MY ROSES

What beautiful weather today in SoCal! Just warm enough, blue skies and flowers blooming everywhere! I took Nicky *my camera* out and about in my back and front yard to see what’s going on.

My roses are doing great this year! Especially the multicolored bush. Take a look! 😁

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Santa Barbara 70th International Orchid Show

Every year I make the trek to beautiful Santa Barbara just for this show! It showcases vendors from around the world and their orchids, related crafts and supplies. This gives you the chance to see the new hybrids, stock up on potting materials and even buy a few new plants! *TIP- I find its best to go on the last day to get the best deals. The vendors lower their prices so they don’t have to repack and ship items home. Also, the orchid houses on the way to the show also have sales and good deals!*

You can read more about the show hereΒ http://www.sborchidshow.com/pages/About_Show/History.html

Here are a few of my pics! I took close to 800!

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PHALENOPSIS

To me, Phalaenopsis orchids are the easiest to grow and flower. They like indirect light and changes in weather to form flower spikes and if cared for properly, their blooms can last for weeks!

I rescued this little guy last year. He was almost dead with just one leaf! After a little TLC and some fertilizer he is doing great with two branching flower spikes and tons of buds getting ready to open.

This coming weekend is the Santa Barbara International Orchid show, so my little guy will be getting some new brothers and sisters soon! I’m so excited!! Yayyyyy orchids!

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Freesia, Clivia, Iris

Every year in early spring we go to Home Depot, Lowe’s and Green Thumb to replace our annuals. Last year I discovered the insanely perfumed freesia!The scent is amazing! Almost like a rose on steroids! I bought 4 plants and I planted them near my front door so everyone could smell them while they came up the driveway.

I also wanted them planted there because that’s where I love to sit or have my evening tea. My hubs bought a falling apart bench and he totally refurbished it and even got me a fancy pillow πŸ™‚ But the best part was the price! He paid $5.00 for the bench! And now I have a comfy place to sit and read or play Hay Day and Candy Crush * don’t judge me*, and the best part is the smell of freesia in the air, which I think smells like heaven!

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Clivia is another favorite of mine because of the shocking orange color! It reminds me of home in the Caribbean and the bright blossoms that can be found almost anywhere.
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My faithful Iris returns every year bringing forth more flowers each time. The amazing blue-purple with a bright spot of yellow contrasts so beautifully and stands out in my front garden. I just wish its flowers would last all year long!
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