|1. Purple Cattleya (skinneri?) orchid|
Today, for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for December 2011, I have my beloved cattleya orchid giving me some "twin happiness" with twin blooms, i.e. 2 stalks with 3 flowers each. This orchid had been quite inactive for a long time, growing only roots and shoots and babies. It has not bloomed since 2009. Can you imagine this - no blooms for the whole of 2010 and most of 2011?
Despite being so unpredictable and an eccentric, this 'temperamental' orchid is my favourite. It is the only plant I 'talk' to in my garden. It had made me laugh and it had made me cry and want to pull all my hair out in desperation of getting/waiting for it to bloom but when it blooms, I'll be in seventh heaven! It may be ordinary but it is my most precious orchid and is the inspiration for the start of My Nice Garden, both at home and in cyberspace (blog).
Now, finally a pleasant surprise to help me end my year with a BANG!
|2. Purple Dendrobium Candy Stripe|
|3. Purple Dendrobium Camdy Stripe|
“GBBD Dec 2011”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on December 15th, 2011.
|4 . Pinkish white Dendrobium Suree Peach|
My Dendrobium crumenatum also bloomed during this time but the flowers last only a day. In fact all my orchids are blooming. Due to bad weather, I can't take photos today, hence the photos are taken between 16 Nov and 14 Dec 2011, i.e. after last month's GBBD.
We have cloudy skies and it is raining every day, at odd times like the mid-afternoon when it should be hot and sunny. One moment the sky is clear, the next moment the it is very very dark and suddenly there's a down pour, sometimes a freak storm and floods in certain places. There is even lightning and thunder when I can still see the sun shining brightly!
One consolation is that perhaps due to the cold weather, most of my plants and all my orchids are blooming.
|5. Red Pentas|
|6. Pink rose|
|7. Tricolour rose|
|8. Pineapple flowers|
|9. Mistletoe Fig|
|10. Santa the magician-comedian|
Now that it is still 2 weeks before Christmas, do you have any idea where is Santa Claus? Well here he is at a busy shopping mall in Malaysia making children happy as a magician! Ho Ho Ho...
Besides being a judge for colouring contests, he will also pose as a model for family portraits and photography sessions. In your place/country, what other part-time jobs does Santa do while waiting for the big day to come?
How are you celebrating this Christmas?
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden on the 15th of every month. To participate and/or to view what is blooming in gardens around the world, please visit the link here.
Updated 16 Dec 2011:
The names of the orchids has been added in the photo captions.
My grateful thanks to En Ahmad Makarimi of Orchid de Dangau blog.