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The Angel Orchids

Updated on December 21, 2014
One of our little white angel orchids
One of our little white angel orchids

Well They Look Like Angels to Me!

You didn't know there were Angel Orchids did you? Not many people do, so that's not too surprising. My husband grows a lot of them, but HE doesn't even know what they are!

Well, I do...and...now; so do you!

Perhaps it's my just my imagination, but a lot of his orchids look like ANGELS to me! All right, I have never seen an angel, and I'd probably be prostrate on the ground if I did - cancel the "probably" - but that's what they look like, to me!

You tell me - angel orchids, or not?

Most of the orchids that hit my fertile abstract imagination as "angels", have lots of orchid blosssoms when they bloom, which makes me think of God's Heavenly Hosts descending.

Sometimes, there are hundreds, on one orchid plant. Here is one little white one, kissed with sunshine yellow in its "heart" area, that looks like it is coming with a blessing. Now, I KNOW that most people have never seen an angel, but I have seen Angel orchids. There are so many of them, with so many different funcions, I simply cannot show them all, but I put a lot of photos here - so you can see the Angels!

After you learn all about Angel Orchids, you might just like to invite some into your home, so I have a few tips here, down farther, on how to properly care for them. Now, I'm no orchid expert, but I do watch my husband grow them, and he is an expert. He knows all their proper names, and everything - but, "he don't know nothin' 'bout" who they really are - that's our secret!

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Angels Coming From the Sky - sung to the tune of "Angels We Have Heard On High"

Angel Orchids descending en masse
Angel Orchids descending en masse

She Is One Prim and Proper Angel Orchid!

She has her hands demurely in her muff - see it?
She has her hands demurely in her muff - see it?
Joan of Arc Angel Orchid
Joan of Arc Angel Orchid

This one is just sweet...or, IS she?

Check out her colors - and her unique bright yellow "shield"! Almost looks like a little Angel, doesn't she?

When she blooms, she is just about perpendicular to her stem, which really makes her look like she is en route to Earth bringing peace and goodwill to men!

This orchid's appearance lends itself to a lot of different applications. That "shield" in the middle, sort-of looks like some demonic face, so you could surmise that this Angel Orchid has defeated evil, and has its head on her "shield" to proclaim it, or...she could fit into the "Alien Orchid" category, because she conjures up images, of that, too.

I just think she's an "Angel Orchid"! There are more Angel Orchids below...right after a book we love about orchids. Of course, the authors didn't have a clue that they were writing about Angel Orchids...that's our secret...shhh!

A Tiny Baby Angel Orchid - she just got her wings!

She is just trying out her new wings!
She is just trying out her new wings!
Here come the Warrior Guardian Angel Orchids in force!
Here come the Warrior Guardian Angel Orchids in force!

The Warrior Guardian Angel Orchids

...ready to fight for thee and thine...

ANYONE can tell, these are Warrior Guardian Angel Orchids! Ever watchful, armed to the teeth, ready to descend at the slightest hint of chaos, injustice, or evil! Just take a look at their "war stance", and how they watch on all sides!

Prepared from birth, to be warriors, to protect the innocent, they LIVE for the sweet sounds of battle! Why, they are even in ranks, can't you tell?

Now, these Warrior Guardian Angel Orchids are the subtlest of the subtle, because they have - are you ready? - a secret weapon. You would never guess what it is...so, I suppose I'll have to tell you!

To cover their descent, and throw the enemy off their trail, they exude one of the sweetest, most pungent aromas of any of the orchids my husband grows. How's THAT for a "battle disguise"? You would never suspect that they were capable of dispatching any foe - large or small - and I'm about ready to call them to help me get rid of the ALIEN ORCHIDS!

That, is another story...

Keep it under wraps, okay? I may need the help of these orchids, and I do not want the Alien Orchids to be tipped off in advance.

One of Our Senior Angel Orchids

He is usually in charge - just look at the size of his "wings"!
He is usually in charge - just look at the size of his "wings"!
Guardian Angel Orchid
Guardian Angel Orchid

Another Guardian Angel Orchid

...a gentler type...

This Guardian Angel Orchid is really swift, but its tactics are much gentler than the Warrior Guardian Angels.

As fast as he moves, an adversary never detects his arrival. When evil raises its ugly head, this Guardian Angel Orchid comes in to stop the milder types, like someone who is about to say an unkind word to a child, or thinking about kicking a dog, or contemplating taking something that doesn't belong to them. Now, if the thought has already become an action - well, that's when the Warrior Guardian Angels step in. They don't put up with any of that, and have v-e-r-y effective ways of stopping it. But, this fellow, he and his cohorts - are more like "deflectors", and have averted more wicked actions, than anyone but God and the Angels know!

