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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

ORCHIDS

Date: 29th August 2011

ORCHIDS

I absolutely adore Orchids - I love their exoticism and now I learn that in the Victorian language of flowers Orchids are symbolic of ‘Refined Beauty’ - says it all really.

I must tell you that in it is not always the most expensive which turn out to be the best buys.

I went to the RHS Gardens at Wisley earlier this year because I heard on Classic FM that there was an Orchid Exhibition and it really was absolutely spectacular. So, being the RHS and expecting great value for great price, I treated myself to two of the most expensive orchids I’ve ever bought. Firstly I’d wanted a scented Miltonia for a long time (it looks like a pansy but many of the variety are perfumed). They had a few for sale but it was the end of the season and the one I bought should really have been reduced (in my opinion) as it was almost over its flowering period. But so keen was I to have my perfumed orchid that I parted with £23 and took it home. I enjoyed it for about a fortnight and that was that and I very much doubt that it will grow again - they are quite difficult to grow on.

Then I visited Wisley again and again treated myself to another orchid - that didn’t last a great time either. Usually I inspect the roots before I purchase - being Wisley I assumed they’d be in good order - but actually they weren’t and had I checked I’d not have bought it. They do, of course, promise your money back but I don’t exactly live on the doorstep of Wisley and how do I prove that I’ve not over-watered or in some other way killed their plant.

The point of this Blog is to let you know that an orchid I bought in Tesco (don’t often go there as its 10 miles from home and petrol is pricey) for a mere £5 not only gave me months of enjoyment but is looking so healthy that I think it might flower again in due course. So I’m left wondering if the Wisley Orchids are good for one season only so that you can’t grow them on.

Another beauty was a Cymbidium which I bought in M & S. Having been given a voucher for £25, I reckoned that as it was money I would not otherwise have had to spend, I could indulge so added £5 and walked off with my trophy reckoning that as it had cost me £5 it owed me nothing. (I’ve only had one Cymbidium in my life and that was bought for Mother’s Day by my son’s father and it lasted no time at all). Not only did I enjoy the blooms for months but it looks so healthy and with about five new shoots, I think I really will be able to look forward to another flowering.

I keep telling myself that I really must stop buying orchids but I can’t resist when I’m out shopping. So I treat myself - well what’s the harm in that. 

Miltonia - looks like a pansy and the perfume is not unlike that of pansies.  Not all miltonias have a scent.

ORCHIDS

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