It is now March. Finally. Those slow as frozen syrup days of January and February are now behind us. Finally. Even with the unusual abundance of nice days alternating with heavenly and blessed rain and the early blooming of many of the late winter flowers, much of the scenery around the Fairegarden consists of bare, brown stems. Come March, on our Zone 7a steep slope, changes can be noted daily. Leaves are unfurling and colored buds are bursting. But there is something else going on here, something that gets left behind in the explosion of seasonal sensations outdoors.
Within the confines of the greenhouse/sunroom, a space dedicated to the growing of tender and tropical plants during the colder months, there is a blooming show going on. (A more thorough description of this room can be read here.) The orchids have been in flower for many weeks. As they first open, there are oohs and aahs and camera clickings and daily doting by the gardener.
But once the show begins on the larger stage outside, the greenhouse/sunroom gets merely a glance through the windowed door as we pass through the mudroom on the way to the hillside production. There is the weekly watering still being done, on Mondays, laundry day, to help me remember. But the blooming orchids, Paphiopedilums all, for those are the type that enjoy the sort of service and conditions we are able to provide in this relatively small space, stoically continue doing their business.
To see all of the orchids we grow and their names, which are a mouthful, click on the sidebar page Plants We Grow-Orchids, or click here.