I’m sure you will agree… in so many beautiful design photographs there are often orchids used in the final detail. When we were decorating Pearson’s room, I wanted to include a plant in her accessories and a white orchid was the perfect choice for me. Now, unlike my Mother, I am lacking in the green thumb department. I am just happy to keep a plant alive so the basic, novice-friendly Phalaenopsis was for me! Okay, I must admit, in full disclosure… the reason I am doing this post is because I have two, yes, TWO, beautiful orchids with full blooms in my house right now! We’re not counting the other three orchids that are happy living without blooms… just the two that are gorgeous! Yes, Mom, I did it! Well, with the help of my husband, of course 🙂
We purchased this silver tray at an estate sale and the clay pots from Home Depot. The pots are gradually taking on a patina of their own and I love the juxtaposition with the silver.
This is where the plants “live” in our bedroom. The white blooms pop against the Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate walls. So next I bring you Pearson’s Orchid!
The amazing thing about P’s orchid is that it isn’t the first time it has bloomed this year. It has already produced seven blooms! I have read that if you cut a shoot at a certain spot you might get another bloom-producing shoot. Well, it hasn’t worked for me yet but this time the new shoot began to grow before all of the blooms had fallen off. And the old shoot is still green whereas it usually turns yellow and dies quickly once the blooms have dropped.
So two more orchid tidbits I would like to leave you with:
1. Orchid care – I’m not a professional by any means, but Robb picked up some orchid food and another orchid product with a bloom booster in it. We water them once a week and alternate products. It seems to be a magic combination for us. When I have a care question, I usually find myself on About Orchids. This site speaks to the Orchid novice such as myself.
2. Styling your orchids – A single orchid is lovely but if you want to make a statement… group them together. At market I saw an arrangement that I absolutely loved. It was a large silver tray with multiple tall white orchids. I was drawn to the way they used spanghum moss not only to cover the soil but also wrapped it around the stem and spikes to support the weight of the blooms. They didn’t use the common butterfly clips to secure the moss, but used raffia. I thought it was lovely and a more decorative way to secure the stem to the spikes. I copied the use of the moss and the clips seem to blend well so they don’t stand out. (AKA, I haven’t made it to Michael’s to purchase the raffia yet :))
So let me know what you think and if you have any tips, please share them!