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As most of my readers know I have a love for all things with flowers…growing them, decorating with them and enjoying them! But I became a real fan of orchids about ten years ago when I was given my first orchid plant by my very good friend and neighbor, Nancy. The first time it re-bloomed I was ecstatic! This has lead me to this place and time where this orchid trail begins. About a month ago with our good friends, Brenda and Quinn, we made a day trip to the Philadelphia International Flower Show. (Please don’t tell any of Paul’s motorcycle friends that he went to a “flower show”) All I can say is WOW! There are so many fabulous things I could tell you about this exhibition. But I will focus on the magnificent orchid display for this post. Click on this link to view a short video of the greenhouse: Orchid Greenhouse at the Philadelphia Garden Show
After viewing the fabulous array in Philly I was not satisfied with my few healthy, re-blooming Phalaenopsis orchids and a few other orchids that looked very pitiful. Local resources for orchids are limited. So as Paul’s birthday present to me we embarked on an orchid trail. We already had plans to rendezvous with Paul’s brother in DC for his birthday so we plotted our trail from DC to Lake Gaston. Somewhere on our way back home we were going to buy my birthday present. As luck would have it, our first stop in Vienna, VA was a winner. Orchids For You, a cute little orchid showroom, was tucked backed in a retail/commercial office district, which seemed an unlikely spot for an orchid greenhouse. As we walked in I was amazed at what was inside. After discussing my home environment with Tom, the knowledgeable owner, we decided Phalaenopsis (the easiest orchid to grow) was definitely my kind of orchid. It likes bright light and “semi-attention”, that is, watering only when it is almost dry if it is potted in a bark/moss medium. Paul and I began to make our selections. Paul, being color blind, reacts to flowers so differently than I do. I never dreamed I would be orchid shopping with Paul. Over the many years of our partnership in life we have each come to respect each other’s interests. No, I am not ready to travel on the back of his motorcycle but I do enjoy our discussions about his next motorcycle trip or his next motorcycle gadget (to some degree). As well he has come to appreciate and enjoy my love of flowers and gardening. So without further ado I present the treasures of our orchid trail adventure. Needless to say, we never stopped at the other greenhouses on the trail. We’ll save them for another day. Hope you enjoy!
Send me your favorite orchid pictures and stories. Let’s continue this orchid trail!
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