[gardeners] Flowers

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 13:35:49

We have two separate clumps of a terrestrial orchid that are in bloom. The
bloom only lasts for about 12 hours but is very pretty. There are 3 white
petals with 4 semi-closed petals in the center. Each bloom stalk will have
anywhere from 1 to 3 blooms. My eldest sister got them somewhere and gave
us a start. The plant seems to divide easily and grows quickly. I don't
have enough info to ask for help identifying but just wanted to tell
someone about these gorgeous orchids that are blooming on my potting bench
and in a front flower bed now. We have 4 to 5 blooms each day and they have
a most delicate fragrance.

The amaryllis are still in full bloom with another stalk opening its blooms
each day or so. Saw some in a garden down the street yesterday that were an
almost white pink. Stopped and talked to the lady who lived there and
arranged a swap for a couple of bulblets. She wants some of our terrestrial
orchid so guess it's a good deal. The neighbor on our east side has an
orange and white amaryllis that she is willing to share so we are
increasing the amaryllis collection every year. We have baby amaryllis
putting up leaves now that won't bloom for another year or so. As they were
planted from seed we are awaiting the blessed event anxiously that we may
see if we get any strange colors. Ain't gardening fun?

George, waiting on the rains that are threatening