Saturday, October 09, 2010

PLEASE MEET MY 'NEW FRIEND' (ONCIDIUM EXCAVATUM)

'In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends."

~ Kozuko Okakura


Oncidium excavatum
(Hollow excavatum)

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Intergenerics are a large group of cool growing South American orchids. Many sizes, colors and shapes of long lasting exotic flowers

Light: Bright filtered light. No direct sun
Feed: Twice a month with half strength balanced liquid feed
Water : Keep evenly moist

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Here is an good link for beginners ~ basic care and identification of orchids.

( http://www.aboutorchids.com/identify/index.html )

35 comments:

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Truly exotic.

I don't grow any plants indoors, maybe I should and these could be a candidate, I like the fact you've labelled them under easy care orchids, perfect for me!

Christine B. said...

I think your friend would turn up it's toes and croak at my place. An admitted killer of plants that live indoors, orchids just plain scare the dickens out of me.

Christine in Alaska

Edith Hope said...

Dear Joey, What a showstopper of a friend! She certainly looks to be a diva of the Orchid world.......does she sing Opera too?!!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Funny you should write about orchids. I was just thinking I should try orchids for inside during the winter.

Eileen

Angela said...

Very pretty flower! Unlike any I've ever seen before.

TYRA said...

Beautiful post as always Joey, the autumn colors on your orchids are fantastic. Have you had them for long? Do they flower again?/ Love Tyra

joey said...

Many varieties of orchids are easy to grow, Rob, and give great joy. The flowers last for months so even if they never rebloom, they are well worth the money spent.

Don't be afraid, Christine! I don't know about Alaska but here you can find inexpensive orchids in the grocery store. Simply enjoy and like African violets, don't overwater.

Yes, she is a diva, dear Edith and perfect for autumn. Sing, hum, not yet but very vain ~ whispering to me, as I was shooting her lovely face, to capture her best side :)

Go for it, Eileen. This beauty caught my eye at Trader Joes where orchids are very reasonable, also at Costco.

Thanks Angela. I love her many faces.

This is a new friend, Tyra, and very inexpensive (about $15). We will see about reblooming ... I have great luck with Cymbidiums and Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids). I must always have at least one blooming orchid in the house and like you, sometimes 'fake it' :)

Tuqui said...

Joey, bellisima esta Oncidium excavatum, y cuantas fotos!
Yo tengo varias Oncidium pero esta no.
Besos

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Bananas! I was hoping against hope this was a trout lily, not an orchid. LOVE the colors. But I've accepted I already have way more indoor plants than I want.

Rosey said...

They remind me of chocolate. So pretty! I have not had even attempted to grow orchids. Still trying to get my african violet to bloom.

Msrobin said...

Fabulous orchid Joey! I only have two orchids, but I keep thinking about expanding my collection. But my houseplants are starting to take over, where would I put it? LOL I always think of you when expounding on the virtues of the lovely state of Michigan.

joey said...

Thank you, Tuqui. I've has so many orchids throughout the years but think this might be my first oncidium.

You have a big heart, Monica, and there is always room for one more :) Isn't this glorious day!

Both hate overwatering, Rosey, but don't let that scare you. Neglect is often good and in this case, rewarding!

joey said...

Thanks Robin. I only have 2 orchids in bloom at the moment but many hopeful ones to bring in from outside. So enjoyed your Michigan trip :) Isn't this weather grand!

Patsi said...

Just stunning !
Love the oil type painting effect of this orchid.

joey said...

Photoshop fun, Patsi. Thank you. Hope you are enjoying this awesome fall weekend :)

Gail said...

I haven't any orchids at all, just an exotic looking toadlily in the garden~But, i do like them~gail

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

What a beauty, Joey! I hope you two have a long and happy friendship. I've never tried an oncidium yet--just phals and one paph. They're irresistable.

Andrea said...

Wow, this Oncidium is so beautiful. But i love the collage more, how i wish i know how to do them now! I also have some species and one sturdy plant in my garden, i've posted few weeks ago.

Andrea said...

Wow, this Oncidium is so beautiful. But i love the collage more, how i wish i know how to do them now! I also have some species and one sturdy plant in my garden, i've posted few weeks ago.

Kala said...

These are gorgeous flowers with intricate designs on their petals. Thanks for sharing Joey!

The Idiot Gardener said...

Once again, stunning photography. There's something alien yet attractive about your friend.

Rose said...

This lovely will be an excellent companion for the cold winter months ahead, Joey. I've never tried growing orchids, but I don't seem to have much luck with houseplants. I'll just enjoy yours:)

joey said...

Totally agree, Gail, toad lilies are exotic and I love them. Mine are still going strong in this mild weather, soon to change. Wishing you some needed rain.

I know you share my passion for orchids, Jodi. I think this is my first oncidium but truthfully can't remember. Also like you, this orphan orchid followed me home from Trader Joes, often a fine spot for finding inexpensive orchids.

Thank you, Andrea. I only have wildflower Lady's Slipper orchids in my garden but several inside as houseplants. I must go back and check yours out.

Hi Kala. A lot going on in these tiny faces. I now see I should have included the whole plant for perspective.

You are so introspective, IG, and totally agree. Thank you :)

Hi Rose. I'm a bit like a squirrel. As the garden wanes, I tend to gather blooming houseplants that sustain me throughout the long winter months, orchids a must :)

One said...

Joey, Like usual, you do magic to your photos. You are great in creating beauties. I imagine, your house must look really good.

joey said...

How kind, One ~ I'd like to think so :)

debsgarden said...

What a fabulous orchid, and your photos bring out all of its beautiful features. Thanks for the introduction!

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Beautiful shots. I love the warm golden colors.

joey said...

Thanks debsgarden. Orchids are certainly unique!

Welcome, Jennifer, and thank you. The warm autumn colors are exactly what drew me to 'my new friend'.

Nutty Gnome said...

Exquisite Joey ...just like you!
I wish I'd had this information before I managed to kill off a beautiful orchid I got for my birthday back in April! Oh well :p

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

What an extraordinary creature! And you have examined beautifully and artfully from every angle!
Lovely!

joey said...

I know why I love you, Nutty ... let me count the ways :) You are not alone killing orchids ... look at the long line of 'Wanted' posters hanging in the nurseries/garden centers!

Thank you, dear Kathryn. Did I perhaps get a bit carried away shooting this extraordinary creature :)

Rick said...

Wow - a stunner joey ! (sorry - I'm a little late to the party !). Really love that top photo, but they're all superb.

joey said...

Thank you, Rick. Friends are never too late for a party :)

kanak7 said...

Joey, I've never seen an orchid like this! It's gorgeous! And thanks for the link to the orchid site. I'll surely check it out. (Hugs)

joey said...

Hugs, dear Kanak, and thank you fun friend :) You are always there to share the bold and beautiful, new plants that I have never seen.