Sunday, August 16, 2009

I am back in my garden.

After two weeks away, I found some pleasant surprises and some not so pleasant.
Apparently it rained quite a bit during my vacation, the rain barrels were full and the garden was a little waterlogged.


One of the pleasant surprises, was finding this wild orchid full of flowers. It kind of resembles the famous ghost orchid from the Everglades, but is not.

My coleuses also did very well during my time away.


On the not so pleasant, I planted these bromeliads before leaving on vacation. I made the stupid mistake of planting them under a tree that drops a lot of leaves and flowers. The number one rule about growing bromeliads is to keep the center clear of debris, if not the plant will rot. In two weeks I lost three plants.

9 comments:

mothernaturesgarden said...

I like to see an orchid flourishing naturally. I am always eager to return to my garden to see changes.
Donna

Nicole said...

The orchids and coleus are lovely. I lost a few favorite succulents from too much rain, both last year and this month. Well rain is much better than drought.

Jake said...

It is always a surprise to see what happened to the landscape when we are on our vacations or away for awhile.

It sucks that you lost those Bromliads.

Jake

Darla said...

Actually your garden looks great for two weeks away from it...what about all of the activity brewing up in the tropics? You ready?

Prospero said...

Hi Rusty. Welcome back! Garden looks good (it's always so great to return to a garden). Sorry about the bromeliad.

Trini said...

Looks like a Brassavola nodosa. Very nice and fragrant at night I believe..

Randy Emmitt said...

bromeliads in the garden, that is cool. Enjoyed this posting sorry about losing some of those bromeliads.

Sylvia said...

All of my bromeliads are unde oak trees and they seem to love all the debris they get from the leaves. Love your nodosa orchid, it has a great scent to it.

Wicked Gardener said...

The orchid is fantastic!