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Orchids Orchids Everywhere

Updated on March 28, 2015

Ode to My Husband's Orchids...I love them!

Forgive me, if I "wax eloquent" about my husband's blooms;

Their beauty decorates our house - they're found in all our rooms.

Some ablaze with color; some large, some minuscule,

No matter what their size or shape; in our home, ORCHIDS rule!

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P.S. My husband grows these gorgeous orchids, and this is the only way you're "gonna see 'em"!

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Orchidmania!

That is what I call the affliction that pervades our domicile!

Too elegant for words...
Too elegant for words...

Ode to the Orchids ~ Part 1

Orchids, orchids, everywhere, oh, what a sight to see! They cover all our living space, and quite exquisitely...

If you could see their loveliness, I know that you'd agree, that you've never seen such orchids, that bloom so magically!

They decorate our counters, in lavender and pink, my husband grows these orchids, as fast as I can blink.

They're lined up on the windowsills, they're sitting in the sink. Watch out for the orchids, if you need to get a drink!

Another of my husband's gorgeous orchids.
Another of my husband's gorgeous orchids.

Ode to the Orchids ~ Part 2

The orchids that we love so, cover every inch of space. They're here and there, and anywhere, that we can find a place.

Each night he puts an orchid on the table, in a vase. They decorate our domicile, with elegance and grace.

I think that some are angels, I think that some are weird. He even has a green one, that appears to grow a beard.

There's some that look like insects, which suddenly appeared. Some masquerade as aliens - of which I am "afeared"!

This orchid was spectacular, and large, too!
This orchid was spectacular, and large, too!

Ode to the Orchids ~ Part 3

Oh, the splendor of the orchids! No words cannot be applied, within the English language; I KNOW, for I have tried.

I'm at a loss with orchids, they can NOT be described. The truth that they're magnificent just cannot be denied.

One day, as I was watching, one opened to the sun. I happened just to be there, when its blooming had begun.

It slowly and so gently turned its face into the sun - I froze in awesome wonder, 'til its opening was done.

I simply could not "get over" how deep the color was in this little orchid.
I simply could not "get over" how deep the color was in this little orchid.

Ode to the Orchids ~ Part 4

He inherited his green thumb, when he was just a lad. His father grew such flowers! So, he learned it from his dad.

I wish I had his talent - it's one I've never had. If the plant is called an ORCHID - he'll grow it, and I'm glad!

So, the orchids cover everything, the floor, the porch, the wall - and we enjoy their beauty; winter, summer, spring, and fall.

My husband's gift is awesome, but you might like to recall - that he just tends the orchids - God's Hands made them all!

One more of his beautiful orchids.
One more of his beautiful orchids.

A Lot More of His Beautiful Orchids...

...can be seen below.

In some of our other articles, we showed you our weird orchids, our Alien Orchids, our Elegant Orchids, the Weird Orchids, and our Angel Orchids . Here, we are going to show you the rest. Hope you enjoy them, as we do, and....there are more! I only have so much time in the day, to take and crop, orchid photos, so...

Here's ONE BEAUTY to start you off, and then...see the orchid photos in the galleries below. There are LOTS of them, and every one of them is grown by my husband!

Orchids on the counter -

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Do they look REAL, or not? I saw them bloom, photographed them, drank in their glamorous fragrance, and I STILL cannot believe they are real!Another study in contrast - so sweet, so delicate, such a deep "throat" - breath-takingly beautiful, this one.How does God DO that? Pure white and sparkling or is it startling burgundy, here?He is a lean, mean, green fighting machine!Another one of our tiny Baby Orchids, come home to stay...Oh, my word! When this one blooms - it is intensely unbelievable!Doesn't this look like it was freshly painted?This lovely yellow orchid reminds me of a daffodil every time I see it. Isn't it lovely?I would swear, if I did, that this half-clown, half-elegant Orchid is really mixed-up!Shades of lime green and lemon here - they look good enough to eat!
Do they look REAL, or not? I saw them bloom, photographed them, drank in their glamorous fragrance, and I STILL cannot believe they are real!
Do they look REAL, or not? I saw them bloom, photographed them, drank in their glamorous fragrance, and I STILL cannot believe they are real!
Another study in contrast - so sweet, so delicate, such a deep "throat" - breath-takingly beautiful, this one.
Another study in contrast - so sweet, so delicate, such a deep "throat" - breath-takingly beautiful, this one.
How does God DO that? Pure white and sparkling or is it startling burgundy, here?
How does God DO that? Pure white and sparkling or is it startling burgundy, here?
He is a lean, mean, green fighting machine!
He is a lean, mean, green fighting machine!
Another one of our tiny Baby Orchids, come home to stay...
Another one of our tiny Baby Orchids, come home to stay...
Oh, my word! When this one blooms - it is intensely unbelievable!
Oh, my word! When this one blooms - it is intensely unbelievable!
Doesn't this look like it was freshly painted?
Doesn't this look like it was freshly painted?
This lovely yellow orchid reminds me of a daffodil every time I see it. Isn't it lovely?
This lovely yellow orchid reminds me of a daffodil every time I see it. Isn't it lovely?
I would swear, if I did, that this half-clown, half-elegant Orchid is really mixed-up!
I would swear, if I did, that this half-clown, half-elegant Orchid is really mixed-up!
Shades of lime green and lemon here - they look good enough to eat!
Shades of lime green and lemon here - they look good enough to eat!

