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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 9, 2014 at 6:53pm

I have put it outside again and the spikes have grown even longer, but still no flowers open, they will just stay like that now until spring and some warm sun. My other orchids are the same growing spikes but not opening.

Comment by mo puff on July 1, 2014 at 9:27am

I like red brick...sorry Vicky.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 30, 2014 at 8:09pm

Too bad about the orchid timing, Keryn, but we'll definitely want to see lots of pics when it's in bloom, even if it misses your local orchid show.  Its' definitely full of promise!  

Thanks for the interior pic too, such a nice, cozy looking space.  So fun.

Happy house planting all,


Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 29, 2014 at 8:09pm

Mo, I brought the pot like that, its a half pot and usually sits up against a tree truck out side. My house is not newly decorated its been like that for years. But I still like the cottage or old style, so it suits me and suits the style and age of the house.

Comment by Vicky Myers on June 29, 2014 at 11:18am

Keryn I have 3 of those wooden tables. Trying to get the old metal table out of here so I can bring one in. I had one in the kitchen, one in the dinning room and the other at one time in the craft room at the old house. That is a nice area you've done, just my 2 cents worth but I prefer red bricks painted white. I think the plants would show up even better. But that is just me, some things bug me like that.

My huge Swiss cheese plant is still at Marsha's house since she has way more room than I do. I so need to finish getting junk out of here and set up the bedrooms. My whole house needs a revamping. I bought a blue orchid pot a while back for only $1.99 and it is a big one, just need to figure out how to get the plant out of the pot it is crammed into now. It was given to Wilma before she died. It was one that they made blue before, don't know if I can ever get it to bloom again. I dragged a couple of boxes in from the trailer that have all my organic fertilizers in them, now I just have to learn and start using them.

Comment by mo puff on June 29, 2014 at 5:27am

Keryn, what a great display area. So clever and beautiful too! I am sad for you not going to show your orchid, but we all want to see it when it opens. It looks very interesting, what kind is it and how did you cut the pot in half?

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 28, 2014 at 9:00pm

This is my revamped indoor orchid garden, I kicked the ferns out they don,t need to inside. Also my dinning room which used to be the kitchen with a wood stove in that chimney, when we brought the place 30 years ago.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 28, 2014 at 8:55pm

Phalaeopsis, Moth orchid, native to South East Asia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Queensland Aus. Needs temperatures over 15c or 60f  Humid shade. I have this inside for winter , and will but out in spring.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 28, 2014 at 8:47pm

With only 3 days until this has to be open for the Orchid show, its not going to happen . I will have to ring them and let them know. SAD I can,t make the sun shine and rain is forecast .

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 28, 2014 at 11:56am

Great that you've got 'Curly' too, Keryn, that's fun.  I've got my large one, and then several seedlings too.  Well, they're not really seedlings any more, I guess they're plants-from-seed, hah.  They DO come true from seed by the way.  All babies that I've grown or friends have grown from seed I've shared, have all been 'Curly'.  Fun plants for sure.

Thanks for sharing your moisture meter.  I've never used one but it DOES sound really useful, especially for plants that want to dry out all the way and are still wet deeper down.  Neat!  

Just for fun all, here's an asparagus fern of mine (great houseplants, and hardy outside here just fine) making some variegated leaves.  What a fun little surprise.  Lots of other pics in my June 2014 gardening photo album so take a look if your'e bored or curious, hah!  Happy gardening! 


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