Friday, January 20, 2012

Warning: sex and violence

this gorgeous creature
 is gracing our living room
Hardly words you'd expect to hear at a garden club meeting.  Tena Van Andel entertained us with stories about this exotic flower.

Sex?  Because of the word's Greek origins. John Ruskin, the English philosopher and sometimes prude, felt the word 'orchid' should not be uttered in mixed company.

Violence?  Because  In Greek mythology, Orchis was the son of a nymph and a satyr. During a celebratory feast for Bacchus, Orchis committed the sacrilege of attempting to rape a priestess, resulting in his being torn apart by wild beasts, then metamorphosing into a slender and modest plant. Valentine florist creations

Every year, new orchids are 'discovered'.  But they've been around for 76M - 84M years.  Homo sapiens are relative newcomers, at just 300K - 400K.

The orchid industry generates $9B worldwide - annually. Astounding.  In Canada, don't get caught smuggling this exotic species, because the fines run to $500K and 10 years in jail.

These are beautiful flowers.  Rob is the one at our place that has the orchid-thumb.

His mom gave him a grassy orchid for his birthday this year, and it has been blooming for 2 months straight, its' graceful boughs arching in the living room and catching indirect sunlight.

Rob and I were wondering what those odd growths were that seemed to be appearing on the older phalaenopsis.  Keiki's, that's what.

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