Thursday, March 31, 2011

Malayan Ground Orchid

Its Friday again!

Blooming Friday this week's theme is On the Ground - hosted by Katarina at Roses and Stuff. Today Im flaunting (Tootsie's Fertiliser Friday/Flaunting your Flowers) my ground orchid planted on my new flower bed near the pond.

Scientifically it is known as Spathoglottis Plicata or the Malayan Ground Orchid and the Philippines Ground Orchid. It is a native of South East Asian countries and the Philippines but it is one of the most common orchids found in the islands of Hawaii!



the first flowers of my Malayan Ground Orchid planted in a pot are white/pinkish with a bit of yellow in the centre




transplanted the whole clump on the ground...they love the sun or semi shade





the second time blooms show more yellow after that



The colour of the flowers are usually white, purple, lavender/violet, peach, light pink, orange/yellow


the plant was a big clump, had so many bulbs, so I broke them apart and planted them in the new flower bed circling the pond




How about this? This dainty sweet flowers are the Chinese Ground Orchid (Bletilla Striata) a tiny version of the showier Cattleya....though I dont have this in my garden, just to show here another variety of ground orchid





While doing my gardening, Im usually accompanied by the Ground Patrol, today is Comot's turn. She was the neighbour's kitten who came one day for lunch, then dinner....then stayed for good!

snooping and snipping around under the flower and vegetable beds...

hmmmm...can I eat this? snipping water cabbage thrown from the pond for my compost bin under my vegetables....dont disturb me...Im working! here's the weed! the weed!

not weed you....its my newly planted lemon grass!


hey you Ground Patrol...are you pooping or what? Ground Patrol indeed....making a mess of the ground in my garden!


Pop over to Katarina's garden to see what's on the ground there and to Tootsie's for her Spring flowers and seedlings!











ENJOY!

38 comments:

Giga said...

Ten storczyk mimo, że najskromniejszy na Hawajach jest śliczny, a kotek milutki. Pozdrawiam

greenapplesgarden.com said...

Pretty flowers today. The ground orchids are beautiful, and so is Comot, or Ground Patrol. Comot has such pretty eyes.

lotusleaf said...

Those ground orchids are real beauties. The kitten is so cute too.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Lovely orchids. Is that basil seedlings around the sweetcorn?

rainfield61 said...

It is Friday again, but this Saturday is my working day!

cherry said...

Kitty & flowers are beautiful love the ground orchids..
Happy April fools day and hugs from Savannah, Cherry

kitchen flavours said...

Beautiful orchids.. looks so dainty and pretty!

TYRA said...

Stunning pictures especially the Chinese Ground Orchid! Dainty indeed ;-)

Greetings from Tyra in Vaxholm

Anna Vattenkanna said...

So exotic! And so beautiful your ground orchids are. I love your Ground Patrol - keep the good work up!

Greetings from Anna Vattenkanna in Sweden

My garden haven said...

So those are ground orchids. Pretty. And Comot should be renamed Comel.
Rosie

Bernie said...

Gorgeous Ground Orchids. Your Malayan Ground Orchid is wonderful ... such lovely colours. Your Bletilla variety is pretty. I have the purple variety which is lovely, but your pink is very pretty. Ground Patrol seems to love the garden.

Darla said...

I am going to buy some ground orchids soon! Love your ground patrol.

Sunray Gardening said...

Lovely flowers and the ones with your cat are adorable.
Cher
Goldenray Yorkies

Egretta Wells blog said...

Beautiful orchids. I've always wanted to try to grow orchids!

easygardener said...

Lovely to see Orchids in a natural setting. As to cats in the garden - they look beautiful but sometimes they just have to do something to annoy the gardener :-)

Suss o Kai said...

Oh so luuky you are that have Orchids in the garden and it is so beutiful to. Wath a cute cat :) / Suss

tracysmorris said...

Your orchids are just lovely, and the kitten is too cute!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Beautiful, beautiful flowers..(Orchids) and an adorable kitty make for the perfect Springtime post! I loved it!
Mona

Mel Cole said...

