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January 21, 2018
Orchid Euphoria
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
I recently flipped my wig for orchids.
This is not exactly a suitable crop for a Pennsylvania farmer, but they have nonetheless captured my heart. I have a sunny bathroom to thank for my new addiction. This past summer I placed two orchid plants that had long since bloomed on a towel rack over my clawfoot tub. Other than the Christmas cactus, they are my only houseplants and I liked the bit of green they added to the decor. The littlest orchid arrived several years ago in bloom, but never even showed a hint of repeating the show.
Something about the combination of the indirect light and the gentle humidity from the tub (no shower in this room) and perhaps the temperature appeals to my Phalaenopsis friends and to my utter delight they are full of buds and blooms.
I tell the Farmer that some people actually grow these as cut flowers and how profitable they could be if the Farmer’s Wife had lots of practice growing them…he just rolls his eyes. The Farmer’s Wife wants to grow figs, ginger and turmeric too…enough of these boring old carrots and kale!
To fully indulge the fantasy I am headed to Longwood Gardens today to check out the Orchid Extravaganza. What better place to go on a Sunday in January that has the ever so slightest hint of Spring? And I can write it off as research, right?
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