December 7, 2007

NEW ADDITION TO THE INDOOR GARDEN


Masdevallia 'Aquarius '


My daughter, the houseplant expert, brought over this sweet little plant on Thanksgiving. It is an orchid that blooms several times a year and unlike others, it enjoys being kept moist.

I didn't know we had a famous orchid grower right here in the Chicago area. Aquarius came from the famous Hausermann Orchid growers , the largest in the Midwest. You can visit them at www.orchidsbyhausermann.com.

Hausermann has a fabulous selection and the prices aren't bad either. There's even an orchid of the month club for $25 which would make a nice gift for a gardening geek.

11 comments:

  1. What an unusual looking orchid. I haven't seen one like it before and I love the lemon color of the flowers.

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  2. Wow. I think I must have me one of those beauties!

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  3. Thanks, Ki and Kylee. I like the fact that it's yellow, therefore, cheerful and blooms several times a year. Foilage is neat as well.

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  4. I'm glad to hear Hausermann's is still going strong. Over 20 years ago, my sister did an article on them for a local paper where she worked at the time. 'Aquarius' is very cute!

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  5. Thanks, MMD. Watch those slippery slopes today ! Snow is one thing, but ICE ! Yuk.

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  6. That is a gorgeous Orchid - very unusual and a wonderful colour for this time of year! It looks great with the orange pot too!

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  7. Thanks, Kate. I do love the color and the fact that it repeats its blooms.

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  8. What a great flower. It looks like a Dali painting.

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  9. Thanks, MBT. Dali was some painter wasn't he ?

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  10. Will you be sharing the care of this orchid? It's beautiful, but I've a poor track record of keeping them alive.

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  11. Sure. It needs moderate light and unlike most orchids it likes to be kept moist. I think the reason most people don't have luck with orchids is that they water them too much.

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