiful flowers there... I'm waiting to see if my orchid image will post as the Guest flower of the day... crossing fingers. *vbg*


Gill - That British Woman said...

what a lovely orchid, I have never tried to grow them, maybe in the new house.......

Gill in Canada

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful Cyn:)! I have African Viotets...they love neglect too! Elaine in SLO, Ca

Cathi said...

Absolutely gorgeous orchid!

Elly D said...

WOW Cyn! There are some blooms on that there orchid!! It's beautiful! I think my orchid would get a booby prize for just staying blooms for me.. not a peep. You are meant to cut the dead storks off when they finish flowering aren't you?? hugs Elly

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Cyn,
Thanks for posting for TODAY'S FLOWERS.
Lovely orchids and flowers on your post.
Hope you post every week!

I wish you became a "Guest Friend"


Cyn said...

Yup, it’s a good idea to cut the stems back to the base area of the bulb after all the blooms are spent. I also pinch off blooms as they begin to whither rather than leave them on the stem. Helps the plant look better, I think.
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments, I appreciate it. Now that I’ve found the ‘macro’ button on my digital camera and figured out how to work it, I feel encouraged to take other close-up pictures.