Orchids by the sink -

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Well, these were blooming over the sink! Aren't they just spectacularly striking? Who could NOT love this duo?Another one that loved the sink! After he got watered, he just hung around on the counter, sticking his tongue out at the rest of the gang. Yeah, he's rude, and crude - but keeps himself clean, so we keep him.This one is a rabble rouser! The moment he hit the sink area, he took off running - look at his L-O-N-G legs! Well, you can just IMAGINE the ruckus it caused, in the kitchen, with all of the pot-bound orchids. I had to snatch him quickly, before the These two are ALWAYS welcome to the Kitchen Sink conclave. They are meek, quiet, sweet, and sensible. Nary a peep out of either one. I just love 'em....These two are like the previous ones - quiet, well-behaved, and always welcome! They deserve their botanical name given, or part of it, anyway. They are called Laelia Rubescens, and as lovely a sink-dwelling orchid as you would like.Oh, dear! They're at it, again! This bunch just yells - all the time - non-stop! They think it is there business to keep everyone of the Kitchen Sink orchids apprised of the latest up-to-date happenings in the Orchid World. I wouldn't MIND so much, bHere's my "bouncer". He helps my husband keep the other Sink Orchids in line - we can't always be there, 'ya know? The sheer size and bulk of this fellow intimidates even the "Green Hornet Blasters" above. Handsome, ain't he?Pinocchio! That's what he's called, but this one, Gepetto didn't make - he has hairy arms, and a pouch! Who ever heard of Pinocchio, with a pouch? At any rate, his pouch comes in handy, as a holding cell for any of the smaller Sink Orchids that get "Our "Caution Orchids". Their appearance on the sink, is a sure sign of trouble. Ever watchful, always awake and alert, they signal us to look for trouble; could be a recalcitrant orchid, could be aphids, could be just because they heard a "scary noisThis one hangs out on the sink, just for show. He KNOWS he is a "feast for the eyes"; HUGE, frilly, dramatic - oh, boy! - is he DRAMATIC, and just as stuck-up, conceited, and arrogant as he can be. I keep telling him that "HANDSOME IS - AS HANDSOME D
Well, these were blooming over the sink! Aren't they just spectacularly striking? Who could NOT love this duo?
Well, these were blooming over the sink! Aren't they just spectacularly striking? Who could NOT love this duo?
Another one that loved the sink! After he got watered, he just hung around on the counter, sticking his tongue out at the rest of the gang. Yeah, he's rude, and crude - but keeps himself clean, so we keep him.
Another one that loved the sink! After he got watered, he just hung around on the counter, sticking his tongue out at the rest of the gang. Yeah, he's rude, and crude - but keeps himself clean, so we keep him.
This one is a rabble rouser! The moment he hit the sink area, he took off running - look at his L-O-N-G legs! Well, you can just IMAGINE the ruckus it caused, in the kitchen, with all of the pot-bound orchids. I had to snatch him quickly, before the
This one is a rabble rouser! The moment he hit the sink area, he took off running - look at his L-O-N-G legs! Well, you can just IMAGINE the ruckus it caused, in the kitchen, with all of the pot-bound orchids. I had to snatch him quickly, before the
These two are ALWAYS welcome to the Kitchen Sink conclave. They are meek, quiet, sweet, and sensible. Nary a peep out of either one. I just love 'em....
These two are ALWAYS welcome to the Kitchen Sink conclave. They are meek, quiet, sweet, and sensible. Nary a peep out of either one. I just love 'em....
These two are like the previous ones - quiet, well-behaved, and always welcome! They deserve their botanical name given, or part of it, anyway. They are called Laelia Rubescens, and as lovely a sink-dwelling orchid as you would like.
These two are like the previous ones - quiet, well-behaved, and always welcome! They deserve their botanical name given, or part of it, anyway. They are called Laelia Rubescens, and as lovely a sink-dwelling orchid as you would like.
Oh, dear! They're at it, again! This bunch just yells - all the time - non-stop! They think it is there business to keep everyone of the Kitchen Sink orchids apprised of the latest up-to-date happenings in the Orchid World. I wouldn't MIND so much, b
Oh, dear! They're at it, again! This bunch just yells - all the time - non-stop! They think it is there business to keep everyone of the Kitchen Sink orchids apprised of the latest up-to-date happenings in the Orchid World. I wouldn't MIND so much, b
Here's my "bouncer". He helps my husband keep the other Sink Orchids in line - we can't always be there, 'ya know? The sheer size and bulk of this fellow intimidates even the "Green Hornet Blasters" above. Handsome, ain't he?
Here's my "bouncer". He helps my husband keep the other Sink Orchids in line - we can't always be there, 'ya know? The sheer size and bulk of this fellow intimidates even the "Green Hornet Blasters" above. Handsome, ain't he?
Pinocchio! That's what he's called, but this one, Gepetto didn't make - he has hairy arms, and a pouch! Who ever heard of Pinocchio, with a pouch? At any rate, his pouch comes in handy, as a holding cell for any of the smaller Sink Orchids that get "
Pinocchio! That's what he's called, but this one, Gepetto didn't make - he has hairy arms, and a pouch! Who ever heard of Pinocchio, with a pouch? At any rate, his pouch comes in handy, as a holding cell for any of the smaller Sink Orchids that get "
Our "Caution Orchids". Their appearance on the sink, is a sure sign of trouble. Ever watchful, always awake and alert, they signal us to look for trouble; could be a recalcitrant orchid, could be aphids, could be just because they heard a "scary nois
Our "Caution Orchids". Their appearance on the sink, is a sure sign of trouble. Ever watchful, always awake and alert, they signal us to look for trouble; could be a recalcitrant orchid, could be aphids, could be just because they heard a "scary nois
This one hangs out on the sink, just for show. He KNOWS he is a "feast for the eyes"; HUGE, frilly, dramatic - oh, boy! - is he DRAMATIC, and just as stuck-up, conceited, and arrogant as he can be. I keep telling him that "HANDSOME IS - AS HANDSOME D
This one hangs out on the sink, just for show. He KNOWS he is a "feast for the eyes"; HUGE, frilly, dramatic - oh, boy! - is he DRAMATIC, and just as stuck-up, conceited, and arrogant as he can be. I keep telling him that "HANDSOME IS - AS HANDSOME D

