"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. " ~Lindley Karstens

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gifting Time

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas, and received perfect gifts you always wanted.

I love receiving plants as gifts for any occassion.  I know lots of gardeners would agree with me :)

This is a Christmas gift from my friend, who is also a passionate gardener.  The Neoregelia bromeliad is mounted on a tree stump at the base, and the Tillandsias bromeliad is attached to the twig wreath.  I am thinking to install a wall-mounted basket on the back porch wall, and then put this combination into the basket.  This would add such a nice vertical interest into the garden.

My Birthday is in December.  Part of my Birthday and Christmas gifts I received from my family were three Vanda orchids.

Vanda Sanderiana x Vanda Taweesuka

Vanda Kultawa, 'Blue'
The third one is a Vanda Sawita'blue', which has two flower spikes that are not opening yet.  Due to the recent cold front, I am diligently moving the Vandas outdoor during the day, and bring them indoor during the night.  Hope this won't impact its normal blooming schedule.  Vanda Sawita'blue' is supposed to be a sky-blue colored flower, can not wait for its blooming.

I also bought some Vandas to give to my friends as gifts.  This Vanda Leurcharusmee has maroon-violet flowers with white spots.  I know my friends would enjoy them for many years coming.
Vanda Leurcharusmee
Happy New Year to you all!


  1. Belated Happy Birthday dear Ami. You got some lovely Christmas and bday plants to enjoy for a long time.

    I've also been moving orchids inside and then back out.

    May you and your family have a wonderful 2011, and may your gardens continue to give you much joy.


  2. Yes, Ami...happy belated birthday. What WONDERFUL gifts you received and gave. All of the vandas are beautiful. I think my favorite is the first...but then again...it's hard to pick just one. Have a wonderful new year and enjoy your new vanda blooms.

  3. Happy Birthday, Ami! Beautiful vanda orchids you got there from your generous family. And I love your brom basket too.

    P.S. I love your wintry snow scene! Have a Happy New Year!

  4. That's some great gifts and the Vanda's should do well here. Best wishes for the new year to you and your family. P.S. Have you noticed our South Florida winter Buzzards yet :]

  5. Happy Birthday! Nice to know another December birthday girl.

    The vandas are so beautiful. Hope we get to see that sky blue one soon. You are getting quite the orchid collection aren't you? Hopefully they will all be able to be outside for a few weeks now at least.

    May you enjoy your garden this New Year!

  6. Ami, The Broms and Vanda orchids look superb, great gifts for gardeners! It is always nice to have some new treasures for the garden.
    Happy birthday and happy New Year. My grandson Felice, now 18 has his birthday on the 23. of December; when he was younger he said:"this is not fair!" Ami, happy days!

  7. Happy belated birthday! These are all beautiful gifts for the gardener!

  8. Happy belated Birthday. The lovely orchids are great birthday gifts. May the new year bring you much joy and happiness!

  9. Dear Ami,
    A belated Happy New Year and Happy Birthday. I hope your season and birthday were as lovely and special as you are. Isn't it great that friends and family know what simple pleasures please a gardener. Your brom gift and orchid gifts couldn't be more perfect. Such bright and happy colors, too.

    I wish the best for you and your family in 2011. Many happy gardening days and seasons ahead! *hugs*


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