So far this summer has been stressful and super anxiety inducing, so I self-soothed by acquiring new plants. I went from having 8-9 plants to 20 plants in 4-6 weeks. Won’t share each and every new plant baby in detail (unless anyone’s interested), but I would like to share the last 6 that arrived this week (Etsy is one helluva drug 😅):
I’ve been really getting into orchids lately, so 5 out of 6 plants are going to be orchids…teehee
Bellatrix Lestrangé (first picture) - I’ve loved that name since reading it in HP, but added a lil sauce because I also love ball culture. Anywho, she’s a Beallara Tropic Lily Hilo Spaceship orchid plant and I can’t wait until she flowers. The seller I bought her from says she’s mature, blooming size. So I’m hoping I’ll get some inflorescence before summer’s over. But research indicates this type of orchid doesn’t necessarily have “blooming seasons” and will bloom periodically throughout the year, with a period of a few months to rest.
Vané (second pic) - simply because she’s my namesake (hello vanity! lol). She’s a Cymbidium (cym biddie biddie bom bom…lol, I had to) Vanessa Amorosi Paradise orchid plant. I believe she is also mature, blooming size but may have passed blooming season. Can’t wait for next spring to watch her show off 🥰
Laelia & Leesa (pics three and four) - they’re still babies (seedlings) and will reach blooming size in 1-2 years, so playing the long game with these darlings. Formerly (and more commonly) know as Brassolaeliocattleya (Blc.) Hawaiian Leopard Mei-Ling, now recognized at Rhynchobrassoleya (Rby.) Hawaiian Leopard Mei-Ling is a more compact growing orchid with smaller flowers. I will treat them like cattleyas in care, so I will keep a close eye while they stretch and grow their roots.
Darling Starling (fifth pic) - she’s not a girl, not yet a woman 😂 but I will be treating her a bit like a seedling to continue growing her roots and hope to repot by next spring to her more “permanent” home pot. She’s a Cattleya Motte Spot Paradise orchid plant. “She’s a pretty girl, a pretty, pretty girl” *Law Roach voice*. Can’t wait ‘til she reaches blooming size in ~18ish months.
Xena (last pic) - I love ZZ plants because it was the first plant my sister and I bought when we moved in together in the middle of the pandemic and they’re strong (and hearty) as hell. When I saw there was a dark version, Raven ZZ Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, I knew I had to get one at some point… and I finally did! Although slow growing, can’t wait to watch her grow.
I would love to hear some of your plant stories and inspo for their names!