Orchids that have red hues -

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Just my all-time favorite red one! It glistens, it sparkles, it shines, and it's red goes on and on.They all wanted to be in the picture - so, I told them to "figure it out". The Orchid Pyramid Premiere presenting...the Vandas! You should have seen the mess, when they fell down!Sophistication, elegance, velvet-to-the-touch - always enjoy seeing it bloom.Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop - well, actually they're about halfway up, but they won't come down.Get a load of the "lip" area - very frilly, although the petals are not!This Orchid just blooms RED, and "muted".Yes, they ARE that intense.Little red-orange Orchid, that is one of our Baby Orchids.Photo just does NOT do this huge, frilly Orchid justice!Called Chia Lin - China Red - and its blooms are about 6 inches across.
Just my all-time favorite red one! It glistens, it sparkles, it shines, and it's red goes on and on.
Just my all-time favorite red one! It glistens, it sparkles, it shines, and it's red goes on and on.
They all wanted to be in the picture - so, I told them to "figure it out". The Orchid Pyramid Premiere presenting...the Vandas! You should have seen the mess, when they fell down!
They all wanted to be in the picture - so, I told them to "figure it out". The Orchid Pyramid Premiere presenting...the Vandas! You should have seen the mess, when they fell down!
Sophistication, elegance, velvet-to-the-touch - always enjoy seeing it bloom.
Sophistication, elegance, velvet-to-the-touch - always enjoy seeing it bloom.
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop - well, actually they're about halfway up, but they won't come down.
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop - well, actually they're about halfway up, but they won't come down.
Get a load of the "lip" area - very frilly, although the petals are not!
Get a load of the "lip" area - very frilly, although the petals are not!
This Orchid just blooms RED, and "muted".
This Orchid just blooms RED, and "muted".
Yes, they ARE that intense.
Yes, they ARE that intense.
Little red-orange Orchid, that is one of our Baby Orchids.
Little red-orange Orchid, that is one of our Baby Orchids.
Photo just does NOT do this huge, frilly Orchid justice!
Photo just does NOT do this huge, frilly Orchid justice!
Called Chia Lin - China Red - and its blooms are about 6 inches across.
Called Chia Lin - China Red - and its blooms are about 6 inches across.

Orchids that are pink!

