Frenchify Your Friday – Number 33

Beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchids

Welcome to the first Frenchify Your Friday for 2016.

To start the year off in a pretty sort of fashion – and to bring a little bit of French inspiration to this coming Friday – why not buy yourself a Phalaenopsis Orchid.

While I doubt these gorgeous blooms are of French origin (two seconds of googling suggests they are East-Asian natives) you see them absolutely everywhere in France. And right now might be a good time to apologise to the Phalaenopsis Orchid I found upstairs at Le Pré Catelan. It was so beautiful I could not believe it was real – so I touched a leaf. I can confirm it was a real plant and I really hope I didn’t bruise that leaf too much.

But I have to admit these special orchids didn’t truly capture my attention until we stayed at Le Petit Bijou, the sensational Saint-Rémy-de-Provence holiday accommodation owned by Vicki Archer and her husband David. Phalaenopsis Orchids adorn the residence.

Since our stay at Le Petit Bijou I’ve been a massive fan of Phalaenopsis Orchids and our home hasn’t been without a pot or two of the white flowering version.

They flower for months and are really easy to look after – just don’t over water them. They come in numerous colours and in single and double varieties (all are fabulous but I prefer the doubles in white). Add in the fact they cost about the same amount as a really nice bunch of cut flowers – but last so much longer – and you really can’t go wrong.

Are you a fan of Phalaenopsis Orchids?  Do you have any special tips for caring for them? If so, please share your tips in the comments section below.

All the best for a fabulous Friday.

And until next time – au revoir.



About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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