The occasional afternoon shower won't diminish the beauty this lovely Phalaenopsis “moth” orchid perched on the window sill.  This delicate plant sends up flower spikes with numerous buds that bloom constantly, thriving in the filtered light and the consistent indoor temperature.  New buds are very prolific and long lasting, so we can enjoy them for months at a time.


Meanwhile, its hearty cousin, the Cymbidium orchid, lives in a clay pot just outside the window with flowers that are similar in appearance.  However, the waxy petals of the Cymbidium are thicker and can withstand the greater range of outdoor temperatures.  Both species are a wonderful complement  to our home and provide a colorful accent -- whether we're cooking in the kitchen or outside enjoying lunch on the patio.

AuthorRich Monroe