Saturday, February 26, 2011

So pretty on my counter . . .

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett

Cause & Effect One of my favorite Star Trek The Next Generation episodes is "Cause and Effect," where the Enterprise is caught in a time loop.  (I just love those kinds of stories.) In it, Beverly Crusher clips the dead blossoms off her orchid.  A very BIG orchid with lots and lots of flowers.

They used orchids a lot on Star Trek, probably because they look so strange to most of us.  Strange because people on budgets just don't plop down nearly $40 on a plant.

Several years ago my mother started buying orchids.  Hey, I even bought two of them for her. (On sale for $20 and $17.)

Two years ago, I watched "Cause and Effect" about four times in a couple of months and decided, "Hey, I want an orchid."  Do you think any went on sale anywhere?  I had to wait until Christmas 2010.  I was in the grocery store, picking up a few items and checked out the sale rack and, hello! they had a bunch of mini orchids for sale.  I'd bought one for my mother for $7 the previous Christmas (oops, almost forgot about that one), and they had them on sale for $2.  Hey, just my price range.

It had two flowers.  One dropped off almost immediately, but the other lasted for two weeks.  Then it was bare for about a month.  I was sad, and I figured it would take a LONG time before it blossomed again.

Orchid_5 Happily, I was wrong.  Almost immediately it started to grow more and soon there were FIVE buds.  Weeee!  But then I forgot to water it for a couple of days and two of the buds shriveled up.  Boo-hoo-hoo!  But three have survived.  One has bloomed and I hope another will soon.  (I don't think that third one will.)

But isn't it pretty?

Now I want MORE orchids.  I want different ones.  I want pink ones and yellow ones and striped ones and spotted ones.  I like that the blooms sometimes last for months.  I like that they're so delicate and yet so strong.  I like them because they're strange and beautiful.

I just like them!

What plant brings you the most pleasure?