Monday, December 19, 2011
Gifts that keep on giving
An orchid she declared. She couldn't take it with her. Did I want it? Doubtful since I'd heard orchids were difficult to grow and one of my "darling" cats had knocked one off a shelf earlier that year effectively killing it, I hedged. She urged me to take it and somewhat reluctantly I gave in. I stuck it in the north window in the kitchen - lots of light and cool nights - I'd done my research. After a couple of months of largely ignoring it, I noticed a shoot sticking way out towards the window.
That year it graced me with 42 or more lovely fuscia blooms.
Last year it offered 56.
This October I was excited to notice that my north window was beginning to show results again. Yesterday I took the photograph above as I set the plant in a westward facing window along with a little green orchid (below the larger one) that had similarly put out a bud or two. Some of the earliest buds were beginning to open.
This accidental present has brought so much joy and pleasure that this morning I needed to share its beauty.
Hope you have something wondrous to share today as well - it makes the world seem a much nicer place.