Gosh, probably about 3 or 4 years ago, I bought a beautiful orchid plant at Trader Joe's.  It caught my eye because it was different from other orchids I'd seen and it had some nice foliage in addition to the blooms.  I enjoyed it immensely, but as plants do, the blooms eventually died and I put the plant out on the balcony.

The leaves have always been nice so it was a good addition to the plants I had outside.  However, this year when I came back from Oregon, I got a very nice surprise.  The orchid was blooming again!

Orchid

Here's a closer look:

Orchid_cu

Isn't it beautiful!

I wanted to enjoy it and since it's been too cold to sit on the balcony I cut it and brought it inside:

Orchid_2 

I kind of think of this spot as a memorial to Kramer, even though I can't bring myself to officially call it that.  I still can't look at pictures of him but this painting, which I did in 2003, doesn't bring forth a rush of tears so I keep it up.  Anyway, it seemed like the perfect place for my lovely orchid so here's where I put it.

I didn't have an appropriately sized vase so, inspired by this post from This Young House, I put it in a recycled wine bottle:

Orchid_3 

I'm not sure how long the blooms will last, but I will certainly enjoy them while they do.

 

 

One Reply to “Sweet Surprise”

  1. Antoinette says: February 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Now you’re just freaking me out. Guess what I bought at Costco on a whim today? A red orchid plant (that is blooming and looks just like the one in your blog.) Oooooo!!! We live such paralel lives sometimes.
    I adore the bottle you put it in and the lovely painting. I think it’s a beautiful and appropriate display.
    I did some research on orchids when I came home and found that they love lots of air circulating around their roots. Maybe that’s why it re-bloomed out on the patio?

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