Pretty Pictures: Orchids

19 Sep

This orchid room was on display at this year’s county fair. Isn’t it just gorgeous? I’m kind of torn—I’m a reverent supporter of xeriscaping and hope to one day convert my front and back yard into a water-conserving paradise. Growing orchids in our climate is kind of the equivalent of buying oranges from Chile in the off-season. I love orchids but I just don’t think that they were meant to live everywhere and since it takes so much time and trouble to grow them here I have to wonder if it’s worth it. If you’re an orchid aficionado and that’s your passion, that’s one thing. But the casual gardener like myself can’t really justify the time, energy and money it takes to sustain plants that abhor my climate.

I mean, I tried. After I graduated high school I had enough disposable income to spend on exotic flowers yet not enough to move out and support myself so I filled my bathroom at my mom’s house with orchids. I learned a lot about orchids in that time, namely that you shouldn’t try to grow them if you live in a hot, dry, savannah-like climate. They did okay in the bathroom, which received lots of light and was constantly a bit humid from the showers my sister and I took, but removing them from that room was practically a death sentence. When I finally moved away from home I ended up returning the orchids to my parents’ bathroom. They were unhappy anywhere else.

I could never get them to bloom after their initial flowering, but I could get them to grow and look happy as long as they stayed in the bathroom. Whenever I see orchids in the store I’m tempted to try again but I can’t justify spending twenty bucks on a project I don’t have the time and energy for.

Aren’t they lovely though?

3 Responses to “Pretty Pictures: Orchids”

  1. Suzanne September 19, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    I love orchids and have been trying to grow them for years. This is the first time I have actually got one to flower after its initial bloom. I understand not wanting to waste the money, but I can’t help but keep trying! Great pictures!

    • LittleBig September 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

      Wow, that’s awesome! Someday if I have a bathroom with a sunny, steamy disposition, I’ll buy them again. Right now I just can’t justify trying to grow them. But I do still love them.

      • Suzanne September 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

        I know people say orchids are so easy to grow, but its never been that way for me. You should definitely try again when you have the right environment.

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