Tuesday, April 26, 2011

hummingbirds and orchids

Wayne put up a third hummingbird feeder at the pond pergola.  We were sitting next to the pond when a little ruby throat female appeared as if by magic next to the new feeder.  I saw her and she definitely saw me.  She paused and then hovered just a few feet away looking right at me, or maybe it was the bright red top I happened to be wearing.  I did not breath!  She sped away, but has been back, sampling all of the feeders and the cardinal vine flowers.  We planted the cardinal vine with the seeds from last summer's vine.  Happy 226th birthday to John James Audubon.

Orchids blooming now include this beautiful little Dendrobium Pierardii, purchased as a baby at an orchid show a couple of years ago.  It's a reliable bloomer if you give it enough humidity and filtered sun.
From orchids
Laeliocattleya Fire Dance 'Patricia" is spectacular in red-orange with a magenta lip.
From orchids
Sometimes our orchids end up with names like 'little red vandal', because we've lost the tag, or we never had one.  It doesn't matter.  We still love them.
From orchids
This little dendrobium is d. loddigesii according to the tag.  It was a gift from Carl, who gave me my very first orchid.
From orchids
Another laeliocattleya (we have much better luck with these than their bigger cousins, the cattleyas).
From orchids
Dendrobium Anosmum smells like raspberries.  The bonus is that we got two for one when we bought this plant.  It has a white and a lavender variety in the same plant and we get a little of each when it blooms.
From orchids

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