This morning I was in the mood for more orchids, so I took a walk to the Home Depot over in Gowanus, which is really not easy to get to on foot. It’s rather sketchy over in those parts (very industrial), but I made it there and back in one piece and with TWO new orchids! The Lowe’s was on my way home so I figured, what the hell, I may as well stop in there too. And, well—as usual—I couldn’t resist. The orchid I got at HD is this lovely dark red Phal that looks more on the magenta side in this photo:
Then at Lowe’s, I picked out this lovely yellow specimen for its unique petal shape. Most orchids you’ll find at big box stores have those big round petals, but this orchid’s petals are almost angular, giving the blooms a star-like shape. And I liked the coloring, too—yellow with just a hint of green, and white and pink in the center.
During this visit to Lowe’s I didn’t feel like such a crazy orchid freak, because there was another woman there obsessing over which orchid(s) to buy. She even made a comment to me, saying “I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with finding the right one!” We agreed that most of the orchids there were in pretty good shape, which made it hard decide which one to take home. At least we weren’t fighting over the same orchid…that could have gotten ugly. 🙂
Below you’ll see a photo of both of my new orchids—you can see the true color of the red one a bit better in this photo. AND, each plant has TWO flower spikes!
I need to repot these babies and trim away any of the rotten material. I also need to clean off the leaves, as both plants have some white spotting on the foliage (nothing to be concerned about, sometimes that’s just from minerals in the water). I’ll take a paper towel soaked in vinegar to wipe the spots off—a nice eco- and plant-friendly way to clean them.
Happy New Orchid Day to me! 😀