Here is Our Little Granny Angel

Coming to call, in her little pink bonnet...
Coming to call, in her little pink bonnet...

More Angel Orchids - use your imagination - aren't they angelic?

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Miss Allison Angel OrchidThe Fairy Angel OrchidsOur Angel Orchid Choral DirectorSweet baby Angel OrchidMiss Marigold Angel Orchid
Miss Allison Angel Orchid
Miss Allison Angel Orchid
The Fairy Angel Orchids
The Fairy Angel Orchids
Our Angel Orchid Choral Director
Our Angel Orchid Choral Director
Sweet baby Angel Orchid
Sweet baby Angel Orchid
Miss Marigold Angel Orchid
Miss Marigold Angel Orchid

Orchids to Know and Grow

Orchids to Know and Grow
Orchids to Know and Grow

Well, I have THOUSANDS of orchids to know, but my husband does all of the growing. This excellent book, by Thomas J. Sheehan and Robert J. Black, will tell you just about anything you would like to know about growing orchids.

You will learn about the temperature each type thrives in, how to water and fertilize them, and a lot of interesting trivia that you never knew, about orchids.

This would be a perfect gift for any orchid enthusiast, and I'll bet you find some of our little "Angel Orchids" there, too.

 
Ministering Angel Orchid
Ministering Angel Orchid

The Ministering Angel Orchid

...last but not least...

This fairly large, bulky Ministering Angel Orchid does exactly what it says in the title. He "ministers". Notice his wide, comfy arms - just perfect for wrapping around ones who have suffered the loss of a loved one, or been wounded in battle, or is sorry for what they have done - that can't be undone.

He moves very gradually into the picture, to wrap you in his "everlasting arms", to comfort, console, and completely enclose you in his empathetic embrace. No, you're right - he isn't elegant, spectacular, flashy, or beautiful, but most things that truly have a practical, utilitarinan purpose - aren't! Think about it...your cheek or your brow may be lovely, but try to survive - minus some of your "less lovely" components, and see how long you last!

This Ministering Angel rarely makes himself known, but we have all felt his compassion, and he has an ability that every heart specialist would love to obtain - he can "heal the broken-hearted", and that is worth more than all of the money, in the world!

I leave the Angel Orchid care to my husband!
I leave the Angel Orchid care to my husband!

The Proper Care of an Angel Orchid

...to the best of my knowledge, that is...

Wouldn't you like to know how to properly care for an Angel Orchid? Yeah, well - me, too. The TRUTH is - I don't know! They are usually considered "persona non grata", to most people who grow orchids, because they do not realize they are angels! I have heard that they are considered to be "difficult to grow" - but, my husband doesn't have any trouble at all. Maybe it's because his wife - that's me - knows that they are really angels, and not really orchids, at all. No - that's not it.

The proper way to care for an Angel Orchid, is pretty much the same as the proper way to care for an Angel. WHAT? I can hear you saying that, even though I can't hear you. What I mean, is - you treat an Angel with extreme deference - not worship - but respect. You acknowledge their presence, you make sure they have enough light - that's sunlight for Angels - you see to it that their needs for water and nourishment are met, and you pay attention to them. That is how you properly care for Angel Orchids.

In the case of the Warrior Guardian Angel Orchids, it they are exposed to too much light, you "blow their cover", and they aren't able to arm themselves properly, so their edges get "burnt". With the Ministering Angel Orchid a shady tree or poorly lit area is best, to help those who need comfort, to relax. Most of the other Angel Orchids, like the Angel of Mercy Orchids, the regular rank and file Guardian Angels Orchids, and the Sweet Angel Orchids, will thrive with just a regular dose of sunshine, food and water.

Once in a long while, my husband has to "clip their wings" - whoa! - wait a minute...not like it sounds! There is a proper way to do it, and it is NOT what you thought it was. To keep the Angel Orchids at optimum effectiveness - looks, development, and ability to perform their various tasks, you have to "clip their wings".

On Angel Orchids, that is accomplished by tendering removing them from their orchid pot, and gently pruning back their roots. If they are the type that is mounted on bark, or a stone, or cork - their roots can be trimmed, in place. See the Warrior Guardian Angel Orchid section above, and you'll see how easy that is. Because they HAVE to be prepared to swing into battle at a moment's notice, they are usually mounted on bark. That way, when they need to descend, their roots are unhampered by an orchid pot - gives them "freedom of movement, you know?

