We have an amazing orchid! I mean, this thing is almost 12 feet wide…honest. Neighbors have stopped by for a cutting. The window installer asked for one. The best one was the lady that stopped by our last garage sale. She got out of her car and instead of walking up the drive made a beeline to the front garden, exclaiming over the yellow roses. That is until she saw The Orchid. She received a cutting too.
The Orchid has been with us for over 15 years. It came to us in a small pot from a relative long ago when we lived in the city (Tampa, Florida). The Orchid did not like it there, but boy howdy, when we moved to the country it exploded with growth. We were amazed! What did we do different? Not a darn thing. I put The Orchid on the front porch and blinked. That quick it had overtaken the front garden.
One year, we trimmed The Orchid as it was attempting to overtake the sidewalk. We cut off a three foot hunk and put it out back. And now we have The Orchid and Little Orchid. Little Orchid lives back by the cedar tree and is flowering for the first time this year.
We had a friend ask us recently what type of orchid The Orchid is. No idea. Really. Not a clue.
We were on a trip to an antique mall the other day, searching for new ideas and maybe some special finds. What we found was special very indeed and it was sitting on a bench just inside their door. The bench held two trays, each with little potted plants and a photograph of what their flowers would look like when they bloomed. The little pots held little pieces that looked just like The Orchid. How could this be? In an antique store no less. Now before us we beheld the tag attached to one of the little pots that told us the name of The Orchid. Epidendrum ibaguense or Crucifix Orchid.
You just never know what you will find in an antique store.