Our orchids (many of which have been gifts over the years) are showering us with blossoms this Christmas season.
The early cold weather has mean't that the plants have been spending most of their time indoors where I've been able to enjoy them even more.
And, their scent, especially in the morning is heavenly. It makes me feel like I'm living in a florist shop.
I'm always amazed that a tightly wrapped bud produces such a large...completely perfect...flower. How that happens is truly a mystery of nature.
Both of these orchids are gifts from my mom. As her plants grew larger, she split them and shared them with me. Her same plants are also loaded with blossoms right now. Her light colored one has 10 flowers on it. It's amazing!
They love hanging in the shade of the Live oak, and hopefully they'll be outdoors again for a while before another cold front arrives.
These phaeleonopsis blossoms will last for months.
The cattleya blossoms don't last as long...a few weeks at most, but they are the most beautiful.
Here they are enjoying a good soaking and a little time outdoors in between cold snaps.
I hope all of you will find a "gift that keeps on giving" under your Christmas tree this year. :-)