Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Orchid shopping

Someone once told me that if you're hard up (and who isn't?), always go to sales at closing time. There are two good reasons for this: First, you never know what you missed, and second, prices plummet.

I went to an annual flea market last Saturday as the stall holders were packing up and got this Burr. Stefan Isler 'Lava Flow' for $20 reduced from $35. The main flower spike is a whopping 2' long!

The only downside was that it was potted in a horrible, compacted and moldy muck, but it's now attached to a tree, where I hope it will thrive.
 

7 comments:

Ami said...

lucky you to get this good deal. What kind of orchid is this? Love the color of the flower!

Penny McCrea said...

Hi, Ami. It's basically an Oncidium hybrid. Here's a link: http://www.owensorchids.com/oncidium.htm

NanaK said...

That is a stunning orchid. Wonderful to get it marked down. Are you able to leave your orchids attached to the tree through the winter?

Floridagirl said...

An awesome orchid! My neighbors grow theirs in a tree, but I am afraid to with frost risk. Maybe when I get more.

Penny McCrea said...

Yes, I leave them in situ if they are attached to a tree, mostly because it's too much of a hassle to take them off. Those in hanging pots and baskets come inside. Despite this year's freeze, I'm more likely to bring them in if a hurricane threatens.

James Missier said...

It look so much like a frangipani flower with that background..

Penny McCrea said...

Hi, James. It's just a poor photo. I have several frangipanis, but none in flower because of the freeze.