The relentless rain and stormy weather is continuing here in Britain, we are well into the third winter month and the third month of the same pattern of days and days of rain and wind with the odd single day of clear and sunshine. For me here in London, this winter has mostly meant a very mild winter. I have not suffered any flooding like many people have done here in the south. But my garden is so saturated with water that I am wondering if everything will survive or if bulbs and herbaceous plants has started to rot. Every time I lift up one of my several hundred pots and containers in my garden, a flood of water runs out of the bottom. It feels strange after having worried about getting enough water to my garden last summer when we had such a long spell of warm weather. It seems a rather long time ago now, but it is only 7 months ago.
The next 10 days is just same-ol’ story we have seen for months.
So with this weather I am being cooped up in my house a lot more than I am used to, and a lot more than I like. I am getting cabin fever. I thought I would present you with some indoor plants for a change – from my kitchen, this is where I keep my orchids as they would not like the window sill in my living room, right above a big radiator with very dry and hot air.
The only window I have in my kitchen is this one, with this tiny window sill. The orchids are fighting for space here and as you can see, I have too many so they alternate on getting a window seat. Every time I water them, one of those on the work surface get to move up to a prime space and one of the other has to go down for a couple of weeks. I have too many orchids....
....and I have one more orchid than this, but it is on my bathroom window sill, not in flower right now so it will be allowed back when it comes into bud and swap place with one of the other. At the moment I have three orchids in flower, but I hope two more will follow soon, there are tiny signs of that :-)
Most of my orchids are Phalaenopsis’, one is a Dendrobium kingianum and one is an Oncydium. And to the far right on the previous photo, on the work surface is the only plant that isn’t an orchid, a Bromelia.
My orchids have spectacular colours and I never get tired of the intricate patterns.
I can’t think of a more photogenic flower – well perhaps with the exception of some roses!
Some of the orchids produce masses of flowers, some only a few. I am not sure why that is, I don’t think it has to do with their age as this one always produce just a few and it is quite old.
And this one is quite a primadonna, leaving me waiting for ages. It hasn’t flowered for almost 2 years, which is quite normal for this beauty.
But I think it is well worth the wait, don’t you?
But this one on the other hand, flowered for 5 months last year, I think I picked the last flower in May and it started flowering again before Christmas.
You can see why these phalaenopsis orchids are also called Moth Orchids, with flowers shaped like this.
And this one has 8 of these big flowers....
....all nicely colour coordinated with my red kitchen walls :-)
I have plants in my living room too, but at the moment they are not much to show off; in addition to my big house plants I have two amaryllis just started off and some Lily of the Valley I took inside a month ago that has just peeked up above the soil. I will post photos when they come into flower.
I have so many things I want to do in the garden, so many plans! I just need a bit better weather so I can get out there and get started. My next post will be Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th and I fear it will be photo sessions under the umbrella again, but I will do my best - come back and have a look as I have lots of plants in flower, despite the weather :-)
Until next time, take care.