Monday, March 5, 2012

A bit of sunshine~

We are experiencing some CRAZY weather here in the south.  It was near 80 on Friday, and then the terrible storms and tornados rolled through...it is now in the 50s with gusty wind!  To look outside, you would think it was a beautiful spring day, sunny and everything is starting to bloom, but take one step outside and you will be jolted back to reality!!

I was itching for a bit of sunshine indoors, so I picked up these beautiful sunflowers the other day at the market. 


And, I've been meaning to share this beauty...my Valentine's Day present (hubs was there, but I got  to pick it out)...






I love orchids, but they don't tend to love me...so the fact that this beauty still has blooms on it is quite amazing.  Now, don't get me wrong...I can keep the actual plant alive, I can just never keep the blooms for long and have NEVER been able to get one to rebloom.  This one is actually two plants placed together in the larger container.  I have always had trouble knowing how much water they need.  Well, the directions this one came with (from Trader Joes) said a couple ice cubes, once a week (so in this case, 4, since there are two plants)...I can do that!!!  So far so good.  And, at $21, hubby's exact words, "even if it only blooms for a month, it is still cheaper than me buying flowers every week!" LOL Thanks honey.

17 comments:

Karena said...

Beautiful Lauren! I sent my granddaughter home with 2 packages of sunflower seed for her and my daughter to plant!

Adore orchids!

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

I love your flowers. I just purchased an orchid from our building management...they were changing out the flowers and sold the orchids for $15 a piece. I was not able to keep my last one alive, so hopefully I do better this time around. :) Hope you are all safe and doing okay after that crazy weather!

Meg {henninglove} said...

i love orchids too lauren and yours are so pretty. what a nice gift from the hubby for v-day!

Anne said...

Your Orchid is gorgeous! They are very hard to keep! I love sunflowers too.Something about them always cheers me up:) Hope you have a lovely week:)
~Anne

Bring Pretty Back said...

Lauren , hahah! He is right! I have COMPLETELY given up on growing anything that flowers . I am all done! Just can not seem to make it happen!!!!
Yours are so pretty !!!! It was zero here last night and too cold to go walking out side so, I am going to have to hit the dreaded awful treadmill.
THANK YOU so much for your comment on my blog - this is so personal to me and I truly thank you for reading and commenting .THANK YOU!
Have a pretty day my friend!
Kristin

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

I can't never get an orchid to rebloom. No green thumb over here. We have had such crazy weather here as well. 80 yesterday.. . cold the end of the week!

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

That weather was so scary! I was up pretty much all Friday night. That is a beautiful orchid! They are such a simple, yet gorgeous flower. I'm with ya- I can't get one to rebloom either!

Katie said...

i'm jealous of your warm weather! it is supposed to up to 50 today and I couldn't be more excited! my husband and i got an orchid for our wedding and it died right away. : ( your's is beautiful! i hope it lasts long!

Ann said...

Seeing beautiful flowers in a post always make me feel happy inside. Thanks for sharing those lovely flower images. The sunflowers look so nice.

Sara said...

Love the sunflowers!

natasha {schue love} said...

Oh I love sunflowers...they're so cheerful! Enjoy the sunny weather!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

We must be from the same mold, I absolutely love Orchids but like you can't keep them very long. They just end up being green sticks with leaves and no blooms. Not so pretty then :) Have a happy weekend!

emily said...

They are beautiful! I have the world's worst brown thumb ever! I will have to try the ice cube trick.

Melissa @ ROOMS said...

Love, love orchids! That will be so nice to have around!

Fashion Meets Food said...

What beautiful sunflower pictures and how gorgeous is your orchid! xo

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Those flowers are gorgeous...and yes, this weather is so crazy! so glad everything went well with the colonoscopy!

Paula said...

So pretty! I adore Orchids and predict that you'll keep this one alive and that it will rebloom for you next year. Using ice cubes to water it is a great idea! It may also appreciate some diluted Miracle Grow every once in a while.