THE SPLENDOR OF ORCHIDS

Orchids are perhaps known as the most diverse flower in the world with over 25,000 recognized species!  These exotic plants symbolize love, luxury, and beauty, and are the most coveted of ornamental plants.  The symmetry of the orchid’s flowers to it stems and leaves also symbolizes perfection. The cost of a flowering orchid has become competitive with many other potted floral plants.  And prices range from about $10-$40.00 depending on the variety and size.  But, what a great investment since the blooms can often last in for several consecutive months!  With proper care, orchids will generally rebloom, and can be enjoyed for many years.

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In recent years their popularity and production have soared,  thanks to diverse cloning methods. Tiny amounts of plant tissue are actually taken from the mother plant to clone identical baby plants.  They are in abundant supply in most garden centers and  grocery stores today. For more detailed information on orchids, please visit the American Orchid Society at www.aos.org

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The gorgeous Phalaenopsis orchid pictured below was a gift from my younger sister to my Mother on Mother’s Day around 6-7 years ago.  It bloomed multiple times over the years, and is pictured in her living room.  It is alive, but hasn’t produced blooms in a while.  My hopes are to “resurrect” it in the future.

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The variety and availability of orchids make them a great and easy way to introduce floral design into your home. What a stunning presentation they make almost anywhere in your home.  Orchids can be incorporated into any season for instant beauty!   Below are some ways to  incorporate them into your floral decor:

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Add a few eggs around the base for a quick and elegant Easter arrangement.

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Orchids look great in rustic containers. Add decorative accessories around the base if desired. Even fruit such as the pears added here can enhance your design.

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This alabaster urn was a wedding gift to my parents in 1952.

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A stunning tropical arrangment I photographed on a trip to St. John’s Island in 2012.

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My sweet friend and neighbor, Maurine, did this lovely luncheon tablescape using orchids in one of her heirloom silver pieces.

Orchids can also be linked to Christian theology.  It is said that the “spots” represent the blood of Christ. 

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Enhance your Easter tablescape with a display of orchids!

(Stay posted for Orchids, Part II!)

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