“Welcome, Sister”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
I was finally able to spend several hours out in the garden Sunday which was especially nice since it was a lovely spring day. A little warm, but that was okay. A late season cold front has come through, and a freeze warning is in effect for tonight, but I don’t think we will get down to freezing though it will probably be in the mid thirties. It has been about two months since we have had temperatures this cold. Weird year, huh?
The Nun’s Orchid (Phaius tankervilliae) has started blooming. This is the only orchid I grow, and it is a terrestrial one. I have had it about four years now, and it is one of those plants that I eagerly await its flowers. This is an easy orchid to care for. It is in a container that I leave out just about year round, protecting only when hard freezes are predicted. It receives morning sun, average moisture, and an occasionally shot of fertilizer, and it rewards that minimal care with stalks of lovely, fragrant flowers.
Its common name comes from the shape of the flower; it looks like the headdress that some order of nuns (or sisters) used to wear. The combination of mauve, brown, and white plus the four foot tall stalk of flowers makes this a truly stunning spring time show. I am so glad that this year it is blooming in time for Easter.