Delicate as an Orchid

Orchid Photo

Ring Inver Ink Tattoo Parlour. Harley Weir and Julia Sarr-Jamois

It’s pretty safe to say that there is no flower more widely coveted than the orchid. With their delicate, sculptural beauty and rarity, orchids carry an unrivaled suggestion of refinement. The exotic flowers are cultivated in a wide variety of colors and delicately shaped blossoms. Beautiful on their own and as an addition to arrangements.

The funny thing?

dievca has an orchid in the Midwest that she neglects, but it loves where it is located and the darn things blossoms consistently.  she guesses a little benign neglect goes a long way with an orchid…

Different cultures throughout history have believed in the healing and protective properties of the orchid. The ancient Greeks associated it with virility, and the Aztecs were said to drink a mixture of the vanilla orchid and chocolate to give them power and strength. In traditional Chinese medicine the orchid is used to help cure coughs and lung illnesses.

Does anyone remember the intrepid reporter Brenda Starr with her dishy mystery Man, Basil St. James and his Black Orchid Serum?

Original artwork of Brenda Starr. Signed by Ms Dalia “Dal”e Messick (artist for Brenda Starr). Signed and dated 1976. This was the original. Reproductions were made of this item and were sold around. Messick signed under "Dale" to reduce the discrimination against women in comic art. [Item: 8-3/16"W X 10-1/8"H] Acquired 1998. SeqID-0278 Updated: 5/20/2005

Original artwork of Brenda Starr. Signed by Ms Dalia “Dal”e Messick (artist for Brenda Starr). Signed and dated 1976. This was the original.  Messick signed under “Dale” to reduce the discrimination against women in comic art.

An estimated 25,000 different types of orchids exist naturally, they are one of the largest flowering plant families.  But orchids have always carried the impression of rarity. Some tropical species grow in near inaccessible habitats and have never been seen more than a handful of times in the wild.

Orchids mystique and beauty was irresistible to the Victorians, who collected and displayed them as treasures. Consequently, they became a sign of luxury and refined tastes. Today they are still hunted and traded by avid international orchid collectors, who prize them for their long-lasting blooms.

What started dievca’s thought train about orchids?

Shinola’s Orchid Collar and Lead.

Strange, she knows, but that is just how her mind rolls.

PS. If dievca cannot be considered as delicate and rare as an orchid, at least she can wear the color. XO

Shinola Orchid Leather Collar

Shinola Orchid Leather Collar

Made of Wicket and Craig vegetable-tanned bridle leather, vegetable-tanned Horween leather and hardware constructed of solid brass. Cut and sewn at Real Leather Creations in Largo, Florida.

Shinola Orchid Leather Lead

Shinola Orchid Leather Lead

14 Comments on “Delicate as an Orchid”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Exotic, erotic and stunning. X

  2. Allison says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Happy New Year, love. Biggest hugs and love. Xx

  3. Not usually a pink girl, but this calls to me…happy new year, d.

  4. esther says:

    it’s interesting that you should bring up orchids…in some of my on-line profiles i mention i’m an “orchid killer.” i love orchids and always try to keep the plants after they bloom, and give them a loving home. Spike sometimes nibbled on them, and bye-bye orchid 😦 also, with the weirdly tinted apartment windows many varieties just died. and most of my apartments were just too dry in the winter.

    now-a-days with hybridization, you can get really inexpensive ones at Trader Joe’s, but they bloom then die. even with that if you buy selectively, you get a flower show that lasts longer than a bouquet! right now i’ve got 5 phaleonopsis and 1 miltonia (?) alive on my windowsills, growing but not blooming…at least i haven’t killed those ❤️

  5. zaychishka says:

    So lucky to have your orchid re-bloom,
    I can’t seem to make mine do so.


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