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Simply one of the most beautiful orchids in this group. You'll never catch this "proper lady" misbehavin'! She is C-L-A-S-S, all the way!Ah! Nicely done, huh? This one is a sweetie, and never listens to gossip - it even has its hands up, to cover its ears, lest it hear something inappropriate, or unnecessary.The Speckled Trout Orchid - no, I did NOT put those dots there - I'm too busy, and besides, this one is too conceited to pay it THAT much attention. It's a gossip, too - look at those ears, wouldja?Oh, boy - this little sweetie is really a "keeper"! You can see he's young, and just trying out his wings. I had to rescue him a couple of times when he crashed, but with 600 hours of flight time ahead of him, I know he'll learn!Looks like another Angel Orchid - she's related to one of ours, but not the same gal.An up-and-coming star in our talent show, here. This one is teaching the others how to play their "lips" like a trumpet...of course, some of them don't have bell-shaped lips like he does, so we are pampering a bunch of f-r-u-s-t-r-a-t-e-d orchids!One of our Angel Orchids, who just got her wings!These two are a riot! They give the baby orchids rides, down their L-O-N-G lips - splash! - right into the sink. Now, that's fine, during daylight hours, but all of the splashing, and giggling and clamoring keeps my husband awake! P.S. Nothing keeps A newly birthed Baby Angel Orchid - its wings are so BIG, in proportion to its body, that it took off, right after birth. I hastily snatched it, and saved it from sure destruction, against the window pane. See how tiny it is? It's a miracle it didn'tNow, for those of you who like SHOCKING PINK, we have on display, in the kitchen, one that "almost" fits the bill. It forgot to be pink in the middle...oh, well...
Simply one of the most beautiful orchids in this group. You'll never catch this "proper lady" misbehavin'! She is C-L-A-S-S, all the way!
Simply one of the most beautiful orchids in this group. You'll never catch this "proper lady" misbehavin'! She is C-L-A-S-S, all the way!
Ah! Nicely done, huh? This one is a sweetie, and never listens to gossip - it even has its hands up, to cover its ears, lest it hear something inappropriate, or unnecessary.
Ah! Nicely done, huh? This one is a sweetie, and never listens to gossip - it even has its hands up, to cover its ears, lest it hear something inappropriate, or unnecessary.
The Speckled Trout Orchid - no, I did NOT put those dots there - I'm too busy, and besides, this one is too conceited to pay it THAT much attention. It's a gossip, too - look at those ears, wouldja?
The Speckled Trout Orchid - no, I did NOT put those dots there - I'm too busy, and besides, this one is too conceited to pay it THAT much attention. It's a gossip, too - look at those ears, wouldja?
Oh, boy - this little sweetie is really a "keeper"! You can see he's young, and just trying out his wings. I had to rescue him a couple of times when he crashed, but with 600 hours of flight time ahead of him, I know he'll learn!
Oh, boy - this little sweetie is really a "keeper"! You can see he's young, and just trying out his wings. I had to rescue him a couple of times when he crashed, but with 600 hours of flight time ahead of him, I know he'll learn!
Looks like another Angel Orchid - she's related to one of ours, but not the same gal.
Looks like another Angel Orchid - she's related to one of ours, but not the same gal.
An up-and-coming star in our talent show, here. This one is teaching the others how to play their "lips" like a trumpet...of course, some of them don't have bell-shaped lips like he does, so we are pampering a bunch of f-r-u-s-t-r-a-t-e-d orchids!
An up-and-coming star in our talent show, here. This one is teaching the others how to play their "lips" like a trumpet...of course, some of them don't have bell-shaped lips like he does, so we are pampering a bunch of f-r-u-s-t-r-a-t-e-d orchids!
One of our Angel Orchids, who just got her wings!
One of our Angel Orchids, who just got her wings!
These two are a riot! They give the baby orchids rides, down their L-O-N-G lips - splash! - right into the sink. Now, that's fine, during daylight hours, but all of the splashing, and giggling and clamoring keeps my husband awake! P.S. Nothing keeps
These two are a riot! They give the baby orchids rides, down their L-O-N-G lips - splash! - right into the sink. Now, that's fine, during daylight hours, but all of the splashing, and giggling and clamoring keeps my husband awake! P.S. Nothing keeps
A newly birthed Baby Angel Orchid - its wings are so BIG, in proportion to its body, that it took off, right after birth. I hastily snatched it, and saved it from sure destruction, against the window pane. See how tiny it is? It's a miracle it didn't
A newly birthed Baby Angel Orchid - its wings are so BIG, in proportion to its body, that it took off, right after birth. I hastily snatched it, and saved it from sure destruction, against the window pane. See how tiny it is? It's a miracle it didn't
Now, for those of you who like SHOCKING PINK, we have on display, in the kitchen, one that "almost" fits the bill. It forgot to be pink in the middle...oh, well...
Now, for those of you who like SHOCKING PINK, we have on display, in the kitchen, one that "almost" fits the bill. It forgot to be pink in the middle...oh, well...

