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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, September 1, 2012

{Our Tropical Patio with Orchids in Indonesia}

  • This time I am eager to show you Our Tropical Patio and Orchids in Wonosobo, Indonesia
  • This will also prove that orchids only require the bare minimum for thriving well. 
  • Come on in, step outside from our kitchen-dining area onto the tiled patio. 
  • Our patio was walled in, for privacy as is very common in lots of countries. 
  • Against that wall were boards of wood wool, on which orchids attached their aerial roots. 
  • Also a larger planter box was there and some bonsai type tree in a pot.

  • Orchid blooms are so rewarding!
  • It gives you really the feeling of being in the tropics.
  • At Singapore airport there are thousands of orchids in pots, all around. It makes you think you just went to heaven! But look at our own little heaven we had in Wonosobo, Indonesia...

  • The green leafed plant (Hippeastrum Fragrantissimum) in the center, front to the right I will show in a future post as it has a story...
  • Most of you recognize several house plants in this planter. Well, they grow like weeds in the tropics and we do pamper them indoors where they never thrive as well as in their natural habitat.
  • High humidity; that is KEY.

  • Tiled patio and this fixed large planter box and adjacent a little pot with bonsai tree.

  • Another planter box and you see those boards with wood wool against the wall with the orchids.

  • The entire wall was covered with those boards with wood wool and an enormous variety of orchids.

  • Let's have a look at them.
  • Have you ever seen them grow like this on a board of wood wool?

  • They are a real study in beauty...

  • All blooms are so different and also their leaves.

  • Are they not a dream?

  • We could not get enough of them...

  • Such variety!

  • Guess that fern is clinging onto the board of wood wool as well...
  • By the way, above photo gives you a good view of that board.

  • Such a soft cream with some tender lilac color...

  • A completely different variety... in golden yellow.

  • This one looks like an elegant, upside down cousin of the hyacinth...

  • Not the best photo but I wanted to introduce you to this variety as well.

  • Another beauty...

Like little bells.
At least you got an idea of the enormous Orchid variety we had.
They were no fussy plants for cultivating and such loyal bloomers.
We loved them and it sure made for a super spot for having our coffee after work; to unwind.
On Sunday we would read here and I did crochet on my filet lace curtains...
Yep, those rose curtains at the front door are made in Indonesia!
Many fond memories of paradise, besides our consulting job, which we loved too.
Did I convince you now for getting an orchid, or two?

Related links:
{Our Home in Wonosobo, Indonesia} | Previous post by me
{Dieng Plateau Indonesia - Where We Worked} | Previous post by me
{Our arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia} | Previous post by me
{Fly with us to Jakarta, Indonesia} | Previous post by me
{Updating my readers before getting to Jakarta} | Previous post by me


  1. very pretty and tropical. i bet the humidity was thick. :)

  2. Dearest Mariette,
    Wow, how GORGEOUS they are♡♡♡ There are some I don't see here in Japan. Oh, they need High Humidity; my only orchid "clivia" given by my neighbor died with frost(^^;) I wish I could have seen your "boards with wood wool against the wall"!!! Yeah, they sure are a real study in beauty☆☆☆
    Haha, I put this post of yours in my favorite♬♬♬

    I was feeling a bit down from busy schedule, thanks for boosting my energy p;)
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  3. Dear Mariette,

    The orchids are so beautiful and what a treat to have been able to grow them so well.
    Also love the new header to your blog.

    Happy weekend

  4. Ohhhh Mariette, che stupende orchidee!!! E poi che bell'idea farle crescere in un panetto appeso al muro...non ho mai visto tante meraviglie tutte assieme, grazie per queste bellissime foto!
    Un bacione grande e buon weekend!

  5. We saw orchids in Sri Lanka that were growing like this at the botanical garden. So beautiful! We always try to make things grow where they really don't want to be. My inside plants really try to thrive but it is so difficult for them in this harsh environment. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  6. Wowwww wat mooi zeg !!!...fijn weekend...liefs Ria...xxx...

  7. Liebe Mariette,
    so eine Orchideenhaltung habe ich noch nie gesehen. Es ist sehr dekorativ und die einzelnen Sorten sind traumhaft. Sie profitieren vom feuchten Klima. Ein richtiges Orchideenparadies.
    Schöne Grüße, Johanna

  8. ciao Mariette! Adoro le orchidee, ma non ho avuto successo! Complimenti per la tua collezione!

  9. Wow, amazing flowers! I had orchid twice, both time it faded away:( Maybe one day I'll try again...
    Hugs, Jagoda

  10. You had me at Orchids!!! What a blessing to have been able to enjoy such magical beauty, right outside your door. I have managed to keep the last Orchids Mr. G. gifted me alive (flowering) for almost 3 months - somehow I manage to usually cause the flowers to fall after a month or two.

    I will be back to regular posting in the next couple of weeks. But am trying to keep up with visits and post reading. Blessings my dear friend! xo C. (HHL)

  11. How wonderful to be able to grow these amazing flowers right in your own patio! They have distinct 'personalities', each one more beautiful than the last. What a nice way to relax after a long day! It must have been sad to leave them behind. I love your new blog header. I hope you are enjoying this long weekend and finding time to be able to relax. xoxo

  12. Oh how glorious it must have been to walk outside and view all the beautiful orchids! What a great variety you had. I love all the stunning colors and petal shapes. I have had great success in growing Phalaenopsis orchids and we have been fortunate to have them rebloom for a second and third time. Simply gorgeous post!

  13. Your orchids are amazing ! How do you can to grow up so healthy ?I never did it ! I liked so much your flowers!
    Have a nice month

  14. Dearest Mariette,
    Thank you for orchids that orchids for thriving from your kitchen-dining privacy as very commn in of countries.
    At Singapors are thousands of orchids in pots an enormous variety orchids.
    Areal in beauty all of view of that board to you did crocket on your files lace curtains those rose curtains are at the from door at Indonisial.
    Best to you and lots of love.
    Thank you for help Mariette!

  15. Dearest Mariette,
    how wonderful those orchids have been! Must have been great and fantastic at yout patio!
    Have a happy new week!
    Love and hugs

  16. Dearest Mariette, These were so beautiful. Thank you for sharing all the different varieties. I loved the ones that draped over with many blooms.
    I have a couple of orchids now. I am trying to ignore them as a friend has directed. I can't count the number I have drowned. maybe better luck this time.
    Love to you, Ginger

  17. Dearest Mariette , they are lovely these orchids and blooming so much !
    I can see now the difference between of them .The colors are so pretty !
    Thank you that you gave me this opportunity to understand !
    Have a nice weekend !


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