Hanging Orchids

I read of Jackie‘s creation of a hanging garden on Derrick Knight’s blog and saw the finished medleys of flowers in subsequent posts.  They have inspired me to post my own hanging plants.

I am a novice orchid grower so most of my plants are immature.  My garden space is shaded by a jacaranda tree and orchids love dappled light; they are arial plants so it makes sense to hang them.  Another space I use is the south facing wall (that is our shadier side in the Southern Hemisphere).

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At the back of the clothesline

 

When the orchids arrive by post (I shop online because I do not have a car) the orchids are well wrapped in plastic.  My crippled hands  find it difficult to release them so I had to get my young friend Jared to untangle them for me.  Jared is my thirteen year old helper, son of my friend Samantha who volunteered him to come to me once a week.  Jared is keenly interested in gardening and I find his help invaluable.

When this lot arrived Jared unwrapped them, secured the small pots into the baskets with gravel and bark and put the hangers on the web baskets for me.  I then hang them on the black bamboo that I grew and harvested.

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The Stanhopea that arrived with the baby Sarcochilus grows flowers from the bottom of the plant so we had to repot it.  Jared helped me take off the plastic and line an open basket to make sure that the flowers can emerge.

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An open basket allow the flowers of the Stanhopea to emerge from the bottom.

The baby orchids are relatively cheap (from $5 for the smallest plants) but take years to flower from that size.  Fortunately I have some larger ones that flower for me while I wait.

 

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About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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24 Responses to Hanging Orchids

  1. Josie says:

    Spectacular, it must be lovely to be able to grow your orchids outdoors. They’re really superb. Your garden must be heavenly.

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  2. gaiainaction says:

    How lovely Mary and how organized you are the way all your orchids hang against your wall. It is nice of your young helper to come and give you a hand. I too am very fond of orchids but while away last winter some of them died and others I shared out to my sisters. I want to start again after reading your write-up and seeing your photos. Lovely to read about this, thank you.

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  3. What a joy orchids are; our summers are humid enough that I really should be able to learn to care for them properly. You inspire me to look at what I might do with just a little shade adjustment. And a capable, interested assistant is utterly priceless; hooray for Jared!

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  4. A wonderful post, Mary. So pleased you have Jared. Will look forward to more. And, of course, thank you for the acknowledgement.

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  5. zdunno03 says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

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  6. in567 says:

    Ah, interesting! So lovely and neatly kept. Great variety you have, Mary!

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  7. I am in awe of your skills Mary, such amazing blooms. You have the knack with orchids!

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  8. arlingwoman says:

    You’ve made a paradise, Mary! I love the way you’ve arranged the orchids.

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  9. A real spectacle your garden is. Wouldn’t mind an afternoon there with a cold beer.

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