Our home's an orchid garden -

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These are just frankly - unbelievable. Large, showy, and show-stopping!No matter what I do, I cannot get him to stop sticking out his tongue - I told him, it is RUDE! He doesn't care; he thinks everyone else is "beneath him". Well, I have him by the neck, and I'm about ready to shake some sense into him...This one has captured our hearts! She never gossips, and sifts what she hears through those wonderful "filter ears" of hers. This little lady has to be rescued from the ceiling fans, the lanai, plucked out of the dining room chandelier, and rescued from the rafters. She is very sweet - but has no capacity to remember she is NOT ALLOWED to fly freely in the house!"Wild thing..ta da da da...you make my heart sing...ta da da da...you make everything groovy." He just sings it all day long, and he IS a wild thingI I have him by the nape of his neck, and he is either going to BE QUIET, so my husband can rest, or..How infinitely elegant! When this one blooms, it blooms high in the air, on a long orchid spike, and keeps us posted on what is going on in the Orchid World Down Under.Sweet little Suzy Sunshine, at your beck and call. This little gal has a "Pollyanna" attitude, and finds good in everything, and everybody. She just brightens up a room, every time she makes an appearance.Describe this one, will 'ya? When he bloomed, it took my breath away - such clean, intense striking colors! Can't wait to see him, again...Her lovely mama fell in love with a Spotted Clown Orchid, and she is the unique result! Everyone said it wouldn't last - but they've been together for 30 years!The subtle bronzy petals, with the lavender trumpet flare, just became an instant favorite, that I thought I'd love to share. Drat - rhymin' again. I'll get over it...
These are just frankly - unbelievable. Large, showy, and show-stopping!
These are just frankly - unbelievable. Large, showy, and show-stopping!
No matter what I do, I cannot get him to stop sticking out his tongue - I told him, it is RUDE! He doesn't care; he thinks everyone else is "beneath him". Well, I have him by the neck, and I'm about ready to shake some sense into him...
No matter what I do, I cannot get him to stop sticking out his tongue - I told him, it is RUDE! He doesn't care; he thinks everyone else is "beneath him". Well, I have him by the neck, and I'm about ready to shake some sense into him...
This one has captured our hearts! She never gossips, and sifts what she hears through those wonderful "filter ears" of hers.
This one has captured our hearts! She never gossips, and sifts what she hears through those wonderful "filter ears" of hers.
This little lady has to be rescued from the ceiling fans, the lanai, plucked out of the dining room chandelier, and rescued from the rafters. She is very sweet - but has no capacity to remember she is NOT ALLOWED to fly freely in the house!
This little lady has to be rescued from the ceiling fans, the lanai, plucked out of the dining room chandelier, and rescued from the rafters. She is very sweet - but has no capacity to remember she is NOT ALLOWED to fly freely in the house!
"Wild thing..ta da da da...you make my heart sing...ta da da da...you make everything groovy." He just sings it all day long, and he IS a wild thingI I have him by the nape of his neck, and he is either going to BE QUIET, so my husband can rest, or..
"Wild thing..ta da da da...you make my heart sing...ta da da da...you make everything groovy." He just sings it all day long, and he IS a wild thingI I have him by the nape of his neck, and he is either going to BE QUIET, so my husband can rest, or..
How infinitely elegant! When this one blooms, it blooms high in the air, on a long orchid spike, and keeps us posted on what is going on in the Orchid World Down Under.
How infinitely elegant! When this one blooms, it blooms high in the air, on a long orchid spike, and keeps us posted on what is going on in the Orchid World Down Under.
Sweet little Suzy Sunshine, at your beck and call. This little gal has a "Pollyanna" attitude, and finds good in everything, and everybody. She just brightens up a room, every time she makes an appearance.
Sweet little Suzy Sunshine, at your beck and call. This little gal has a "Pollyanna" attitude, and finds good in everything, and everybody. She just brightens up a room, every time she makes an appearance.
Describe this one, will 'ya? When he bloomed, it took my breath away - such clean, intense striking colors! Can't wait to see him, again...
Describe this one, will 'ya? When he bloomed, it took my breath away - such clean, intense striking colors! Can't wait to see him, again...
Her lovely mama fell in love with a Spotted Clown Orchid, and she is the unique result! Everyone said it wouldn't last - but they've been together for 30 years!
Her lovely mama fell in love with a Spotted Clown Orchid, and she is the unique result! Everyone said it wouldn't last - but they've been together for 30 years!
The subtle bronzy petals, with the lavender trumpet flare, just became an instant favorite, that I thought I'd love to share. Drat - rhymin' again. I'll get over it...
The subtle bronzy petals, with the lavender trumpet flare, just became an instant favorite, that I thought I'd love to share. Drat - rhymin' again. I'll get over it...

