Thursday, April 2, 2009

Phalaenopsis in Bloom

is a genus of approximately 60 species of orchids. The abbreviation in the horticultural trade is Phal. It's one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids.

I have been watching mine closely in the last couple of days. I wanted to see how long it takes for a bud to blossom. The photo above was taken 17th of March.

27th of March: It began to open and a pinkish tinge can be seen through the gap. It look likes a grasshopper's head in this angle.

28th of March: Petals have opened some more.

The petals in this view looks like a frilled dragon lizard.

29th of March: Morning shot.

Evening shot.

30th of March: Fully blossomed! YEPPIEE! It's so beautiful.

31st of March: The cycle repeats on the next bud.

1st of April: Catching up fast!

2nd of April: Two beautiful flowers, side by side.

So, basically it takes 3-4 days from a slight opening of the bud to develop into a full bloom. Waiting for the rest of the buds to blossom. I'm looking forward to that day! Watching these flowers was an awesome and exciting experience. Thanks to our friend, Darrell who made this possible. He gave it as a present last December.

I hope you enjoyed this lovely metamorphosis with me!


  1. Beautiful orchid - I think the Phalaenopsis is my favourite orchid although I remember so many, many different types as a child in Malaysia. My mother was passionate about growing them and we had literally thousands of them scattered throughout the garden. Seeing one of them takes me straight back to those days... happy days to you Shey, Vxx

  2. What a beautiful flower!! You have these in your yard? How lucky and what a good friend to give you such a great gift.:) Imagine having orchids outside your window! I'm from New York and we barely are seeing the crocuses and daffodils here.:)

  3. It does look like a grasshopper's head. It actually scared me for a while lol!

    What a pretty orchid! It looks really exotic, the kind you see rarely.

  4. Wow! I loved this photo diary. Beautiful!

  5. It really is beautiful. No wonder why orchids have such a big following!

  6. How exciting! Hubby bought me a moth orchid for Valentine's Day, and now that it is finished blooming (I guess it held it's blooms 2 months?), I really need to repot it. May do that today! Great post Shey:)

  7. Those are beautiful. I love orcids.

  8. beautiful plants you must have a green thumb. hope all is well out your way, jc

  9. Gorgeous! I have always found orchids very, uhemmmm, sexual.

    Found your blog on the Women's Blogger Directory.

  10. Hi Sherri, I love the orchid and all your other flower photos.

  11. I followed you over from HalfCrazy and WOW!!
    Your snaps of the flower are amazing :)
    Your blog is filled with beauty and your lovliness shines through in your posts......
    If you have a moment or two of your life that you'd care to waste, please visit me at my blog and do say hello.
    Please have a weekend filled with love, joy and laughter and.....

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

  12. i love orchids. i am trying to do a painting of orchids, and it is TRICKY! they are just gorgeous.

  13. WOW! It's amazing to see that the spike grew longer and added new buds. That usually doesn't happen. That orchid must really love being with you and Eric.

    Thanks for taking the pictures. I watch my orchids closely as well, but never took photos of them. Watching a bud open is always a sight to behold!

    Hope you're enjoying the colorful flowers.

  14. @ Veronica: Thanks! I'm glad this post brought back happy memories for you. My mom, like yours also loved orchids. So I know what you feel. Happy days to you too.

    @ lionmother: I know, it's beautiful. I have it inside the house placed very near the window, so it gets light. Indeed, I'm lucky.

    @ HalfCrazy: I had fun taking that photo too! I thought it came out a bit weird but in a cool way. :D

    @ Kimberly: Thanks! I enjoyed watching it progress daily, so I guess it's a nice photo diary as you said. :)

    @ cmwheeler: My mom and two of my friends are so into it. I can also now fully understand why they love it.

    @ Carla: Cool! What is the color? Would love to see a photo of it when it gets flowers again!

    @ Together we save: Thanks a lot!

    @ jackc50: I didn't realize I might have a "green thumb" until I grew my own plants. Maybe I do and that's a happy thing. My chives and green onions just kept growing outside in small pots all throughout winter. I guess the California winter is not that harsh. :)

    @ Frankie: Lots of flowers are often viewed in a sexual way because of its close resemblance to a women's core. That's why it's beautiful. hehehe.

    Thanks for visiting, I love being a new member of the Women's Blogger.

    @ TLC: Thanks for sharing the wonder and joy with me through my photos!

    @ Midlife: Thanks for coming over through Halfcrazy. It's amazing how the web connects us. Of course, I will visit your page. Will be there shortly.

    @ drollgirl: Awesome! That's totally awesome that you're trying to paint them. Would love to see any painting of yours.

    @ Darrell: Thanks! It's all because of you!

    Thanks all you guys for visiting! Hope you're all having a great weekend!


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