With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Waiting for Spring

Monday, March 25, 2013

Waiting for Spring

While the temps outside are still chilly and spring flowers seem a long way off, my houseplants don't seem to mind



A light coating of snow contrasts these tropical blossoms. We are currently having more snow today!







A south-facing window is where I have my orchids.
For many years I took them out to the patio when the weather warmed up and they received early morning light.  Outside they required very little care thanks to our hot and humid summers.
I would clean them up and bring them back in as fall approached, but in the past few years I left them right here in the dining room.
They bloom twice a year and the flowers last two-three months.

a few other plants around the house:
Arrowhead Vine
Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus)
Abbey's Ficus Bonsai
Miniature roses waiting to be planted outside
African Violet

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
John 151-2

34 comments:

Barbara F. said...

What gorgeous orchids, Lorraine. They love where you have them. xo

Maryann said...

Your orchids are beautiful. One of my plants has bloomed again for the first time, I was so excited when I saw the little buds! This was just a "chance re-bloom" though because I can assure you I had no idea what kind of care they needed.
Although we don't have snow, it has been a pretty long winter here as well.

Beansieleigh said...

Beautiful Bible verse, and beautiful plants 'round and about your home, Lorraine!.. I had one of my two most precious plants knocked over just recently, by one of the family cats.. It's a begonia, given to me from my kids. It has been blooming constantly and beautifully all winter long, cheering me up every time I laid eyes on it. Now, I'm just praying it survives the very messy incident it has now suffered. I'm just crossing my fingers now, and hoping for the best!... Have a good day! ~tina

Gypsy Heart said...

Gorgeous flowers and beautiful photos. You have to have a green thumb! :) I certainly don't ~

xo
Pat

podso said...

I just received my first orchid when Mom died and I'm enjoying it so much. Someone told me to give it three ice cubes a week so I am. Yours are all so beautiful. You have a green thumb!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You do have a green thumb when it comes to orchids. I just lost one of my plants...sniff.... I have had my mind on other things and have forgotten to move them from the cold window. Your home sure looks bright and spring like... Spring has sprung in your home that is for sure. Your photography is excelent as always and a delight to my eyes. I have not picked up my camera since February and doubt I will get a chance till some time in June to get it out. So I will have to rely on my favorite blogs to keep my eyes happy.

GOD bless and keep you all safe. Have a blessed Easter in Jesus name.

Laurie said...

Once again I have been refreshed and blessed by catching up on a few of your latest posts, Lorraine. Your orchids give us all hope that spring is here and will stay. Soon. (Even though you have lots of snow; we don't have any!) Reading about your granddaughters' visit and gleaning a new recipe are all blessings, dear friend.

Laurie said...

Once again I have been refreshed and blessed by catching up on a few of your latest posts, Lorraine. Your orchids give us all hope that spring is here and will stay. Soon. (Even though you have lots of snow; we don't have any!) Reading about your granddaughters' visit and gleaning a new recipe are all blessings, dear friend.

Traci said...

Those are gorgeous!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your orchids and pictures are beautiful! Congrats on being able to grow them so well-enjoy!
PS-I truly hope this is the Onion Snow and the last one of the winter:@)

Maple Lane said...

Such pretty pictures, Lorraine. We even had a few snow flurries today!

Just a little something from Judy said...

As time goes on and visits here are frequent, I have come to the conclusion that you are one very gifted lady! Whether it is baking, cooking, decorating, fulfilling the roles of your place in the family, it seems like you are gifted in all areas. I have never tackled raising orchids, but if I do, I will know where to go for advice. Beautiful!

Julie Harward said...

WOW...those are the most beautiful Orchids I have seen...you have the green thumb for sure, just so lovely! :)

Martha said...

Gorgeous! Would love to try my hand at these! They are simply beautiful and such a cheerful way to chase away winter blues.

Melissa said...

Your flowers are gorgeous! =)

I loved your photos and the Bible Verse is wonderful.

Have a wonderful Easter!

Susan said...

Absolutely, drop dead gorgeous and astoundingly beautiful flowering plants, LDH.

Your photos are stunning. Susan

myletterstoemily said...

you must have quite a green thumb
to keep those orchids in such gorgeous
shape! i always lose mine. :(

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I adore orchids. They are so feminine and unique.

greenmeadows said...

Love the orchids:-) Abbey's Bonsai too looks great:-). wonderful photos!

Danice said...

All of the flowers are beautiful, but I think I also like the orchids the best. Here in the South the weather is still cold and rainy too. 'Seems many people across the US are looking forward to the warmer Spring weather :)

Melanie said...

Your orchids are so pretty!! Have never seen a goldfish plant, but yours is lovely!! I always look forward to the daffodils here. It feels like a reminder from God, that winter will not last forever and spring will surely follow!

Debbie Petras said...

I was given an orchid plant on Valentine's Day by one of my students. I have it sitting on my desk and there is a window close by. I've never grown orchids before but I'm thrilled that it seems to be doing nicely and I get to see it from where I sit and write.

Lorraine, your photos are truly amazing. The flowers look so beautiful.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Debbie said...

Good morning! Such gorgeous orchids! I love them so. I can't wait to show mom yours later this morning as they are her favorites...she used to grow just BEAUTIFUL ones. Too bad I didn't inherit her green thumb! Enjoy your day!

Adrienne said...

Beautiful! Orchids fascinate me - maybe I should add them to my inside garden!
~Adrienne~

Pondside said...

I have never been able to coax an orchid to re-bloom. Yours are stunning.

lindsey said...

Thank you for sharing your orchids...I love them. I have quite a few too and enjoy how they bloom for so long at a time. Just recently I visited an orchid farm which had been going since 1867!

Debbie Huffaker said...

Beautiful. I've never tried growing orchids, afraid the outcome wouldn't be pretty at all!! ;-) Hubby bought me an African violet for Valentine's Day...and I asked him why? considering I've killed every one I've owned. This time, I didn't even repot it...yet. It's in front of a window in the LR near the computer and it's growing like a weed. Thank you, Lord!!! HOPE you have a great day...it's snowing here...very unusual for us this time of year!

Winnie said...

Your orchids Lorraine are gorgeous !!
I'm totally jealous :)
I should get some, they really are beautiful, and I loooooooove the colors.

BTW - we have spring weather here....

Brandi said...

You take the most amazing pictures. I have one orchid that I've had for a few years. It sits in my dining room window. The blooms are so pretty and they last for so long.

bj said...

You must, indeed, have those orchids in the right place...so beautiful

Terra said...

I like your orchids and the white ones are an incredibly pure white. I have 2 outdoor orchids that stay on the patio year round. Your indoor orchids are much more varied.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Your plants are so pretty and clean. Even our indoor plants are dirty. I just can't keep up with all the dust. :/ Have a great day. Tammy

Cristina Garay said...

BEAUTIFUL! I just want to go and buy me some orchids!
Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I cannot believe how many beautiful, meaningful and interesting posts I have missed here. I read down through everyone this morning and was so blessed! I am so thankful that you blog and even more thankful that I get to visit. Your orchids are so impressive! I can't imagine how accomplished I would feel, if they were mine:), especially as I think of my living room plant that I am trying to keep alive.

The words to Twila Paris's song touched my heart today, and the butter lamb was such a special part of your Easter table.

Please keep blogging, and please know what joy you bring to everyone who visits.

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