Their scent perfumes the air -

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"Nobody knows the trouble I've seen..." He sighs, moans, and croons this all day long! Sometimes, we just have to put him outside, 'cause he fosters "gloom and doom" in the fold. He really smells sweet, but this "Sad Sack" is down, down, down.Oh, the tiny baby darling! Just got her "wings" - see the little ones? She is just "itching" to try them out.This delicate beauty I call "Lemon Chiffon". It reminds me of a lemon chiffon pie!You like orange? THIS, is ORANGE! His color is so deep, it is amazing! Just look at how he glistens in the sunlight - in-cre-di-ble...Slightly damaged on the tip of his petals, but still one of the sweetest Orchids ever.This little fellow was cursed with a LONG tongue, but, thankfully - he only uses it for kindness - unlike a lot of people we all know. This Orchid may be tiny, but he has a big heart!You would NOT believe the aroma that exudes from these - they smell like ripe raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, all wrapped up in one scrumptious scent!Oops! Sorry. He was just coming to life when I splattered him with the paintbrush - poor baby! He chuckled and forgave me, but...it's permanent."Lazin' on a Sunny Afternoon.." This L-A-Z-Y Orchid just won't get up - for ANYTHING! We have cajoled, humored, teased, and provoked him - no go. He "shore" is "purty", but lazy as the day is long!Last, but not least, are the "Social Butterfly Orchids" - affectionately called "Dancing Lady Orchids". We have NEVER seen them dance, but they always hang out together, and they GOSSIP! If you ever need to know what is going on, ask them!
"Nobody knows the trouble I've seen..." He sighs, moans, and croons this all day long! Sometimes, we just have to put him outside, 'cause he fosters "gloom and doom" in the fold. He really smells sweet, but this "Sad Sack" is down, down, down.
"Nobody knows the trouble I've seen..." He sighs, moans, and croons this all day long! Sometimes, we just have to put him outside, 'cause he fosters "gloom and doom" in the fold. He really smells sweet, but this "Sad Sack" is down, down, down.
Oh, the tiny baby darling! Just got her "wings" - see the little ones? She is just "itching" to try them out.
Oh, the tiny baby darling! Just got her "wings" - see the little ones? She is just "itching" to try them out.
This delicate beauty I call "Lemon Chiffon". It reminds me of a lemon chiffon pie!
This delicate beauty I call "Lemon Chiffon". It reminds me of a lemon chiffon pie!
You like orange? THIS, is ORANGE! His color is so deep, it is amazing! Just look at how he glistens in the sunlight - in-cre-di-ble...
You like orange? THIS, is ORANGE! His color is so deep, it is amazing! Just look at how he glistens in the sunlight - in-cre-di-ble...
Slightly damaged on the tip of his petals, but still one of the sweetest Orchids ever.
Slightly damaged on the tip of his petals, but still one of the sweetest Orchids ever.
This little fellow was cursed with a LONG tongue, but, thankfully - he only uses it for kindness - unlike a lot of people we all know. This Orchid may be tiny, but he has a big heart!
This little fellow was cursed with a LONG tongue, but, thankfully - he only uses it for kindness - unlike a lot of people we all know. This Orchid may be tiny, but he has a big heart!
You would NOT believe the aroma that exudes from these - they smell like ripe raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, all wrapped up in one scrumptious scent!
You would NOT believe the aroma that exudes from these - they smell like ripe raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, all wrapped up in one scrumptious scent!
Oops! Sorry. He was just coming to life when I splattered him with the paintbrush - poor baby! He chuckled and forgave me, but...it's permanent.
Oops! Sorry. He was just coming to life when I splattered him with the paintbrush - poor baby! He chuckled and forgave me, but...it's permanent.
"Lazin' on a Sunny Afternoon.." This L-A-Z-Y Orchid just won't get up - for ANYTHING! We have cajoled, humored, teased, and provoked him - no go. He "shore" is "purty", but lazy as the day is long!
"Lazin' on a Sunny Afternoon.." This L-A-Z-Y Orchid just won't get up - for ANYTHING! We have cajoled, humored, teased, and provoked him - no go. He "shore" is "purty", but lazy as the day is long!
Last, but not least, are the "Social Butterfly Orchids" - affectionately called "Dancing Lady Orchids". We have NEVER seen them dance, but they always hang out together, and they GOSSIP! If you ever need to know what is going on, ask them!
Last, but not least, are the "Social Butterfly Orchids" - affectionately called "Dancing Lady Orchids". We have NEVER seen them dance, but they always hang out together, and they GOSSIP! If you ever need to know what is going on, ask them!

