Brooklyn Orchids

Orchid Progress Report: Blooms and Possible Keikis

One of my Zygopetalums has bloomed!!! It’s the NOID one that I bought at Trader Joe’s in June 2010, and I am so in love with it (click image to see larger version):

Three glorious blooms!

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Blooming Bonanza, a Rescued Orchid, & an RIP

In the past week, THREE of my orchids have bloomed, starting with this adorable harlequin orchid on Valentine’s Day:

Love the pale yellow background of the bloom…and the spotted buds

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Orchid of the Week: Phalaenopsis White Dream

I missed posting an Orchid of the Week yesterday because my boyfriend and I made a trip to Spa Castle, a really awesome and affordable Korean Day spa in Queens. I’m posting today instead, and my visit to the spa got me thinking about how some spas use white Phalaenopsis orchids in their advertising. And in movies/on TV, a lot of spas and massage places have white orchids as part of their decor. I suppose these orchids with long sprays of giant, pure white blooms are synonymous with relaxation and pampering in the spa world. So…this week’s orchid is the Phalaenopsis White Dream, apparent spa orchid of choice:

Photo credit: garden-photos-com.photoshelter.com
Photo credit: rangiku, orchidboard.com
Photo credit: orchidsbyhausermann.com
Photo credit: bloom-japan.net

Amazingly, I don’t have one of these in my own collection, though they are popular and sold almost everywhere I go to buy orchids. However, my friend recently received a big white orchid (actually 2 plants potted together) at work from a vendor, and I’m going to pick it up from her office so that I can pot the plants separately and care for them at home. I will be the proud owner of these “spa orchid” beauties very soon!  🙂

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