Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, February 2010

This is my first Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Lots to post pictures of though!

My Phalaenopsis NOID continues to flower its strange recently green flowers:

Phal. NOID
Phalaenopsis NOID

This plant is on my mom’s plant stand with some of her African Violets, Streptocarpus, and Chirita. There’s always something flowering on this stand. (Did you go out and buy yourself an African Violet?)

Saintpaulia 'Ma's Crime Scene'
Saintpaulia ‘Ma’s Crime Scene’ – Fantastic colour on a refreshingly simple flower. The thin white chalk line around the leaves is the perfect finishing touch on this well named variety. This one’s a personal favourite.

Streptocarpus 'Royal Grape 7122'
Streptocarpus ‘Royal Grape 7122’ – this is the best performing Strep we have, this plant has been in bloom continually since December. I wish I could say that about all Streps but no luck. This one’s 100% a keeper.

Saintpaulia NOID
Saintpaulia NOID – I’ve posted this plant before but this time around it’s even better.

My Paphiopedlium is still going strong downstairs by the big south window (space on this table is at a premium) on the big plant table with still more African Violets and the like.

NOID Paphiopedilum
Paphiopedilum NOID – When I “finished” my photoshoot with this guy earlier in the month I lucked out – the sun was shining right on the plant table and filling the room with light. I pulled out my camera and took a few shots of it backlit by the sun. Here you can really see the beautiful stripes on the dorsal sepal which are my favourite detail on these flowers.

There’s more Gesneriads flowering around the house – there always are. This morning I counted 7 African Violets, 1 Streptocarpus, 1 Chirita ‘Stardust’ and a Streptocarpella all in bloom right now. Relatively speaking this is a smallish number compared to the size of the collection but it’s still a good amount of colour to have around on a February day.

And of course, if you’re looking for flowers look no further than you local orchid show.

About Andrew

Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.
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7 Responses to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, February 2010

  1. faroutflora says:

    That slipper shaped pouch lip on your Paphiopedlium is one of my favorites. Could we call it the Ruby Slipper?Matti

  2. NellJean says:

    Love the Gesneriads. Happy Bloom Day.

  3. noel says:

    aloha,what a celebration for bloom day, i love the orchids and that strep color is intense…what a nice collection you have blooming today. I enjoyed reading your beautiful post today:)

  4. Aerelonian says:

    Bloom Day? Intriguing.

  5. Andrew says:

    I guess Ruby Slipper would be appropriate. Certainly describes it well enough, though in that particular picture I think it more closely resembles some sort of bird :)NellJean – I'm so envious of your real outdoor spring flowersnoel – I like your display as well. I also don't think I've ever seen a Plumeria I didn't like in any colour.

  6. Tufa Girl says:

    I am in awe of folks with orchids and african violets. I do not have the thumb for them. Lovely!

  7. Melody says:

    'Ma's Crime Scene' looks like velvet with its rich lush color. I love it.

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