The orchids have invaded -

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These two orchids are huge!A sweet little "buttercuppy" Dendrobium...Warrior Orchid to the rescue!A mini-Cattleya cross-breed OrchidI give up - Angel Orchid or Baby Orchid?Is this the long awaited "Great Pumpkin Orchid"?Not the most beautiful Orchid you'll ever see, but it just might be one the the most fragrant ones!Doesn't she look like a Southern Belle? The lighting was poor, but that's what she looks like.The little lavender lassie - she's shy - hiding deep inside the Orchid!Little yellow pitchers have big ears, and a RED tongue, too!
These two orchids are huge!
These two orchids are huge!
A sweet little "buttercuppy" Dendrobium...
A sweet little "buttercuppy" Dendrobium...
Warrior Orchid to the rescue!
Warrior Orchid to the rescue!
A mini-Cattleya cross-breed Orchid
A mini-Cattleya cross-breed Orchid
I give up - Angel Orchid or Baby Orchid?
I give up - Angel Orchid or Baby Orchid?
Is this the long awaited "Great Pumpkin Orchid"?
Is this the long awaited "Great Pumpkin Orchid"?
Not the most beautiful Orchid you'll ever see, but it just might be one the the most fragrant ones!
Not the most beautiful Orchid you'll ever see, but it just might be one the the most fragrant ones!
Doesn't she look like a Southern Belle? The lighting was poor, but that's what she looks like.
Doesn't she look like a Southern Belle? The lighting was poor, but that's what she looks like.
The little lavender lassie - she's shy - hiding deep inside the Orchid!
The little lavender lassie - she's shy - hiding deep inside the Orchid!
Little yellow pitchers have big ears, and a RED tongue, too!
Little yellow pitchers have big ears, and a RED tongue, too!

We have orchids everywhere!

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Ohhhh! I should have put him in the Circus Clown Orchid article!Bloomin' Orchid by the Pool...Talk about showy!Ah, the elegance - looks like it belongs in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria...This one fell face first in a jar of wineberry paint - we pulled him right out, but the damage was done.When these bloom, their stripes are hard to see, but - they're there...I know, poor grammar, their-they're-there. Get a load of the fucshia, deep inside!Sheer - no pun intended - sophisticated beauty.This sweet little orchid saw the Alien Orchids, and it curled its petals!We are definitely in the pink, here.Sunshine? Daffodils? Lemons? What does it remind YOU of?
Ohhhh! I should have put him in the Circus Clown Orchid article!
Ohhhh! I should have put him in the Circus Clown Orchid article!
Bloomin' Orchid by the Pool...
Bloomin' Orchid by the Pool...
Talk about showy!
Talk about showy!
Ah, the elegance - looks like it belongs in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria...
Ah, the elegance - looks like it belongs in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria...
This one fell face first in a jar of wineberry paint - we pulled him right out, but the damage was done.
This one fell face first in a jar of wineberry paint - we pulled him right out, but the damage was done.
When these bloom, their stripes are hard to see, but - they're there...I know, poor grammar, their-they're-there. Get a load of the fucshia, deep inside!
When these bloom, their stripes are hard to see, but - they're there...I know, poor grammar, their-they're-there. Get a load of the fucshia, deep inside!
Sheer - no pun intended - sophisticated beauty.
Sheer - no pun intended - sophisticated beauty.
This sweet little orchid saw the Alien Orchids, and it curled its petals!
This sweet little orchid saw the Alien Orchids, and it curled its petals!
We are definitely in the pink, here.
We are definitely in the pink, here.
Sunshine? Daffodils? Lemons? What does it remind YOU of?
Sunshine? Daffodils? Lemons? What does it remind YOU of?

Ode to the Orchids ~ Part 5

We have - orchids on the counter, orchids by the sink.


Orchids that have red hues, orchids that are pink.


Our home's an orchid garden, their scent perfumes the air,


The orchids have invaded - we have orchids everywhere!

Prolific orchid in bloom in our vestibule
Prolific orchid in bloom in our vestibule

What Orchids Does He Grow?

My husband grows:

  • Vandas
  • Schomburgkias
  • Dendrobiums
  • Bulbophyllums
  • Epidendrums
  • Encyclias
  • Brassavolas
  • Catesetums
  • Cymbidiums
  • Laelias
  • Oncidium

...and some that I have not identified yet. If it is an orchid - he grows it!

The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species

The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species: 3rd Edition
The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species: 3rd Edition

My husband has most likely grown every type of orchid that is described in this wonderful book. If you know anyone who loves orchids, and want to get them something they will enjoy year after year, take a look at this book!

 

Did you like the orchids?

Tell us which ones you liked. My husband will be touched.
Tell us which ones you liked. My husband will be touched.

Which of the Orchid Galleries above did you like the most?

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For Your Viewing Pleasure - Orchids Galore!

The New Encyclopedia of Orchids: 1500 Species in Cultivation
The New Encyclopedia of Orchids: 1500 Species in Cultivation

Need we say more? If you liked looking at our amateur photos of the orchids grown in our home, you will LOVE looking at the professional photos in the New Encyclopedia of Orchids.

The book covers 1500 different species. My husband grew over 3000 different orchids!

 

If You Enjoyed the Orchids...

Did you like the photos? Do you grow orchids? Would you like to see more?

