Good evening Folks ~ What a nice day we’ve had here in s.e. FL, even though it was partly cloudy and we had a few sprinkles this morning.
My friend, Ramona, and I had a date to go to the Mounts Botanical Orchid and Herb sale this morning. We both bought orchids and herbs. Oh my gosh,the orchids were amazing. Next time, I will take more pictures. I would have to say after roses, these are my next favorite flowers. We didn’t walk around the gardens today because it started to lightly rain, so we decided to leave. We spent a couple of hours there as it was, looking, deciding, then watching a little demonstration about making herb butter and cooking with herbs.
I found out that they do have a morning Herbal Society meeting the second Tuesday each month, so I plan to check that out. I think I would really enjoy that.
Ok, I’ll start with the orchids that caught my eye, but not my pocket-book. One lady even said to me, we take credit cards, and I told her I only brought a certain amount of $, left the credit card at home. Safer that way. I spent all the $ I took. A Valentine’s gift to myself.
~ The most highly coveted of ornamental plants,
the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid
represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. ~
These first photos are most of the tables set up inside, there were a couple more behind me that I forgot to take a picture of. There were a few more outside too in their little covered spaces.
I have to say that the majority of these were definitely out of my price range. This is a hobby more for the wealthy. But, I am thrilled with what I bought, and they are good orchids for novices like me. Exotics were the most expensive, of course.
OK, here are some of the beauties that caught my eye. Some took my breath away. Some are scented. I didn’t get names of them.
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I think these are the blooms of one of the orchids I bought. I bought a smaller pot and the plant has unopened blooms. They are scented.
This one really grabs me. I love it. I think the price tag for this one was around $30. The colors are amazing.
Here is another beauty, a lady slipper I think.
Next are the little sweeties that I bought. I bought 6 orchids for $40.
This orchid is
Phalaenopsis 'Sunflower', scented.
Here we have the one that I showed a picture of above, purple and white blooms.
Scented Dendrobium Nobile
You can read about it here.
These next three were 3 for $10. They are vandas. Babies or ‘seedlings’ as the tag said in the display
The next is my favorite orchid that I bought. It was the most expensive, $12, but I asked her if she would take $8, as it was all I had left. I had already bought two others from her, the yellow and the purple, @ $10 ea. She kindly accepted my offer. She had a great sense of humor and said “I suppose you’re going to want the name of this one too for your $8.” I laughed and said “Of course.” I had asked her the names of the other two already. There was only one of these in this tray in my price range, it most definitely stood out and grabbed my attention.
This is an ‘Izumu’ dendrobium
Well, that’s it from Plum Cottage.
I think I’ll watch the rest of part one of Louis L’Amours ~ ‘The Sacketts’. DH and I loved watching westerns. I watch movies on You-tube for free on my computer. I don’t have cable. I have heard of that wireless Roku box that you hook up to your computer and TV, so that I could watch on a larger screen. But, I haven’t done that yet, as it scares me. DH was the computer geek here in our home. I’m just little ol’ FlowerLady.
I’ll close with these two you-tube videos.
I found these two musicians recently and their music really touches me, heart and soul. I’ve always loved violin music and the guitar in this reminds me of my husband playing his guitar. He talked about, more than once in his life, playing in the big ‘jam session’ in heaven. I look forward to hearing him then. He will be soaring.
Guitar and Violin Cover by
IVAN & KEZIA
Happy Valentine’s Week
~ Love is Eternal ~