Hooray: Two of my Orchids are in Flower Today!

Hooray: Two of my Orchids are in Flower Today!

Back in January I moved house.  It was a nerve wracking and anxious time, made more difficult because I grow a lot of plants inside terrariums, bottle gardens, and orchidariums, which I can’t bear to be parted from.  These enclosures all needed to be emptied and washed up, and the plants and glassware required careful packaging and wrapping.  The majority of these plants struggle when removed from the humid growing conditions inside their enclosures and due to this and the fact that all the plants require light to stay alive, meant that ideally all of the terrariums, orchidariums, and bottle gardens would need to be emptied and the plants prepared the day before everything was transported to our new home.  Naturally with so many plants to chaperone this was impossible, and as a result I spent the previous seven days tentatively prepping my plants, unable to do as much as I wanted.  By the time we got to two days before the move, an intense amount of work had gone into labelling and partially wrapping plants and arranging them in lanes, prepped and ready for the fastest entry into their respective enclosures.  Nearby houseplants formed an impenetrable shield; whilst many of our other belongings had been grouped one on top of the other to form tall towers that left as much floorspace as possible available for plants.

In the few months before the move, I invited removal companies to visit so they could give us a quote.  Most of these company representatives politely declined soon after stepping inside the front door claiming our home was, ‘beautiful but too much for us’ or ‘really quite breath-taking to visit but with so much glass and plants it’s not something we’d want to move ourselves’.

I am incredibly grateful to the fantastic guys from the removal company we used.  I have a lot of terrariums, orchidariums, and bottle gardens, and back in January when we moved here I had hundreds of plants.  Moving it all really was a mammoth task!

I have four particularly large and incredibly heavy terrariums.  At times I couldn’t bear to look, as the gents carried our terrariums, plants, pots, and belongings through awkward doorways to get outside.  Once outdoors there was no let up with an immediate ninety degree turning before they headed up an icy flight of steps and then turned again for the final few steps and then headed out under my beloved Wisteria and through the gate and onto the ice-covered pavement and road.

I was elated when we arrived at our new home.  The hard work paid off and all of my terrariums, orchidariums, bottle gardens, and plants were intact and looked just as good as they had at my previous home.  I feel fortunate that every single member of the team that moved us was truly amazing; they were experienced, hard working, organised, and really listened to what we needed and delivered us safely to our new home.

Unexpectedly, our heating broke the day after we moved in.  The weather was an icy -7C (or less) outside and we experienced temperatures of under 10C for a few days indoors.  The temperatures dipped and rose each day but these temperatures were murderous for a large swathe of my plants.  The vast majority of the plants that survived were sorely punished by the cold and left shrunken and withered, having become fragments of their former selves.

It was really rather heartbreaking at the time – hence, I’ve not written about my orchid collection for a while.  The plants that survived the trauma are not looking their best but we’re still together and I’m hoping we’ll live happily ever after.

Asplenium fissum

It’s not just my orchids that suffered, I lost a lot of houseplants, too.  This is Asplenium fissum, one of my much loved terrarium ferns….

Before we moved house I had hundreds of these dainty Asplenium fissum ferns on the left hand side of the picture. I am so grateful that these two tiny plants survived the move.

I was so relieved when I found these tiny Asplenium fissum ferns alive inside this terrarium!  I adore these little ferns.  I was growing Asplenium fissum inside a number of other terrariums, but those ferns didn’t survive long once our heating stopped working.  Most of my Asplenium fissum ferns were eliminated on the first night.

Aerangis hyaloides flowers

Here’s one of my tiny Aerangis orchids pictured in flower in February 2023. This dainty little orchid lifted my spirits – it’s just so cute!

Aerangis hyaloides is such a darling of a plant.  This miniature epiphytic orchid is stunningly beautiful.  I had a lot of plants and so I might be wrong, but I think that some of my older Aerangis hyaloides plants died when the temperatures dropped.