One more thing - Angel Orchids do not eat food - I KNOW, the angels in the Bible ate, but they weren't Angel Orchids. Those pictured above only need air, light, and water, to survive and thrive. Occasionally, a mild offering of liquid vitamins and minerals - specifically made for them - is appreciated, and sometimes they need help with mold issues. Then, my husband uses some special "secret Angel Orchid solution", and sprays them lightly with it. HE doesn't call it that, of course, but that's what it is!

He calls it Orchid Fertilizer, but THAT'S RIDICULOUS! Everyone knows that Angel Orchids aren't fertile! They don't have baby Angel Orchids, so why would he call it Orchid Fertilizer? Oh...that's right - I forgot! HE doesn't know they are "Angel Orchids"!

So, caring for Angel Orchids? That's all it takes; well - that, and love, attention, and a little appreciation - just like you and I.

Photo credits: All images here were photographed by the author. - E. Tack

Angel Orchid Curtain Call
Angel Orchid Curtain Call

My Husband's Orchids

Our orchid articles are dedicated to a very dedicated man - my husband, who just loves growing ORCHIDS.

Please tell us, if you like them. No, he's not selling any - maybe in the future.

First, I have to get him used to the idea that other people are getting an orchid tour - online!

© 2010 Emily Tack

Please leave us your thoughts... - ...I'll pass them on to my husband.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My unknown name orchid is flowering after a few years of planting. It is very similar to the left most one shown above. It looks like little angels dancing. Ah! I found its relatives here in this website. Thank you for your sharing and information ! The white dress of my angels is yellow when it blooms. After 2 weeks they become color of cream. Later they become pale pink !

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I'm a flower lover too - write many lenses on them, but this one is just gorgeous! Well deserved LOTD! Congrats

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      davidber 6 years ago

      Nice photos, beautiful flowers and great lens ;)

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Entered in Nail that Niche challenge for this December :)

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      These orchids are gorgeous and I agree, they do look like angels. Beautiful lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These are really beautiful orchids!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures of your orchids. Now I know why they have always been one of my favorite flowers. Great lens.

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @Niche-Diva: Thank you, so much! I'm "workin' on it"! The Angel Orchids will help me, I'm sure!

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      Niche-Diva 7 years ago

      Also love orchids AND Angels - now we have Angel Orchids...Please Please Please: an Angel Orchids Zazzle store!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A great lens worthy of LOTD! Orchids are beautiful!!!!

      Susie

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Beautiful photos. I have an orchid in my kitchen window. It was a Christmas gift, and still looks beautiful. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      They really look like angels or faeries :)

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @aesta1: Thank you! The Angel Orchids really appreciate your comments... just makes their wings quiver and flutter, and I am convinced that the Angel Orchids blush!

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      yummy. great!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love orchids and prefer them to other flowers to decorate my house. I bring in a whole plant and it lasts long so even if I buy them, they are still cheaper than buying flowers every other day or two.

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      aren't they all angels???

      I love orchids thank you!

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      I love these flowers. But it is very difficuilt to grow these "angels".

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I have seen many beautiful angel orchids in the Philippines. We visited one farm and we were amazed with the number of orchids in the area. This lens brings back memories of our beautiful visit. Great job! 5*

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      clspeaks 7 years ago

      Just lovely. I saw some very beautiful Orchids while in Tokyo last year and wanted to bring them home...but had no options! Congrats on Lens of the Day

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the day!...beautiful lens. I love orchids but much like your husband, I always missed the angel...well, not any more! :o) 5 stars!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens, I love the pictures...congrats on LOTD, I will star, tweet and lensroll to my Pink Lily of the Valley Lens:) ~claudia

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      Marelisa 7 years ago

      Yes, I see the angels in these orchids. :-) How creative of you to name orchids based on what you see in them.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful! They do look like angels or fairies.

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @justholidays: Thank you, ever-y-body! I just saw this, a little bit ago! I am so glad that you all liked it, and flabbergasted, frankly!

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      three sonsstudio 7 years ago

      Beautiful pics and well written lens!!!!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Beautiful! SquidAngel Blessed

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      You are spreading the love of orchids quite well with this lens. I keep looking at them in the garden centers, but haven't tried them yet.

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      WritingAdventurist 7 years ago

      My dad is the green thumb of the family, but I can look and appreciate! You were right, I'd never heard of these, but am really glad to be introduced.

      Flowers are able to light up the world in their own way and can bring life to an open space or closed up office. I imagine these unique flowers bring their own feelings into a room, or wherever they grow, that can lighten moods and de-stress after a long day.

