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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….

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One of the most beautiful orchids on earth is the ghost orchid.  It is also known as Dendrophylax lindenii for all of you horticulturalists out there.  It is such an amazing plant that a book was written about it, called The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.  The book was so great that a movie called Adaptation was made.  What a great story for such an amazing orchid. 

The ghost orchid is native to Florida and is endangered in the wild.  It is an epiphyte and grows on trees in the Florida Everglades.  The white flower of the ghost orchid appears to be floating in air when it blooms, as its’ roots blend so much with the tree, you can not really notice them.  The ghost orchid is especially difficult to spot because it only blooms for such a short time and can grow high in the branches of the trees it anchors to.  It is also deep in the swamps of the Everglades. 

I have yet to see a ghost orchid, nor traveled to the Florida Everglades.  After reading the book and watching the movie, I realize how people can become so attached to plants, especially orchids.  I have always had this affinity for orchids, this special appreciation for their ephemeral beauty.  They are truly something special.  Especially because many of the native orchids are impossible to propagate.  Many native orchids including the native orchid of Long Island, can never be propagated by a human hand.  There are specific environmental factors in nature that just cannot be manipulated by hand.  This is why they are so amazing.  And this is why a lot of them are endanged.   People will try to take them out of the wild and propagate them.  Most of the people will end up disappointed. 

Perhaps this is nature screaming for us to stop.  Humans feel like they can manipulate our native environment and in the end, they really end up screwing it up.  It is sad to think that some of these species can actually disappear. 

One day I will see the ghost orchid and think of how delicate and special it is.  I will think of the story that followed down in the Florida Everglades.  It is music, once again, to my horticultural eyes.  I can imagine the ghost orchid in my mind, dancing above, hanging from tree branches, white as a ghost.  I close my eyes and it appears and it calms me.  Nature always has a way of doing that…

 

 

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