Staring into my dendrobium orchid, I immediately feel at ease. Flowers always have a way of doing that to me. What can I say? I love them. They can make me calm in the midst of a storm. I can be in the middle of a hurricane and I take one look at that flower, and peace just comes my way. Which is just one of the reasons why I have a sick passion for orchids.
I am constantly buying orchids. I am constantly buying plants. Am I a plant fanatic? Yes!!! I freaking LOVE them!! There is something amazing about orchids. I have always been obsessed with them. I dream of having an orchid nursery one day, a huge greenhouse full of orchids. I dream of the smell of the greenhouse, that earthy soil smell, the humid air, the flowers dancing from the breeze of the fans. That greenhouse smell is one of a kind. I will have this one day. I know I will. It is my destiny.
One of the most beautiful things in this world are orchids. There are so many species, so many cultivars. Their diversity is certainly one to appreciate. There are chocolate orchids, terrestrial orchids, epiphytic orchids (grow on tree branches and bark of trees-very cool stuff indeed), native orchids, dendrobiums, paphiopedilums, cattleyas-the most amazingly fragrant of all orchids, miltonias, phalaenopsis, and the list could really go on and on.
I have an amazing appreciation for every orchid out there, especially the ones that are difficult to get to re-bloom. Some require certain temperatures and exact environmental conditions. Some of these orchids are tropical or native orchids. These types can only re-bloom in greenhouses under certain conditions. But there are species which you can get to re-bloom in your own home.
This leads me to the second reason I have this sick passion for orchids. Getting them to re-bloom can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences EVER. Phalaenopsis are probably one of the easiest to re-bloom indoors. Usually, it can take up to a year to get a new flower spike after the orchid has already flowered. Most people never have the patience to wait and end up throwing them away, which actually makes me sad. Please people, if you are going to throw away an orchid, please, call me. I will save it!!! I have actually thought of starting a business that recycles orchids that people throw away. That would be a viable business idea. Perhaps I will embark on that adventure in the future. So many plants to save, so little time!!
My passion for orchids runs deep. Orchids have always intrigued me, wrapped around my mind, embraced my spirit. They have taught me patience. My passion for orchids exists now. My dream of having a greenhouse filled with orchids will come to fruition. I see it in my future. I dream of it today, as I stare at my orchid. I dream of it as I smell its’ sweet fragrance. I dream of it as I close my eyes and awaken to my passion, the passion which lies inside my heart, my head….