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Cattleya Sans famille

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    What is often called a NOID here ; in my greehouse usually called "Lost Label" , but the French expression - meaning "without family" amuses me, and I sometimes use it. The more linguistically challenged visitors to my greenhouse sometimes take it seriously... which is not really my thing.

    Whatever ; not very big flowers , perfect for a buttonhole in the lapel of your suit, chaps. Come on, own up, who is wearing a suit ? How the world has changed - nowadays , being an old bloke and therefore old-fashioned, I sometimes put on a suit and wear a tie when we go to the theatre or a smart restaurant - then look around, and realise I am the odd man out in the whole room . ( Actually I did that in the Summer, at one of the London theatres, then found the only other man in the room wearing a suit was sitting next to me - we looked at each other and laughed - and btw it was the actor/filmstar Hugh E Grant - but then he too is a bit of an odd-ball.
    How did I get to this point in my rambling ? Ah, I remember, when I used to go to my first Orchid Society, almost 50 years ago, we did wear suits and ties, and we did wear a flower in our button-hole. ( This one would have been perfect - just the right size, about 2 inch ). The Committee encouraged it , of course it had gone out of fashion in England 50 years before that, because it enabled complete strangers to go up to one another and start talking - an ice-breaker you might say. Made for a great atmosphere. I did suggest it to my current Society - and they looked at me as if I was mad ... I probably am......
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    Nice Catt. and a neat story behind it. Thanks, Geoff.

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    Yes I can definitely see this Cattleya in someones button hole. A beautiful yellow bloom and I like the red splash on the lip. Enjoyed the narrative Geoff.

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    Cool story, Geoff. We can hardly get the members of our society to wear a simple name tag so that others will know their names. I think I would have like living back when people wore suits to meetings and wore orchids in their lapels. Seem classy and special like the beautiful yellow cattleya. Nice growing and cool history.

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