Here’s one of my Aerangis hyaloides orchids in bloom in February 2023. I adore these orchids. The moss on this plant has died back, as I had to keep my plants drier due to the drop in temperature whilst our heating was not working, as orchids are more likely to survive low temperatures in drier conditions.

I am thrilled to share with you two more orchids that survived the move and are actually flowering today.  Hurrah!  I’ll show you a picture of each orchid that I took a couple of years ago and I picture of them both this weekend – here we go….

A look back at one of my Phalaenopsis deliciosa plants….

Phalaenopsis deliciosa, pictured in flower on the 13th July 2020.

Here’s one of my Phalaenopsis deliciosa orchids.

See the same Phalaenopsis deliciosa plant in flower today……

I bought this Phalaenopsis deliciosa orchid about seven or eight years ago. I grew this plant inside my Orchidarium for a number of years, but when I moved house I changed things around and introduced this orchid to my Rainforest Terrarium.
Here’s a closer look at this Phalaenopsis deliciosa specimen’s flowers. This particular plant has been blooming for two or three months. Pictured on the 23rd September 2023.
I cannot detect any scent from Phalaenopsis deliciosa flowers, but these small pink and ivory flowers are very pretty. Pictured on the 23rd September 2023.

A look back at my Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta plant….

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in bloom on the 14th September 2021.

Here’s my Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta plant in flower a couple of years ago…..

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta in flower, on the 12th October 2021.
A closer look at Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta in flower. Pictured on the 12th October 2021.

See my Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta plant now!

Here’s my Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticita plant today!

This is Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta. I bought this plant as a tiny seedling about seven or eight years ago.

This plant actually has three flowering stems.  There aren’t as many flowers on this Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta plant today as their were back in January 2023, when I packed this plant up ready to move, but it’s amazing that after a gruelling experience this resilient Aerangis is in bloom.

My Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta plant’s flowers have got a light coating of algae. This plant is growing inside my Tall Orchidarium, which needs emptying and cleaning. Emptying this Orchidarium is a mammoth job – I need two or three clear consecutive days to accomplish it successfully. Frustratingly, I can only dream of having so much available time at the moment and I’d rather not take the risk of upsetting the orchids that are still re-establishing themselves.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta flowers have a light fragrance that’s sweet but faint. You need a close encounter with the flowers to take in their delicate perfume. Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta is pictured on the 23rd September 2023.

I’m so grateful that these orchids survived and are flowering.  Plants have such a capacity to brighten our lives, I know my life is so much better when I am surrounded by plants.

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One thought on “Hooray: Two of my Orchids are in Flower Today!

  1. Emma

    September 24, 2023 at 10:04am

    Very beautiful !

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      Pumpkin Beth

      September 24, 2023 at 10:30am

      Thank you, Emma. I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Best wishes, Beth

  2. Skip Oliver

    September 24, 2023 at 11:27am

    That is amazing Beth and how satisfying! This symbolises hope for me this morning. Every one of Mother Nature’s little micro miracles is a lesson we can all learn to improve ourselves. Resilience reaps rewarding beauty and growth. Well done little fellas and hats off to you Beth. Skip xxx

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      Pumpkin Beth

      September 24, 2023 at 11:30am

      Hello Skip, it’s great to hear from you! I hope you’re well and happy and having a lovely weekend. xxx

  3. Barb

    September 24, 2023 at 12:22pm

    Dear Beth
    What a delightful outcome to what must have been a traumatic time last January. Congratulations to your moving team, I bet that was actually an exciting challenge for them – they probably still talk about it!
    Best wishes

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      Pumpkin Beth

      September 24, 2023 at 1:33pm

      Hello Barb

      Thank you for your lovely message. I was so lucky to find such a great removal team – I am sure they all have lots of interesting stories!

      I hope your pond is doing well. I will have a new pond update very soon.

      Best wishes

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