February 20, 2010


I didn't expect to do any gardening this early in the season, but then....
I saw this
( is this a fairy's garden ? )

The tree and shrub lot of Gethsemane Garden Center

Gethsemane's Gift Shop
A feast for the Eyes

The greenhouse orchid section

Phalaenopsis 'green valley ' aka the Moth Orchid

Oncidium now known as Psychopsis papilio 'Ram's head '

I was just going to stop by the garden center to check the schedule for this season when I made the mistake of stepping into the greenhouse. Spring had arrived ! I was surrounded by fragrance ( jasmine in the air ) and flowers everywhere. I was drawn to the two orchids above -Oncidium 'ram's head ' and Phalaenopsis 'green valley ' and they practically jumped into my bag so I adopted them. I was told that this particular variety of Oncidium blooms for about 5 to 6 weeks and then flowers continue to grow and bloom for 5 straight years. Well how can anyone resist that? The Phalaenopsis is also a re-bloomer . Aren't they gorgeous?

Everyone tells me how easy it is to grow orchids and that most are killed by too much attention. I feel more confident now that I have my rosy-glow grow light.

I was invigorated by my visit to the greenhouse. I loved the minature garden complete with wheelbarrow, hoe, shovel, stones and plants. Looks like the fairies are at it again.

Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago
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  1. Carolyn, Thanks so much for the Spring inspiration! I love the fairy garden and the green balls hanging from the ceiling in the shop. Very cool! I'm so glad we found each other on blotanical. It's so wonderful to glean information from other Great Lakes gardeners! Lauren (grandgardener)

  2. Nothing like a visit to a garden center to lift those winter-weary spirits, Carolyn. This looks like a fabulous place. Who can blame you for bringing home those gorgeous orchids!


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