Orchid Obsessed

January 26, 2012

Please place all judgment aside when reading this post.  Things I am about to tell you might come off as a little bit creepy/weird…   Back in October when our mama came in town to visit for Molly’s birthday I purchased a potted orchid plant from our local Central Market (kind of between a Whole Foods and a normal grocery store) to surprise Molly.  This was October 21st to be exact.  Ever since that day I have had a literal obsession with the flowers.  Every day I would wake up and count the number of new blooms that had come…

Please place all judgment aside when reading this post.  Things I am about to tell you might come off as a little bit creepy/weird…  

Back in October when our mama came in town to visit for Molly’s birthday I purchased a potted orchid plant from our local Central Market (kind of between a Whole Foods and a normal grocery store) to surprise Molly.  This was October 21st to be exact.  Ever since that day I have had a literal obsession with the flowers.  Every day I would wake up and count the number of new blooms that had come out over night and watch the plants progress.  Not.  Kidding.  Molly thought it was realllyyy weird.  Now she finds it quite endearing.  Who wouldn’t?

To make myself sound like less of a freakstamaniac I am going to acredit this back to my college Education class in science where we had to plant lima beans and observe then write about them in a journal three (!!!) times a day.  Now that really, really sucked.  Bad.  But those were lima beans and these are orchids.  Beautiful, beautiful orchids.  

I loved that orchid plant that I bought on Molly’s birthday with all of my heart.  Love, love, loveddd it.  (In case you’re wondering it was a pale celery green color).  Sadly, the plant dropped its last flower a few days ago – January 21st.  Three months to the exact date that I bought it.  That plant is speaking to me.  I swear it!  Don’t worry, when I saw the green one dropping its petals I quick ran to our nearest Central Market to purchase another.  This one is white with cactus flower-colored speckles.  Right now she has fifteen blooms and one more bud left to sprout.  I water it every single Sunday and check on the flowers a few times a week.  My mom has told me that they’re very tempramental so I just want to make sure everything is ok.  You know?     

At this point I am kind of feeling as if these pretty flowers have got to bring some sort of good luck.  Molly and I are verrryy lucky people.  And I think the vibe in our little apartment is just that much better with a living, beautiful plant perched in our family room.  My next move?  Succulents.  West Elm has an insane amount of them right now (miniature cacti too) that are just begging for me to buy them and love on them.  Already picturing them on our coffee table.  It has been proved that having live plants can make one happier, you know.  And I’m pretty sure “they’re” right. 

(Images 1 via Martha Stewart // 2 via 9 to 5 Chic // 3 via Martha Stewart // 4 and 5 via Google)

  1. KATIE A – Seriously? You lucky girl, we water ours once a week (on advice of our mama) and make sure it gets plenty of sun. Maybe you have a green thumb?

    KATIE H – Smart… Going to trim ours down and give it some TLC to bring back some blooms! Thanks for letting us know, chicken!!

    xo.Sally

  2. Sally and Molly – Orchids are amazing because they grow back! You don't need to buy new ones. They re-grow if you give them the proper care and cut them down to a certain point. So once the last petals fall, you cut them back to where they budded on the stem and they re-grow! haha I learned this fun fact from my mom and this guy at "A New Leaf" in Chicago. Try. It. Out.

  3. I was given one right before Thanksgiving and I have hardly watered it at all (I am serious, maybe once). It's still looking perfect! I have in my bedroom and it doesn't get a lot of light. I am not sure what the best way to take care of them is, but apparently my neglect is working… =)

  4. CLAUDIA – Thank you, thank you! We are glad you stumbled upon it too:)

    LINA – You have no idea how much it means to us that you read and like the blog. We are so thankful for all of the support! Big hugs to you and the kiddos. xo

    KATI- You are too sweet. We are so glad you like it!

    VICTORIA- Ugh I can't even talk about how sad I am that I wasn't there. That will just make my going next year that much more exciting though:) Okay…clearly I am not the orchid whisperer I thought I was…reblooming has NOT happened with mine. We have bare branches sitting on our mantle at the moment. I am going to do some google research today on how to foster the reblooming. I have high hopes!!

    CAROLINE- Totally agree, maybe that's why my mom told me how tempramental they are. Now I don't even touch the blooms because I'm scared I will ruin them. I am literally dreaming about planting succulents…you have no idea! Thinking of purchasing some this weekend.

    EMILY- Do it! I promise you won't regret it! The ones I buy are $25 a piece and it is worth every penny. How darling that you used succulents for your boutonneires. So fitting for a guy too. Wayyy better than flowers!

    ALEXA- Amazing is right! How you girls are doing well!

    MARTINA – Now you have me worried! I am not sure reblossoming is in my little green guys future:( I am going to do some internet searching on the topic today. You've got me intrigued!

  5. i have the same obsession.. i purchased 5 of them, and only 2,5 are still carrying flowers.. i am a bit worried since i never succeeded in "reblossoming" my orchids…

  6. I've always wanted to get an orchid, but never have been able to pull the trigger. I don't like many indoor plants, but they are definitely on my good list. Succulents are, too! I was so smitten with them that they were the centerpieces and boutonnieres at my wedding. We're keeping my husbands boutonnieres alive as a keepsake!

  7. Orchids are officially my favorite flower! (Daffodils are a close second) I say officially because I could probably be deemed a flower nerd as well – it's a good thing!

    Succulents are my go-to because they're so hardy… while I love orchids, they're slightly elusive in how difficult they are to keep pretty! xoxo

  8. Sally, I'm so sad we couldn't meet at Alt. This post just put a smile on my face. I'm the same with my orchid. It's the only plant I've ever been able to keep alive, strangely enough. Mine hasn't dropped all its flowers yet, but I've heard that they can rebloom? Maybe? Hoping?

  9. i just found your blog and am so. in. love. everything is beauty! now part of my daily web routine xo ~kati

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