#AtoZChallenge: My Favorite Things O

Orchids

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You have to love these cute little faces. Seriously, look closely at them!

The first one for me was in high school, probably it was at the prom. It came in a clear plastic box and was so ornate, almost bizarre looking, that I could hardly believe it was a real flower. It was delicate green with dark burgundy stripes and it lasted for a whole week in the refrigerator before it started to decompose. It was an orchid.

One of the best things about life in Florida is that orchids will grow here, outside, unattended for the most part. Of course, they do better when cared for, but even I with my frequent lapses in attention to my plants, even I can keep orchids alive. April is a very good month for orchids. They bloom and stay beautiful for weeks.

Here are some pictures of my favorites. I get to see them every day, hanging in the pergola outside my dining room window.

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these deep purple ones are some of my favorites

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I bought this orchid having not seen it in bloom.  I waited for a whole year before coming out one morning and seeing this flower stalk – not at all what I expected.  Since then, it has bloomed every spring and looks like this

 

 

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My surprise orchid in full bloom.

A neighbor has an “orchid wall” and I use it as an example of what they can look like when they are carefully tended.

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I wonder if other people stand outside her house and stare like I do…? Creepy

Anyone else have a favorite flower this spring?

16 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: My Favorite Things O

  1. Orchids seem exotic and delicate. Beautiful, but untouchable. Too special for every day. To be surrounded by them would be a decadent indulgence.

    Clearly, my perception of them is ignorant and far too restrictive.

  2. Ya know, I don’t take time to enjoy flowers. But I gotta say, those orchids are most impressive. Maybe I need to slow down and smell the flowers as the old adage tells us. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Pure gorgeousness! Like Susan, I’m in Chicago and this isn’t the best climate for those beauties. However, I’m a flower essence practitioner and I work extensively with a line of essences made from orchids. They are quite wonderful indeed.

      • Flower essences are vibrational remedies that don’t contain any plant material, and hence no scent. But they carry the energetic vibration of the flower/plant. Bach flower remedies are widely known and have been around for ages and perhaps you’ve heard of them; but there are many many more lines of essences available these days.

        Essential oils are a different thing altogether. They’re scented, and indeed made from botanical material. I’m also an aromatherapist and natural botanical perfumer, so I do use essential oils both for therapeutic reasons and to create perfumes.

        While that’s not what I’m blogging about in this challenge, I have written about both flower essences and essential oils.

  4. I love your orchids–I also wrote about orchids today. They aren’t really happy here in Chicago, although I know a couple people who do well with them as indoor plants. But I still think they’re amazing! Thanks for sharing yours.

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