It is that time of the year again when cold weather and gloom are running rampant. However, it is also that time of year when my orchids feel the need to perform. This January two of my ten orchid plants have decided to bloom. It's always exciting when they bloom because I never remember the color of the flowers for any given plant. The photo above is one of my many phalaenopsis orchids. All of them have been good performers which I am very delighted with, if only the darkness of my house was just as kind to my other house plants. :)
This second photo is of my favorite oncidium orchid which has bloomed once a year ever since I got it. All the other oncidiums I have are rescues and only one of them have bloomed for me since I got them. Since the oncidiums' flowers are not nearly as long lived as the phalaenopsis' I didn't get around to taking photos of it before the flowers faded. As for the rest, I am holding out hope that with a few more years of tlc, they will have recovered enough to bloom again.
Here's the post of the bloomers from last year along with lessons learned on caring for orchids.
Technical Details for Phalaenopsis Aperture Value: f/20 Focal Length: 45 mm Exposure Program: Aperture Priority ISO: 200 Shutter Speed Value: 1.5 sec Filter: 4X Macro Filter Additional Equipment: Large tripod, decorative paper
Technical Details for Oncidium Aperture Value: f/20 Focal Length: 42 mm Exposure Program: Aperture Priority ISO: 200 Shutter Speed Value: 1 sec Filter: UV Additional Equipment: Large tripod, decorative paper