Since flowers are a recent passion I had never gone to an orchid show.
Bah, I used to think, those are for folks who are a bit, well, weird. You know, obsessed. They probably wear funny hats and carry gardening shears on chains around their necks. Plus, haven’t I seen enough orchids? They’re everywhere!
Ooops. When will I learn never, ever to stick people in a box, to generalize, to think I know it all?
I went to the 75th Diamond Jubilee Orchid Show at Washington Middle School… and boy, was I schooled.
The Honolulu Orchid Society sponsored three days of displays, lectures and demonstrations. I went on the last day, just to see what the hoopla was all about.
Wow! Not only was the place packed with all kinds of (ordinary-looking, not weird) people, but the orchids– well, I was overwhelmed. The shapes! The colors! The sizes! And every one a work of art.
These people know what they’re doing.
For example, take a look at this. I’d seen baby versions, or less spectacular versions of what are commonly known as “spider orchids.” But these were spectacular.
No wonder they’re called ‘Brassia Rex.” They are the king of the spiders.
And take a look at this– they’re called “Chocolate Drop” orchids.
And this one is called “Broughtonia sanguinea.” She looks like an exceedingly striking pink princess me.
I bought a couple of orchids and took them home, where I hope to break my streak of killing every plant I try to grow. Wish me luck.
I did photograph them right away, just in case, and I’ll share them in my next post.
In the meantime, take a look at my beautiful “Flowers of Hawaii” 2015 calendar– on sale now. I just love the way the calendars turned out– they are the highest quality and perfectly showcase the plumerias, hibiscus, orchids, heliconia and bird of paradise. Each page is a work of art.
Buy one for yourself and send one to a friend who’s not lucky enough to live in Hawaii. You will love it and so will they.