Ailsa’s travel theme this week is flowers, so I can show you my special birthday orchid which hubby bought me. Isn’t it a gorgeous colour, and when it really gets going, I’m sure it will be very ‘floriferous‘. I love that word, and now I have a chance to use it. 😉
Orchids are amongst my favourite flowers, and the one he gave me for Mothers’ Day is still flowering beautifully.
Of course, my two can’t compare to the gorgeous display I saw at the botanical gardens in Singapore a few years ago. The National Orchid Garden is the main attraction there, and has a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids.
Here are just a few. Would you like light pink with dark pink centres?
Or maybe you prefer crimson and white.
How about pure white, with a few purple ones thrown in too?
Now here’s a magnificent speckled mauve.
This yellow with the crimson centre is just too gorgeous for words.
Bangkok airport is generously decorated with wonderful orchid displays.
In the Spring, there are stunning peach and cherry blossoms blooming in Beijing.
The magnolia flowers are all out at the Summer Palace.
Now let’s come back down to earth and visit our local nursery for a poinsettia.
Not so spectacular, but we usually find what we’re looking for.
Even on our roads we have flower bedecked cars. This one decorated from front to back with an elaborately crafted netting of chinchincherees, was carrying a bride on the way to her wedding.
I wondered how the driver could see where he was going. 😉
Last but not least are the lovely flower displays in the restaurant where hubby and I went for a fabulous dinner last night. Much to my delight, there were more orchids,
and then more…….. orchids. 😀
By now I guess you are all orchid-ed out. 😉
Today is my umpteenth birthday, and we’re going off up the hill to eat out yet again, this time with my mom, sister and brother-in-law. Tomorrow I will fast. 😆
Wishing you all a great weekend.
Gorgeous gorgeous orchids on your birthday! Mine was on the 23rd. Happy birthday again!
Thanks so much, Madhu. Belated wishes to you too. I’m sure you had a wonderful birthday. 🙂
Belated happy birthday, ad, and what a stunning display of orchids you have for us this week. Floriferous is one of my favourite words too!
Thanks so much, Ailsa. I had a very happy birthday indeed.;)
Hurrah. I always think it should be a birthday month, though. One day just doesn’t seem enough. 😉
That sounds like a much better idea. 🙂
Thanks so much, Rosa. It was a fabulous weekend. 😉
Ag, and there I forgot the felicitations – hope you had a memorable birthday weekend
they a really exquisite flowers. there was also an orchid show on at Keukenhof when we visited. It was definitely not on the Singapore scale but also well worth it
Belated Birthday wishes AD, sounds like you celebrated in style. Love all the flower pics 🙂
Thanks so much, optie. I had a lovely birthday weekend. 😉
Happy belated birthday wishes – hope you had a good one!
Thanks so much, Marco. I had a BRILLIANT birthday weekend. 😀
Beautiful! Especially loved the speckled mauve. Happy birthday!
Yes, that’s also my favourite. 😉 Thanks for the birthday wishes. 😉
Thanks so much, Cathy. 😉
What an orchid fest! 🙂 Happy Birthday! 🙂
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What a lovely Happy Birthday greeting! 😀 Thank you so very much. xx
Happy Birthday, a lovely selection of pictures.
Thanks, Trudi. Glad you enjoyed them. 😉
Thanks so much, cocoa. I had a great birthday and was very spoilt and well fed too. 😉
Happy Belated AD! my goodness I was so busy yesterday didn’t have a look at the blogs. Wishing you all things beautiful and “orchid-ed” for your birthday and always…xxx
p.s. lovely collection of flowers you got.
Happy Birthday AD, hope you had a wonderful birthday. Your orchids are wonderful, you must surely have green fingers 🙂
Thanks so much, Ruth, I did. No I definitely don’t have green fingers. They don’t take much looking after at all. I do talk to them though. 😉
Hope you had a glorious Birthday celebration…lots of love!!
Thanks so much, Lisa. Yes I certainly did. 😉 xx
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you had wonderful time. The orchids are beautiful. Fabulous photos.
Sending birthday hugs.
Thanks so much for the good wishes and birthday hugs, Florence. 😉
Happy Birthday!!!! The orchids are magnificent 🙂 🙂
Thanks so much, Dianne. I had a wonderful birthday. 😉
Lovely! Such an array!
Thanks , Naomi.
It`s your day my friend , Your blog is truly great contribution have a nice weekend 🙂
Thanks so much, Jake. 😉 Hope your weekend is a great one too.
Happy birthday! And what a lovely series of flower shots. 🙂
Thanks so much, Inga. 😉
I love orchids too! Beautiful post!