      Absolutely well deserved LOTD

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      Absolutely beautiful! Congrats on your LOTD

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your angel orchids are...well, angelic. After reading your lens through I went back to stare at each one again. So beautiful! Congrats on LotD.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Orchids are so beautiful and you have done a wonderful job showing and sharing your story on them. I was given and orchid on my Birthday and you just put 3 ice cubes in the pot to water them, So much joy. Thank you for this lens and congratulations on LOTD.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      congrats on LOTD...indeed well deserved...5* lens. I knew there were Angel Orchids, but did not know that it was the name, just the fact they display Angels.Thank You for the Orchid tour...how can one not believe there is a God with such beauty! a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, well deserved. Featured it on Lenses that Shine

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      ShortSaleRealtor 7 years ago

      Hi five to a great lens

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      babylovetees 7 years ago

      Congratulations on being LOTD, this lens definitely deserves it! Your husbands orchids are beautiful and so is your photography of them! Maybe if we all tippy toe, your husband won't mind our virtual tour of his garden! :-)

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Tell your husband that his orchids are 'beautiful', if these lovely photos are any example! Your descriptions of these 'Angel Orchids' is so amusing and delightful I'd want to have some just for that reason alone! Wonderfully done story and very well deserving of the LOTD honor! Congratulations and thanks for the 'tour'.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Imaginative and wonderful - orchids and angels do have much in common and I love the way you've given each one a personality. I must lensroll this to the secret language of flowers.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Absoloutly lovely! Congratulations on being LOTD :)

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Oh miss Poppins! I'm so happy that you got picked for such a feature! Congratulations on your LOTD!

      Dom.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! Congratulations on lens of the day.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is really neat - well done getting LOTD. 5*s

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD!!! :)

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      I love orchids. Very beautiful pictures. Love ur lens! Lensrolled you!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      congrats on LOTD! love this lens and lensrolling to all my Angel lenses!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Angels and orchids. What a great combination and I can tell that you love them! Congratulations on your LOTD. You will find a lot more people will now discover you.

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      I enjoy photographing orchids at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida and grow some as well. Some of the blossoms in my photos look like people or cartoon characters. Thanks to your beautiful lens, I see angels in these gorgeous flowers!

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      Lynne Modranski 7 years ago from Ohio

      ABSOLUTELY LOVELY!!!! Thanks so much for sharing! 5* and lensrolling to www.squidoo.com/daffodil I'll stop back when I have more time to check out your other Orchid lenses!!!!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Congratulations on this beautiful, imaginative and whimsical lens. Well deserving of LOTD.

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      You are one of Fresh Squid April 2010 graduates! Come by and answer few questions to show the way to those who will follow! Wish you many, many more great lenses!

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      You are one of Fresh Squid April 2010 graduates! Come by and answer few questions to show the way to those who will follow! Wish you many, many more great lenses!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. Very beautiful colored orchids. :)

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      Wow!! These are some wonderful looking orchids... thanks for sharing... and congratulations on the purple star...

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      You have received a well-deserved Purple Star!

      I can see you look at orchids like others might look at clouds.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! Congratulations on your Purple Star. :)

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star! Blessed by an angel!

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are just perfect perfect flowers, so beautiful. Congrats on your purple star, an amazing achievement!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is so worthy of that purple star! Congratulations! I have to agree with you, these orchids look like angels! :D

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Yes, those are Angels...especially the one in the Intro. I am sending this to my friend in Hawaii who grows Orchids :) Congratulations on your Purple Star :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Love that purple star! Congratulations. :) The security word for my comment is 'purple lick' but if you don't mind I will just admire it from a respectful distance. Though it probably does taste of berries!

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      Heidi Reina 7 years ago from USA

      Clipping roots? That's probably what I need to start doing. My angel has only bloomed once. She definitely needs more of my TLC. Thanks for sharing your pics and advise. Wonderful lens!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star award! It's well deserved! Keep up the great - and inspiring - work!

      Dom.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      It's Purple Star Day on Squidoo and a Giant Squid Lensmaster nominated this worthy lens for a Purple Star! Congratulations!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Another great orchid lens and this time I have angel wings to bless it. Also featured on my blessed lens soon to be published

      Norma

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      This lens entered Fresh Squid Contest for April 2010: http://www.squidoo.com/freshsquidcontest

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      What beautiful and unusual flowers. My compliments to your husband.

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @KarenTBTEN: Thank you, so much, everyone. I can hardly wait to tell the "Angel Orchids" how much you like them. Boy, oh boy, will they bloom fast now!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      You're right -- those do look like angels.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      More delightful photos! Your husband certainly does a fabulous job with his orchids.

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      SandraRoseDesigns 7 years ago

      Gorgeous orchids! Love the angels!! So hard to grow - congratulations!

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Stunning orchids!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      They look like angels... indeed!

      Lovely lens!

      Dom.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      Those are beautiful photos. The do look like Angels. I believe that you have a knack for photography as well. 5* and a Stumble.

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