That is a cute companion your got in your garden there. Your kitty. :) My Fertilizer Friday

Masha said...

I love looking at orchids, thanks for indulging me:). Yours are so beautiful and unusual. Cute kitty too.

TheGardeningBlog said...

The Orchid is beautiful but Ground Control steals the show!

Clipped Wings said...

Comot's a cutie and what lovely orchids!

milka said...

Oh p3chandan, your orchids very cantik lah! Growing on the ground, can meh? Hehe i very bodoh in orchid ma, teach la...
By the way, the cat is so cute. My neighbour's cat used to lepak in my house but he has been missing in action for the past 6 mths, a bit missing him lor..

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from Tootsie Time as participating in Fertiliser Friday and really enjoying meeting everyone else. What gorgeous orchids and kitten.

Food so delicious! said...

Very pretty!!! I only have the white ones.. the purples ones flowered once and that was it.... sigh..

Clipped Wings said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog post. The pond plant that you like is Golden Club (Orontium aquaticum).

klaraau01 said...

Beautiful orchid - so nice to see it grow naturally - thank you for sharing

carolynsshadegardens.com said...

I love cats, and your interloper is quite beautiful with the blue eyes and grey highlights!

Casa Mariposa said...

Those orchids are beautiful! I really like the Chinese orchid. Cute cat!!

p3chandan said...

Thank you Pozdrawiam, it is beautiful!

Thanks Donna, Lotusleaf..Comot has bluish eyes and very cheeky!

Diana that were weeds! hehe..3rd last photo are the Thai basil which has grown quite high where Comot is always playing hide n seek.

I thought you have passed the working age Rainfield and became a Gentleman of Leisure! haha..

Hi Cherry hope you didnt get fooled on April Fool Day..hehe..thank you for dropping by.

Thank you, I love them cos no fuss like the real orchid!

Thank you Tyra and Anna, thanks for visiting my small garden.

p3chandan said...

Rosie I have one cat named Chomel, this one Comot cos of the dark brown spots on its nose, ears and tails make it look a bit 'dirty' or untidy!

Bernie, purple variety should be lovely, very seldom seen here.I remembered my grandma used to have them and those days the original colour was purple, now you have so many colours! The kitty loves to prance around the garden whenever Im there.

Darla, Egretta...ground orchid is a no fuss plant than the real orchid, very easy to grow and mantain them. Quite lovely as a houseplant too.

Thank you Cher, Easygardener and Tracy..thanks for dropping by my garden.

Thanks Mona, Mel, Christine, Clipped Wings and Masha..nothing compared to your beautiful roses! Kitty is indeed a good companion in the garden, I never get bored seeing her cheeky antics!

Milka, thats why la its called ground orchid..can be grown in pots or on the ground. Its easy to grow and maintain not like the real orchid. My neighbour's cats all the time lepak at my house especially during meal time!

You are welcome anytime Klara! Luckily we have Blotanical we can share and see gardens all over the world!

Thanks Carolyn, I think its a mix breed of Siamese.

Thanks Casa..those are really cute and lovely!

dona said...

What a lucky woman is that who can grow orchids on the ground! I sincerely envy you! :)
Btw: Ground Patrol is so funny! My helpful kitten is called Carlos instead.

Theanne and Baron said...

Your ground orchid is gorgeous...lovely pale color! Comot, your Ground Patrol for the day, is quite handsome!

p3chandan said...

Dona ground orchid is easy to grow and maintain not like the real orchid.So you too have garden helper at home!

Theanne thank you.

One said...

Someday, I intend to grow ground orchids. Yours are beautiful. Comel and comot sound similar. Surname Co.

siteseer said...

Is it hard to grow 'cats' lol. Bet it's nice to have company in the garden while you're working.

Malar said...

I ahve seens this Orchid back in hometown when i was young! Now i seldom see them!
Teh kitty is so cute!

Tootsie said...

I might be late...but at least I showed!!! this is great! I love that kitty...thanks for linking in!