My New Orchid

6 Oct

I was excited to walk out the door this morning to see that my new orchid plant finally has its first bloom! I’ve always been a bit of a “black thumb”, so it’s nice to know I didn’t screw this plant up.

We put it in the planter in our front patio because that spot gets some sun during the day.

Would anyone judge me if I said I really want a pair of heels in this print?

The leaves might be my favorite part! We’ve discovered that they open during the day (as you see in the photos) and fold perfectly in half when it gets dark. Very cool.

The leaves are a little lighter than they should be, which has me worried. Maybe if I lift it up a bit with some string so the sun hits it better?

In this shot, you can see that the plant has tons of buds on it... can't wait to see what it looks like in a few days!

We got it from a local plant shop that some guy runs out of his house (gotta love Mexico!). He had several huge versions of this plant in his front yard, and I fell in love!

If anyone can help me identify this plant, I’d really appreciate it! Right now, the only descriptive words I have are “orchid” and “pretty”.

14 Responses to “My New Orchid”

  1. Ashlie October 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Beautiful orchid Laura! I have somewhat of a black thumb as well and so far any orchid I that I have ever bought has died….

  2. Kate October 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    It’s beautiful!

  3. Ang October 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    LOL at your descriptive words. I have no idea what it is… we don’t see many pretty plants like that in MN – no where near tropical enough, duh.
    very beautiful though!

  4. Kristi October 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    I love orchids and yours is beautiful!!

  5. DM October 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    it actually looks like some kind of daylily to me. They open during the day and close up at night too.

  6. KfromMichigan October 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    It is a beautiful flower .. but wait till the whole plant is in bloom!

    • Laura in Cancun October 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

      It’s already filled with buds, some with color on them… I think by tomorrow I’ll have a few more, and by the weekend, who knows?!?!

  7. Kathryn October 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Gorgeous! I totally dig the idea of heels in that print, too 🙂 And I never knew that about the leaves- very cool.

  8. Nikki October 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Nice job! I love orchids but I kill them and they never come back.

  9. lisa n javi October 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Beautiful Photos.

  10. lisa n javi October 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Beautiful Photos!!

  11. (FL) Girl with a New Life October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Just beautiful. How I miss my tropical flora. (My potted palm tree doesn’t look like it will make it.)

  12. Ceri October 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I wouldn’t be able to tell you the name of the planet either sorry but, wow, it’s sooo pretty. 🙂

    My nan and mother were big gardeners and always use string to tie things up to face the sun properly so give that a try.

  13. Pauline Heasman October 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I have this beautiful tree, the Orchid tree, if you do a search you will find it grows to 15 feet or more and flowers all year.
    Good luck with it.
    http://media.photobucket.com/image/orchid%20tree/CLZ51/My%20Flowers/orchidtree.jpg?o=31

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