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WISLEY - Pansy orchid

Date: 5th May 2011

WISLEY - Pansy Orchid Last week I returned to Buckinghamshire to attend a reunion of my old 'Exercise Class'. When living in Penn I joined Jenny Hopkirk's little band of 'girls' (she is married to Paddy the Rally Driver) and was with them for 12 years engaging in a wonderful form of exercise called 'Medau'. Sadly when I left Penn (a disastrous mistake) and went to Kent, I could find no-one who held classes in this wonderful form of exercise (movement to music really) so apart from walking on the beach and doing exercises for my back, I no long have that regular commitment and camaraderie. They were celebrating 25 years together and it was great to see them again - a few changes over the years but the stalwarts are still there. I stayed the night with a friend and on my way home popped in to Wisley again - this time with the intent to purchase an orchid or two. For two years I've been seeking a Miltonia Orchid which is perfumed and I found one. It was past it's best and rather pricey but, having been told that not all Miltonias have a perfume decided to purchase the one which definitely did have a scent. There were a couple of others in bud but no guarantee they'd be perfumed. Miltonias are very different from most of the orchids one buys in the supermarkets. They look like Pansies - and indeed are called Pansy-Orchids and have a fantastically heady scent. So now I hope I can nurture the plant and that it will reward me by flowering again. I lost all my orchids at Christmas when I went to Australia leaving my flat with no heat and the poor things perished. I miss my garden terribly so orchids are my passion. I am in Paris at the moment but when I get back I'll post a photo of the Miltonia.

WISLEY - Pansy orchid

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