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…the patio plants remarked in unison as they peered through the sliding glass door which separates the outdoor patio garden and the land of the houseplants.

Purple and White Cineraria springs from its planter

Purple and White Cineraria springs from its planter

Indeed, historically the stand-out flowers of my garden have lived outside on the patio and not indoors. There have been a couple of exceptions; the Paphiopedillum Callosum Orchid being the most notable of such exceptions; however, she only bloomed once, though I would love if she would grace me with another her glorious slippers! With the recent addition of Cineraria and Primula to my indoor plant collection though, the outdoor patio now has a serious contender for stand-out flowers at Casa de Froio!

The window box in glorious bloom

The window box in glorious bloom

Primula and Cineraria apparently really like each others company!

Primula and Cineraria apparently really like each others company!

Pastel blue Cineraria

Pastel blue and Sparking White Cineraria

Still, one should never count out the patio garden’s potential and this week; as in weeks past, the patio garden did not disappoint! The Pansy, Viola, and Primrose continue to be a long-lasting source of beauty which entices me outside quite often. There is also a wonderful anticipation waiting for me outside in the shape of what I hope to be right around the corner; a sea of glorious Snapdragon blooms!!

The snapdragon plants now tower above the pansy and viola

The snapdragon plants now tower above the pansy and viola

There are still no buds on the snapdragon stalks, so my anticipation may be premature as my past snapdragon have usually waited until mid-summertime to start blooming. Although with the unseasonably warmer temperatures that Oakland had this spring, I do hold out some hope for early blooms! Looking back through my post from last year, I may have to wait until July; however, I am hopeful for May or June – I suppose that only time will tell!

Elsewhere around the garden the Pansy (Supreme Clear Scarlet and Majestic Giants II – White/Blotch), the Viola (Helen Mount, Penny Yellow, and Pandora’s Box), and the Primrose (Pacific Giant Blue and Purple Supernova) continue to thrive and poke and peer from every corner of the patio.

Supreme Clear Scarlett and Majestic Giant Pansy

Supreme Clear Scarlett and Majestic Giant Pansy

Slightly smaller; yet still impressive, Supreme Clear Scarlet pansy

Slightly smaller; yet still impressive, Supreme Clear Scarlet pansy

Helen Mount Viola surround a Majestic Giant

Helen Mount Viola surround a Majestic Giant

Ms. Jade continues on her road to full recovery from her unceremonious dumping and is thriving in her new redwood planter box! It appears that the Primula that I added to her planter like it as much as she does!

Ms. Jade continues her road to recovery!

Ms. Jade continues her road to recovery!

Ms. Jade's new neighbor, Primula Acaulis White

Ms. Jade’s new neighbor, Primula Acaulis White

Down at the far end of the garden in the big yellow planter box; the Hydrangea are leafing out nicely and should be ready to bloom right about the same time the Snapdragon are blooming, which will be a wonderful color-explosion for Summer that I am very much looking forward to. In addition, the bulbs that I received from my ex-wife last year have just begun to send up their first shoots of the season and I am hopeful that I will have another guest appearance of the glorious Amaryllis bloom of last year. That Amaryllis was hands down, no contenders need apply, easily the most beautiful flower I have ever seen, let alone was able to grow!

The Hydrangea Return

The Hydrangea Return

A bulb bursts to life!

A bulb bursts to life!

The Euphorbia continues her  flowering stage

The Euphorbia continues her flowering stage

Finally today, I leave you with these parting shots; I just really liked them and thought that I would share!

Purple Supernova Primrose

Looking up through the Purple Supernova Primrose

Unknown Purple Daisy

Unknown Purple Daisy

Until next update –

HAPPY GARDENING FRIENDS!!

~ Noah

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It appears that my little orchid is actually a Paphiopedilum Orchid – and will bloom into a single large ‘lady’s slipper‘ type flower. The petals are beginning to spread and the ‘slipper’ is beginning to develop in the center. I can’t wait to see how the color develops.

Hello World!

I found this website, Beautiful Orchids, across the bay in San Francisco, which has a great gallery of Paphiopedilum Orchid’s in bloom. Mine may be the ‘Black Lady’s Slipper’, at least that is the closest I can find that looks like my little girl in her current stage of flowering.

A wider view - the petals open to reveal her lovely slipper

Top-Side view as the bloom begins her emergence

One more - Paphiopedilum orchid opens her wings and takes flight

My other Orchids are doing well, no sign of flower spikes, but that is okay – they are healthy and appear to be enjoying their place in my home. I was quite anxious when my friend dropped them off with me, having never cared for an Orchid, and only hearing the typical stories of how difficult and ‘only for advanced’ gardeners they were. Well, don’t believe the hype my friends, they are plants, if you can keep a more traditional houseplant alive and healthy, you can most likely keep an Orchid alive and healthy as well.

The best advice I can give from my own personal experience:

  • Do some research – how can you make your environment more like their native environment?
  • Follow growing advice as respects watering – I only water them about every 7 to 10-days – watering deeply when I do water
  • Use a good growing medium for your orchid – a bag of Orchid bark is about $7.00 and worth every penny
  • Check for signs of damage and/or need – is the pseudobulb shriveled a bit? more water. Are the leaves yellowing? less sun

I recently re-potted all of my Orchids with a commercially available Orchid bark, and have been watering them only when they appear to be need it (about every 7 – 10-days) and they are doing much, much better than when I initially took them in.

I must have made every error one can make with an Orchid (short of killing them). I left them outside – in the full sun (bad!) and they showed definite signs of burning, so I moved them indoors (into the bathroom = no light = bad!), then I finally moved them to the bookshelf in front of the sliding glass patio door where they receive bright indirect sunlight and with the sliding door open, receive much-needed air circulation. I also asked a lot of questions; seeking advice from bloggers, horticulturists, my local plant store – if you do the basics, you too can keep and bloom these exotic beauties!

New bark = New center foliage = new flower spike?

Growing new foliage and looking happy!

Have a great weekend everyone!! I am off to enjoy my patio! ~Noah


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