Every year the local conservatory has its orchid show. The truly wonderful thing about it (besides viewing wonderful orchids when it’s freezing cold out) is that it goes on for close to three months and as time goes by the display of orchids changes. Last year was my first time going and I went possibly 3 or 4 different times, it is just that wonderful to see. Before this show I only thought orchids were of the phalaenopsis type. My education was immediately expanded at the first show and has continued to grow since then.
Outside of unusual and exotic blooms like fly traps and birds of paradise, to name two, orchids have always been the Queen of the exotic flowers to me. They come in so many varieties, shapes, colors, sizes and scents, and some are edible. Last year I experienced an orchid that had the fragrance of chocolate! Some have barely a wisp of perfume while others are heavy with it. While gazing upon their beauty I find myself seeing images and patterns in their faces. I’ve imagined seeing little aliens in space ships or the snouts of pigs. You’d have to be there looking at the flower to fully understand the imagery, but the pig nosed one is featured below.
They would be lovely to have in the home but I imagine they take more care and dedication than I have the capacity for. So instead I have photos of them and go see the annual show – repeatedly.
This is the one I call pig nose.