Thanks so much. 😉
Ah,orchids – there just can never be too many. Happy birthday!
My opinion too. 😉 Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. I’ve had a great one. 😉
very nice flowers, iI like
Thanks so much, macuisine. I liked your flan recipe very much. 😉
Have a great birthday AD and I trust that you will be thoroughly spoilt 😉
Thanks, Chris. I’m always thoroughly spoilt. 😉
i also love orchids. These wee wonderful. Thank you
I hope your birthday was filled with love and happiness
Thanks, sidey. Yes my birthday has been delightful 😉
Hello birthday dollypop. Glad you’ve had such a good one. Love your floriferous post. The pics are amazing. Enjoy tonight’s eat out. And the rest of the weekend. Much love xxx
Thanks so much, dinxie. Last night’s dinner was fantastic, as was today’s lunch. Tonight it’s birthday chocolates for dinner. 😉 Hugs and love to you. xx
Hope your birthday was wonderful – this is a great post! And the variety in the orchids is amazing!
Thank you. Yes, I’m having a great Birthday weekend. 😉
Happy Birthday…more orchids to come
Thanks so much. Can’t have too many orchids. 😉
Happy Birthday. You don’t look umpteen! The orchids are incredible. (And the simpler stuff is cool too). Fasting? What’s that? 😦
Thanks so much, f&f. We do our best. 😉 No chance of fasting, I’m happy to say. Too many Birthday chocolates. 😆
Some beauties here. I can almost smell them!
Happy birthday AD… wish you all the best… 🙂
Such beautiful flowers… love them.
Thanks so much for the birthday wish, Bams. 😉
happy birthday from Australia too AD, love your orchids! i had a special birthday orchid for many years but it was not so happy here and i gave it away …. it was called Red Baron …. my birthday is exactly two weeks away … and today is also my granddaughter’s birthday … so have a wonderful time …. enjoy every moment!
Thanks, Christine. Happy birthday to your granddaughter. I looked up you orchid. Is it the “Princess Diana Red Baron?” If so, it’s stunning. I see there are quite a few different “Red Barons.” I’ll keep an eye out for your birthday post so that I can also wish you. 😉
Happy birthday AD…I do hope you have a great one.
Thanks so much, granny. It’s been great so far. 😉
Hemmm.. very exotic orchids my friend. Nice entry this time 😀
Thanks so much, dellaanna. 😉
I’ve had one of them umpteenth ones hehee! … have a great time. ps fabulous pictures…;)
Thanks so much, Gerry. I’m sure I’ve had many more umpteenths than you have. 😉
Oh nooooo you haven’t, heehee! 🙂
Are we betting on it? 😉
First of all – Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂
Lovely photographs and commentary about your Orchid spotting adventures. Perhaps you should have called it “Around the world in 90 Orchids!”
Thanks, Marianne for the Birthday wishes. 😉 Yes it’s amazing how orchids just keep popping up everywhere I go. 😉
Birthday wish from me to you, may your day be a lovely one… and may the years to come be many and filled with such beauty as depicted in the photos….
Thanks so much for your lovely Birthday wishes, bdt. x
Birthday blessings! I love the orchid and I might have to send Dave shopping 😉
Thanks, Tandy. Tell Dave that Woolies have lovely orchids. 😉
May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love, and cheer.
Thanks so much. All your wishes for me have come true. 😉
Happy, happy birthday, I hope you have a lovely day and evening out 🙂 Love the orchids and could never have too many!
Thanks so much, dear Gilly. I’m having a great weekend. 😉
Happy Birthday wishes from me, too. The flowers were simply lovely. The orchids were stunning!
Thanks so much, Gunta. Orchids, my favourite houseplants. 😉
Happy Birthday ad!!!!!
*love and hugs*
Thanks so much, Hopestar. Love and hugs to you too, my friend. xxx
Many happy returns on your birthday!
You must have magically green fingers to grow such lovely orchids – they are so incredibly delicate.
Thanks for your good wishes, Madoqua. Orchids are pretty easy to look after. Just half a cup of water and a bit of misting every week or so, and a bit of orchid food every couple of weeks. 😉
Happy Birthday to You !
Thanks so much, Stefan. 😉
Happy umpteenth birthday!! I hope that, besides the lovely orchid, you also had tea/coffee/breakfast in bed 😉 Have a lovely day up the hill.
You can’t fast tomorrow 😉 Have a slice of Black Forest cake for me.
Thanks so much, Pc44. I had a wonderful lunch at Sprigs. They were open today. 😉 Finished off with delicious cheesecake. I was also given enough chocolates to do lots of damage. 😆
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! WISHING YOU MANY MORE! I love your many selections of flowers.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much for your birthday wishes, Francine.