Delicate as an OrchidPosted: January 6, 2016
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?
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
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