All I can say is thank goodness dear Carol of May Dreams allows indoor plants to be featured on Bloom Day, the fifteenth of each month that is set aside to feature what is blooming in our gardens the whole year around. Normally the pickings are better in southeast Tennessee than this December.
Paphiopedilum ‘Starr Wars’ ( Full name Paphiopedilum (Starr Warr x Maudiae) ‘Pisgah’ x Paph. Dark Spell ‘Wolf Lake’ )
When the renovations began on the main house in 2000, my drawings included a dedicated space at the southeast corner that would have two skylights, a sink with hot and cold running water and a tiled floor with a drain. As many windows as could be fit in, two on each outside wall and one on the wall that creates the vestibule by the back door give enough light in winter when the silver maple nearby is naked of the shade giving leaves allowing maximum candlepower. It is enough power to energize the orchids and other tenders brought inside the space for the winter into blooming on cue, during those same cold months. The Bulbine frutescens at the bottom left and the Salvia elegans ‘Golden Delicious’ on the right, are tender perennials that have been saved to populate the summer garden in 2011 through cuttings and divisions. The Bloom Day flowers are gravy.