What's Blooming under a Polar Vortex

Orchid What's Blooming under a Polar Vortex

08 March 2015
Lots of Snow
Lots of Snow
Ordinarily, we'd be bathing in daffodils by now. This year, there's not even a sniff of a snowdrop beneath all this snow.
So there's nothing but to look for what's in bloom indoors (even if it's so darned cold that even the Christmas cacti are trying to rebloom for Easter).
Dendrobium
Dendrobium "Little Green Apples"
My all-time most reliable orchid. It blooms on old growth as well as new, and the blooms hold on forever. I'd argue it's in bloom for nearly nine months of the year.
Dendrobium
Dendrobium "Children of Emmeron"
Pretty and subtle. But only time will tell if it will live up to its brother's standard.
Two phals, also showing themselves to be good sports about reblooming:
Phalenopsis
Phalenopsis "Taipei gold x Reuy Lih Beauty"
Phalenopsis
Phalenopsis
Calanthe rosea
Calanthe rosea
A deciduous terrestrial orchid from Myanmar and Thailand with the disconcerting habit of blooming only after it has dropped all its leaves. So, the completely counterintuitive care cycle is, water and fertilize regularly while it is blooming and creating new growth in winter and spring, then stop watering when the leaves turn brown and fall off in the summer, and wait for the new flower spikes to appear. I'll let you know how that goes.
Leptotes bicolor
Leptotes bicolor
Admit it. Leptotes are just so darned cute! ( Almost as cute as Rocky, the flying squirrel, who's busy filching Fasolt's food when he's not knocking over orchids on the sunporch. ) Apparently Leptotes is often used for a substitute for vanilla flavoring.
Rocky, the Thieving Squirrel
Rocky, the Thieving Squirrel
Speaking of Rocky, Gary Larson commented in his "The Far Side" comic strip, "I've discovered an interesting phenomenon. Once you've drawn Rocky the Flying Squirrel, you can never draw him again. In the final version, I must have drawn and erased that miserable little rodent fifty times, and he ultimately ended up looking like Rocky the Flying Hamster."
© - Erica Obey
Photos © - George Baird