Why is it that I can never remember the common name of this orchid?
I can remember Ludisia discolor, its botanical name, but I can’t remember its common name of jewel orchid. I always want to call it a velvet orchid, because its leaves look like velvet to me.
I remember for awhile that this is a jewel orchid by repeating it over and over and over.
Then I read about them and invariably, someone mentions their ‘velvety leaves’ and I’m right back to thinking of them as velvet orchids.
I’m going to stick with Ludisia discolor because for some reason, I can remember that.
This is an easy orchid to grow. Mine has been growing for years in a mix of bark and peat in a west window. I water it with the same frequency as my other house plants, which is maybe a bit more often than I water most other orchids. If it gets too dry, some of the lower leaves dry up.
velvet jewel orchid is just now starting to form flower buds, like it does every year at this time. I’ll see the blooms sometime in January, hopefully in time for the January bloom day post, but definitely not by the 15th of this month for the December bloom day post.
Is everyone getting ready for their December Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post? For those who are new to this, I’ll repeat the rules here.
Wait, there are no rules.
That’s one of the secrets of bloom day, or any Internet meme. Keep it simple and don’t have a bunch of complicated rules
All you need to do to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is post about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month, or thereabouts, depending on your personal schedule. Then leave a comment on my bloom day post so we can find your blog and check out what is blooming in your garden.
I know that ‘no rules’ makes some people a little apprehensive. But really, no rules is the rule.
To further convince you there really aren’t a bunch of rules, I offer these guidelines in the form of questions and answers.
When nothing is blooming in my garden, can I post about other aspects of my garden that I find attractive? Yes, of course you can!
Do I have to list botanical names? No, of course not. In fact, if you don’t know the botanical name of a flowering plant, and you want to find out what it is, post a picture of it for bloom day and ask for help identifying it. I bet someone will know and leave you a nice comment with the name.
Do I have to list every bloom? No, it’s your choice to list as many or as few blooms as you’d like to share.
Can I include plants blooming indoors? Yes. We’d love to see what you have blooming indoors. You can even post about indoor plants that aren’t blooming!
Should I include a picture of my hoe? Only if you have a nice one or you missed the garden bloggers’ hoe down and need a reason to post a picture of it. However, I think having a nice hoe you want to share with everyone is reason enough for a separate post.
My bloom post will be up early on the 15th, and as promised, this month we will use Mr. Linky to make it easier to leave a link to your post. And remember, it is finally winter here at May Dreams Gardens, so I’m really anxious to see some posts of gardens where there are still blooms, any blooms, even one bloom!