I've been re-enamored of orchids lately, for a couple of reasons. For one, it's that time of year. You can find them on display everywhere right now, from botanical gardens to restaurants, malls and airports.
|hotel lobbies, too|
my new miniature moth orchid (Phalaenopsis). i couldn't resist this cute one with the intensely red-toned, white-edged petals. (also pictured top of post)
|gaylord palms convention center atrium|
Lost in the book, I spent a few hours in the Florida swamp with smugglers, convicts and schemers collecting ghost orchids...and then attended a prim and proper orchid show with body guards!
Botanical detail, interesting Florida history, and very enjoyable characterizations made Orchid Thief a lot of fun for this plant-obsessed Florida lover. It was a great wintertime read.
And it put a bee in my bonnet about orchids again. I'm especially fond of the minis, so when I saw them at Trader Joe's for less than $10, I convinced myself to grab one. Ten dollars worth of cut flowers wouldn't last nearly as long, right?!
Will it bloom for months and then be happy enough to rebloom next winter? I will keep you posted. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, go read Orchid Thief. I think you'll love it.