Two weeks ago Costco had orchids for sale, for around $12.00, in ceramic containers. Most gardening shops and nurseries sell orchids for much more than $12.00, without ceramic pots, so this was a deal. I made sure I found plants that had buds, not full blooms. This week they are blooming. I am not sure the proper names of these orchids since their name sticks were missing...
This bloom is about 3&1/2 inches across.
This bloom is smaller, probably about 1&1/2 inches across.
My fascination with orchids manifested itself because I have yet to bring one back to bloom a second time. I think I may have the mystery solved, though... I do have one orchid from last year that has the signs of new flowers for this year... It's showing promise. Proper lighting has helped, but the only place in my house that has proper lighting is my tiny bathroom... I'm hoping the "new" old house will give me success with orchids, since there's a "green" or "sun" room perfect for plants.