Check out our other ORCHID HUBS, because there are hundreds more orchid photos that I just cannot put up at the moment - I have to go settle down the uprising in the kitchen, amongst the "Sink Orchids"! You think they would know, by now, that I am not to be reckoned with, but they are s-l-o-w learners, to say the least. My husband loves them so, and they know it - which puts me in the dubiously coveted position of disciplinarian.

Later, y'all - off I GO! OH! Before I do - any ideas about how to "corral" the Sink Orchids? They DRAIN me - pun intended!

Some of our other Orchid Hubs are below. Please take a moment to explore them:

Photo Credits

All images portrayed here were photographed by the author - E.Tack

© 2010 Emily Tack

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Glad you enjoyed taking a peek at some of my husband's orchids. Like our Muscovy duck, they don't seem to like me at all. Now, my husband...? That is a different story. They love his attention.

      I can identify with not having a green thumb. The plants I tried to raise, years ago, simply expired in the car - right on the driveway - when they saw that they were coming to MY home. They knew my reputation with plants. Oh, well. I can grow one plant, and it seems to love my attention. That one, is edible at least. If I started to eat my husband's orchids, I would be sick, and he would be furious!

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      Cynthia Hoover 2 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      I love orchids, they do not love me though. They are one of my all time favorite flowers. I have always had a green thumb, people give me dying plants and I bring them new life. Yet, I kill orchids - every time! My fiancé usually brings me a new orchid (to eventually kill) every year for my birthday. The first made it about 6 months, then my cat knocked it off the table and ugh the mess and the mangled plant. I can not blame the last one death of an orchid on a cat though, it just mysteriously died on me. Your husband has some absolutely divine orchids, truly beautiful indeed.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, peachpurple! Did you know that there are some orchids that can be grown in ANY climate?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my granma loves orchid when she was alive, beautiful flowers but hard to cultivate in our weather

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, ajgodinho! I am so pleased that you like them. My husband will be happy, too!

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      Anthony Godinho 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, what a beautiful hub filled with the beauty of orchids and all in your home grown by your husband. Amazing indeed!

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @LauraHofman: Thank you, FlowerChick - you have some lovely roses!

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      Laura Hofman 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great site! You've inspired me to grow orchids. Beautiful photos!

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you, everyone - I am so glad that you enjoyed this! Every comment is most appreciated, I assure you - oops! Excuse me - the sink orchids are creating chaos again - better get them under my thumb...

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      veganemma 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this lens with us. Beyond the magnificence of your orchids shines your truly amazing gift of captivating your audience in a remarkable story, and beautiful prose...

      Much appreciated!

      I shall view orchids with renewd interest and most definitely in a completely new light....

      Emma

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      These orchids are wonderful, and I enjoyed you nice poem, too. I'm lensrolling this one too, to my flower lens.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Magnificent! With so many beautiful orchids I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite .. so I'm going to say that they are all my favorite. I'd give this lens a 10 if I could!

      Well done! I'm lensrolling this to my Irish wild flowers lens.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      I absolutely enjoyed your Ode to the orchids. You definitely are a poet with rhyming skills.

      The orchids are spectacular. The weirder, the more exotic as these really originated from the rain forest. I grow some orchids in the house, but not like this orchid show! Like the orchid by the sink (yellow and pink) as well as the pink one in the large photo.

      Thank you so much for brightening up my morning.

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @aishu19: aishu19 - Thank you! Glad you liked it! They are such a feast for the eyes!

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @ToddleTees LM: Thank you, Toddle Tees! I really am glad y'all like the orchids. Those sink ones give me a run for my money, though. Poetry? What poetry? I'd better read what I wrote again!

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you, Wednesday_Elf! He raises them, because he loves them - forgot to say it here, but think I said something about it on one of the other Orchid Lenses I did - he's not selling any - not now at any rate. A shelf wouldn't hold those rascals - they are on the move constantly - whew! So glad you liked it!

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      @justholidays: Thank you - if you only knew my husband! Shhhh! Don't tell him; he doesn't LOOK like Nero Wolfe, at all, but there are a lot of similarities! My mother took my Rex Stout books away for awhile, when I was a teen, 'cause I'd read 3 of them before I went to sleep at night!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Simply 'gorgeous' photos of your beautiful orchids. Does hubby raise them for fun or profit ... or both? :). Beautifully presented. 5*

      PS: What about a shelf over the sink to hold the 'sink' orchids?

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      ToddleTees LM 7 years ago

      I don't grow orchids -- only the toughest cactii survive in my house! -- but I sure appreciate the beautiful photos here! And the poetry of course!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      There's a bunch of marvelous pictures of orchids here! This reminds me of the TV series, Nero Wolfe... I love orchids, first because James Hadley Chase's "Grissom Gang" was translated in French with "No Orchids for Miss Blandish"... then because of Nero Wolfe!

      Great lens!

      Dom.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      I love the pictures! Great lens and lovely orchids...

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