Thursday, July 3, 2008
Our orchids have been moved to their summer home on the south-facing porch on the main floor of the house. Their long-lasting blooms have survived the change and continue to delight.
This one was a gift from our "daughter" Monica, and we enjoy pleasant thoughts of her each time we pass by. All the plants enjoy the heat and humidity of the summer on the porch.
Our outdoor oval gardens come into flower. Self-sown larkspur plants provide height, and the ageratum and alysum begin to fill in along the edge. If you click on the picture, you will see a few orange strawflowers. Overall, these did not do well, but some developing statice will add to our dried-flower collection.
This is a close-up of one orchid speciman. The veins give the plant an organic look, and the stamen shows the pink and white to attract passing insects. This is a good example of the intoxicating beauty and the strong visual appeal of such plants. And it easily displays the evidence of how many people respond with respect and devotion!