What's a girl to do? Make sure you have lots of orchids in the house!
Phalenopsis-type orchid and is super easy to keep and more importantly keep alive and have re-bloom. Sometimes even twice a year. But the big thing is once it blooms, it often go for months with new flowers.
This Phalenopsis orchid is a re-bloomer. It gave me flowers last year and is bringing me more this year.
This is a different type of orchid, called a Lady's Slipper or Cypridpedium. It's in the orchid family and one that can grow native in Wisconsin. This one is not a native but has been living with me for three years now and will bloom twice per year. Flowers on this type of orchid only last a week or so. Here's a picture of an actual native northwoods Cypridpedium growing at Beatons.
Phalenopsis are still my favorite - lots of colors and so easy to maintain. They bring such color and life to a wintery Wisconsin home. The new shoots pictured above are from my 4-6 year olds.
And Yay! I'm so excited for the 25th annual Orchid Quest at the coliseum on Feb 4 in Madison. I think I might have to acquire one or two newbies to join the pack.....