I spent the morning doing some housework (boring), then in afternoon at the hairdressers, having my blonde gorgeousness restored (I do enjoyed being pampered!), so I only have a handful of photos to share with you. As I was moving the orchids off the kitchen windowsill this morning to a) clean the windowsill, and b) water the orchids, I realised that I hadn't done an orchid report for a while. This little one has just started flowering
this very pale one has been flowering for some months now
this big one has been flowering for several weeks
it has beautiful strong markings on the petals
through in the guest bedroom, something strange has happened with this orchid. At first I thought it was putting out a new flower shoot, but it produced a leaf. It grew some more, then produced another leaf, and now it is finally producing some flower buds. In all the time that I have kept orchids (I can't claim to grow them, all I do is water them and occasionally feed them) I have never had one produce a shoot like this
in the "fitness room" (aka the smallest bedroom), I have a plant in a basket that I have had for years. I had it for several years before we moved to Hawick, and that will be ten years ago at the end of the month. Every summer it puts out a flower spike. You might think this is reasonably impressive ........ but when we have been on holiday in Portugal, we have seen this plant growing in roadside verges, and reaching heights of eight feet or more!
I occasionally mention the implements of torture, which I endure first thing in the morning, to counteract the sconnage and cake consumption. There is a small television in the room, so that as I trundle along, I can watch the early morning news and weather forecast. I know that if I didn't get up early to endure the torture, I simply wouldn't do it later in the day, as I would always have an excuse not to do it