For those of you who were expecting the conclusion to our landscape lighting series, it will continue next week! Between going to a blogging conference last week and getting ready for my friend’s big anniversary party this week, I just didn’t get the lighting post done. In the meantime, hopefully you will enjoy reading about orchids instead :)
If you are a fan of mystery writer Rex Stout, you know that he had his protagonist (Nero Wolfe) spend at least one uninterrupted hour daily sequestered in his orchard atrium. The trials of orchid propagation and disease protection were described in such detail that I formed an impression that this plant was difficult and temperamental to grow.
Then I started using the moth or Phalaenopsis orchid as an accent plant in decorating and learned how easy they are to care for.
The addition of one of these blooming plants brings a room alive with a cheerful focal point. The blossoms last for 3 months or longer. Because they are now readily available commercially and priced so well, it is possible to have at least one brightening up a room.
Do not be daunted by how exotic they look. It belies how tough and resilient they are. You need only to see the outdoor orchid garden at a resort on Lanai, or the orchids growing wild on the trees lining ‘Alligator Alley’ in Florida to be convinced.
Keep reading to find 7 surprising things you didn’t know about caring for orchids.