A perfect addition to winter grays

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Today Gail Brummer shares how to brighten up the winter months.

I started collecting orchids 30 years ago and still have many plants from those early years. I’m the fittest collector alive and don’t know most of their names, but I love their color, especially in winter. Different orchids bloom throughout the year. Orchids bloom for a long time. I now have one blooming that was a gift in June and is still going strong.

When we bought our new house seven years ago, we built in a plant area. I have a 10 feet window facing southwest. It may not be the best lighting situation, but it’s what I have available. I water once a week and turn the heat up to 65° overnight in the winter. In the summer all the plants move out onto the covered deck.

If you allow me, I will share some of my pictures without identifying them. I urge everyone to bring orchids home and enjoy their extended bloom time. These days you can buy orchids for about the same price as cut flowers in the supermarket. Or you can find your own specialty grower and enjoy something a little more unusual.

Various potted orchids in front of windowThey are opening today.

Near the bright orange orchidThis plant is 25 years old. I gave it to my father-in-law as a gift, and he returned it to me when it failed to bloom again.

Close-up of light purple orchidThis is my 30 year old plant.

Large white and pink orchids bloom. Phalaenopsis are easily available in supermarkets.

Close the orchid with white flowers with green and purple details.I like the look of them.

A close up of a light pink orchidAren’t they cute?

Close up of bright purple orchidAnother unusual form.

Close up of orchid with colorful flowersIt was a supermarket find.

Close up of bright orange and yellow orchid flowersThey bloom in the fall and complement the fall colors of the leaves outside.

Part of this indoor orchid collectionOne last cluster of flowers from last February

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