Inspired by my Orchids
I have recently become a bit obsessed with orchids. Yes, by now we all know that Radiant Orchid is the colour of spring, but I'm talking about the real deal here. I love how they look both beautiful and menacing, how their epiphytic roots reach out for air and sunshine, and yes, I suppose I even love how dang hard they are to grow. Especially when you live in Scotland, where the cold dampness and lack of light in the winter make things extra challenging.
I have taken to rescuing orchids from the local supermarket and home improvement stores when they get cheap. Being a newbie at orchids, I have read everywhere that you are not supposed to do this, as you are supposed to start with healthy plants so that you can feel successful. Be that as it may, I have found this to be a great way of learning what works for my own environment without investing a packet. Granted, not every plant can be saved. I lost my first one to root and crown rot, but that was because I hadn't done my research. Lost my second one to extensive root rot. My husband had brought it home, and it was too far gone to be saved. The others? Well, time will tell. Only one of my plants is in spike and blooming at the moment (the one pictured above). I've learned that when you rescue stressed plants, you have to cut the remaining flower spike off so the plant can redirect its energy into making new roots, as painful as it may be to bring those lovely remaining flowers to a more rapid end.
So far things are looking up. I find myself staring at these plants all the time. Yesterday, when I was doing just that, inspiration struck from the dark recesses of my mind. I decided to challenge myself to see if I could put together a spring look inspired by each one of my orchids. As if on cue, an email arrived just hours later from Ashley who represents ProFlowers, asking if I would like to participate in a blogger collaboration project in which we would be writing about spring fashion inspired by flowers. The universe appears to have had a hand in today's post.
Incidentally, orchid tips are more than welcome in the comments, by the way. If you are an expert and want to weigh-in, I'm all ears!
Phalaenopsis orchid ("Panda" variety?) / Thrifted Target tank, similar / H&M pants (old), similar / Chinese Laundry shoes / Thrifted Forever 21 jacket, similar
Phalaenopsis ("Moth") orchid, photo / Thrifted Eastex jacket, similar / H&M blouse (old), similar / Calvin Klein jeans (old), similar / Enzo Angiolini shoes (old), similar
Phalaenopsis purple mini orchid, photo / Thrifted J. Crew blouse, similar / J. Crew tweed skirt (old), similar / Enzo Angiolini shoes
Phalaenopsis lilac orchid, photo / J. Crew cardigan (old) / thrifted blouse, similar / Calvin Klein cutoffs (old), similar / Topshop sandals (last season), similar
Phalaenopsis "heiroglyphica" baby plant from ebay / J. Crew top (old), similar / ASOS belt / Max Studio skirt (old), similar / Naturalizer shoes (old), similar
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