Sunday, October 19, 2008

Orchid you not

Heh heh...I like puns...

Anyway, Ms. Joanna has a fabulous, flowering orchid that I'm rather envious of (but it can't convince me to move to FL), and I've agreed to share a photo of our not-so-fabulous and definitely not-flowering orchid. I had bought a fake orchid which looks amazingly life-like and which graces our half-bath. Here's the photo; see if you can spot the fake. ;) I have faith that some day, our orchid will grow up to have beautiful flowers - like maybe when we ship it to Florida!

On another note, I finally finished hemming all the pants that I bought at thrift and consignment stores in Vancouver this past summer. Boy, I don't like to hem pants."The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet." ~ James Oppenheim

21 comments:

sherrieg said...

I had a real orchid once and promptly killed it. :( I'm so envious of Joanna's! And I spent a good part of P's nap yesterday hemming pants I bought at Frenchy's! :) Not my favourite thing, either.

Teresa R said...

Sherrie, If dh didn't take care of the plants, I probably wouldn't have any live ones in my house either. ;} Sounds like you hem pants a lot faster than I do at least (or else P takes loooong naps...LOL!).

Carrie @ Under the Willow said...

I would probably never be able to grow such a delicate flower as an orchid...so I'll just enjoy everyone's pics!

On another note...I also HATE to hem pants! But if I found a really good buy I would do it.

Teresa R said...

Carrie-Gigi, I hear orchids aren't that hard to grow...I can't confirm that, of course. ;D

Wow, you also don't like to hem pants? There must be tons of us out there who enjoy sewing but hate to hem!

Teresa R said...

p.s. yeah, that's why I do hem...those thrift store finds are too good to pass up (and it's so hard to find pants that fit well). And, if there's anything more difficult than hemming pants, it's making your own pants.

amber said...

oh wow! your orchid is beautiful (compared to how mine would look) Lets face it, you saw my grapes...and those need like no care lol

Suds to Love said...

I'm the type of person that can kill most plants, indoor and outdoor. With the exception, for some reason of Vinca (spelled wrong I'm sure). It keeps creeping around the yard and I keep using brute strength to pull it all up, but it keeps coming back.

Teresa R said...

Amber, um, you do know the one with flowers is plastic, right? LOL!!

Suds, I hear ya...I have a brown thumb myself, which is why I make a good weeder. ;) And you did spell vinca right!

Michelle said...

Hey Teresa!

At least your orchid has green leaves....all my plants leaves turn yellow and crumple when you touch them! The pants look fabulous! :)

Teresa R said...

Michelle, there are s few yellow/dead leaves on that plant. ;> Thanks...a couple are pretty dress pants, and a couple are comfy jeans.

diane said...

Well, I found something out yesterday on 'Gardeners'Question Time' on the radio. They said that orchids are easy to make flower again - you have to cut them back to the first bud on the flowering stem, after flowering has finished.

They laughed uproariously when the women who had asked the question said she had cut hers back to the first bud - from the bottom of the flowering stem - not the first bud away from the old flowers.
Oops. A very easy mistake to make and one I have made with every orchid I have owned - which is probably why they have never flowered a second time....

Joanna said...

I only had orchids once I moved to FL so I can only tell you what I was told, though it won't help you in the North. Ignore it. Hang it from a branch of a tree and don't water it. It will receive the amount of water it needs from the drips it receives from the rain dripping from the tree it's hanging from. The other thing...it need the pot that has the holes on the bottom (like mine), so their roots gets air. I think that is an important factor. Oh! one more thing: Don't water the plant. Use a spray bottle to spray the roots. Like I said. Only one out of two are in bloom and neither are hanging from a tree, but when I ignore them completely ----- well, that is when they bloom. Go figure!

Teresa R said...

Diane and Joanna, thanks for orchid tips! I've passed them along to dh, who has the green thumb in the family. ;>

I'm all for ignoring plants. It's what I do best!

The plant hasn't bloomed since we got it, so I'm not sure if we should be cutting anything...but I'll let dh figure it out. *grin*

Julie said...

I can't hem. I'm so terrible it's embarassing. One time I bought a Handi Stitch and broke it trying to load the thread. I admire you :)

Teri said...

I have several orchids that grow really well in my foyer. It's gotta be the light because I am not yet ready to believe that I have had anything to do with their success.

I am with you on the "not all the pants have beened hemmed yet" thing. I finally marked the hemlines for my daughter's jeans that I bought...three months ago!!! I am a slacker.

I really like the happiness quote. We are studying Aristotle and happiness right now in one of my philosophy classes. We learned how he said it is important to judge your happiness over a lifetime, not in the little spurts that we look forward to.

Thanks.

Tea Time With Melody said...

I was drawn to your blog by your strawberry short cake picture. Looks yummy. Great pics and a good read. I am not a green thumb although I wish I was. I have fake plants that actually take more maintenance. I try, that's what counts right?

Firefly mom said...

Yep - that's *exactly* why I only do fake orchids. I buy them, they look beautiful for a couple of weeks and then never bloom again.

Hey, I have some pants that need to be hemmed, too. Can I send them to you? ;D

Theresa/GardenFreshLiving said...

Okay -- confession here. I hate hemming pants so much, I just use masking tape on them. It holds up in the was about 3 times before I have to tape it again. Dumb...I know...But I HATE hemming!

Do you have an RSS feed for your blog? I don't see the button and I wanted to add you to my reader.
~Theresa

Teresa R said...

We should start a "Anti-Hemming" group! ;) Julie and Theresa's stories are pretty funny!

Teri, glad you like the quote; I need to keep finding them for myself as reminders. :}

Melody, thanks for coming by! Trying is what counts; I keep telling my kids that. ;)

Firefly Mom, you can send me all the pants you want, they'll just sit on my sewing table and gather dust like all my own clothes have done. ;D

Theresa, RSS feed....uh, I'll go see if I can put on up. I'm so techno-challenged sometimes, it's not funny. :}

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Epicure68 said...

It can't be that difficult to get an orchid to flower, afterall mom & dad manage. I think it's getting the right type of orchid for your environment. As for hemming, I thot that's why you bought pants while visiting Vancouver, so you can buy the discards from all the other short asians.