What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Flower Power


“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

Researching my 99th Etsomnia™ post, Exotica, I kept coming across incredible orchid varieties for sale on Etsy, some of which I’d never seen before. The wild diversity and glorious beauty of orchids has long fascinated me. (Did you know that vanilla is an orchid? Me, neither!) Let’s face it. Orchids are a pain in the ass to care for. Even the so-called easy ones can get temperamental if there’s any change in their watering schedule or lighting. But still, I buy them and try (and try, and try) to get them to bloom. Why do we love them so much?

Painter Georgia O’Keeffe‘s works depicting orchids and irises were interpreted in the seventies as feminine iconography, which made the Freudians wild with joy (and annoyed the hell out of O’Keeffe). On the other hand (so to speak), Tom Mirenda, orchid curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, believes our fondness for the orchid is at least in part because they appear to us to have symmetrical faces. Though I think both positions have merit, in my case, I think it’s more their weird and wonderful other-worldly qualities that keep me coming back for more.

I hope you enjoy them! Where possible, I’ve included links where you can purchase seeds for the variety pictured.

Angel Flower – Habenaria Grandifloriformis

Angel Flower – Habenaria Grandifloriformis (She’s got quite a rack on her!)

Lc. Siamese Doll hybrid - Lc. Netrasiri Doll x C. Netrasiri Beauty

Lc. Siamese Doll hybrid –
Lc. Netrasiri Doll x C. Netrasiri Beauty

Swaddled babies orchid – Anguloa Uniflora

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

18 thoughts on “Flower Power

  1. Lovely! I’ve never tried growing orchids, but some of my friends have told me they’re surprisingly tough. I’m not convinced.

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  2. I’ve never tried growing them from seeds….hmmm… mother has a friend who is an orchid whisperer, might have to inquire….

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  3. My mom and I were talking about O’ Keef the other day and I told her, poor Georgia, everyone thinks she was painting these sexualized pictures, but the poor woman had no choice if she wanted to paint close ups of flowers. I said this as I gave her a painting of Holly Hocks that I couldn’t look at because I saw…well, might as well have been pronography. Lololol. Those stinking flowers are very sexual! Did you know that a lily has six girls and a boy living on the middle? It is like a hen house!

    Those orchids are incredible!

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  4. I don’t know what I like better, the actual flower or the names. But that black orchid…….gorgeous.

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  5. Amazing images – plus I loved the Stevenson quote.

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  6. SWOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. When I look at the bee orchid, I see. . . Winnie the Pooh. Is something wrong with me??

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