Orchids have something of a reputation for being delicate and difficult to grow, but with a few simple measures, cymbidiums will last a lifetime. They like night-time temperatures of between 10 and 15°C, although they tolerate temps down to 5°C, or slightly lower. Mine live outdoors year-round, but if the temperatures in your area are cooler, grow them in a greenhouse or bring them under cover of a porch or sunroom in early winter. Mine also reside in pots. That’s so they can be moved to a spot with overhead protection when in flower, as rain and hail have more than once damaged the flowers. Slugs and snails also like to munch on the flowers, leaving them with pock-marked petals, so put out bait if you want to keep these slippery critters away. [Read more...]
I was talking about evergreen magnolias last week, then came across this lovely bouquet (top photo) that uses the leaves as a backdrop to white blooms. The glossy green of the leaves really makes the white flowers pop, I think, with their bronze undersides showing too. The white flowers are made up of cattleya orchids and gardenias, and the fern is the umbrella fern.
The next image features the large-flowered climbing rose ‘Mermaid’ and bright yellow zinnias, [Read more...]