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In which my orchid obsession is encouraged, and I am bemused.

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    Default In which my orchid obsession is encouraged, and I am bemused.

    My dear husband bought me my first orchid, and an orchid book to go with it. The book is inscribed, "For the love of my life, just because."

    Naturally, I've read the book cover to cover and gotten out my other orchid book and re-read it cover to cover, and am now obsessing over all things orchid. I'm really quite good at obsessing about things and orchids are top of the line obsession material.

    So, in response to one of my recent babbly monologues about orchids, my husband says to me, "It would be nice if you got into orchids. I'd subsidize you an orchid hobby." And he says to me, "You could make a greenhouse space in that spare closet," to which I responded "but that would end up taking over the whole bedroom then," and he replied, "Well, what's wrong with that? It would be warm and bright and nice."

    And he says to me, as I am pondering going to the orchid vendors day at the botanical gardens, "You should go that - you'd have fun." And when I pointed out that I could not afford this thing, because I had already spent my spending money on orchid things, he says to me, "Well, you should go - you'd enjoy it, and you could get more orchids. I'll budget something for it."

    I do love my husband dearly, and he does love me so very much, and apparently he also finds orchids quite lovely and is more then willing to live with many of them, and one shining truth is becoming more clear with every passing day that I obsess and he encourages me.

    He has no idea how expensive this hobby can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaEA View Post
    I'm really quite good at obsessing about things and orchids are top of the line obsession material.
    This made me laugh!!!! Yes, orchids are top of the line obsession material...you never run out of ones you, ahem, need. You never run out of things to learn. And they are so rewarding!

    I love your tagline...my parents read Nero Wolfe novels, so I started reading them as a kid...it was probably one of the reasons I have ended up an orchid lover.


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    My name is Jason and I am an orchid addict...and wish my partner were as enabling as your hubby! I am jealous already!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    This made me laugh!!!! Yes, orchids are top of the line obsession material...you never run out of ones you, ahem, need. You never run out of things to learn. And they are so rewarding!

    I love your tagline...my parents read Nero Wolfe novels, so I started reading them as a kid...it was probably one of the reasons I have ended up an orchid lover.


    I'm a huge Nero Wolfe fan! Phal. 'Nero Wolfe' is on my wish list - I don't know how easy it will be to find though, since it was registered in '81. *laughing at herself* I'm such a fangirl - I have the opportunity to go to an orchid show this weekend (two actually!!) and I intend to look for a Phal. aphrodite because it is Wolfe's favorite orchid. I've already found a source for an online purchase if the the shows this weekend don't turn up a specimen for me.


    Jason, I think I am headed in the direction of orchid addiction myself. I keep getting distracted from everything I am doing to wander off and look at them, or pick up the pots and peer at the roots, or browse OT or look at orchid pictures in google....

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    Welcome to OT ! We are all enablers here LOL. Its good that you have such a understanding and supporting husband. Soon we will be looking at a bedroom makeover I think hehe !

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    Great to have that support! Welcome to OrchidTalk!

    cheers,
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    Welcome from one addict to another

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    Thank you all for the warm words.

    I don't know about a full bedroom make over (I think the humidity would be bad for my books!) but I am considering a large orchidarium, tall enough for my phals and with room for hanging mounted orchids. I am falling in love with mounted orchids....

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    aphrodite is a lovely orchid! Its been a while since I read Neor Wolfe...I'd forgotten that was his fav.

    Yes, I love mounted orchids too...all mine mounties are small, due to space. At today's OS meeting, we have an expert from Venezuela come speak on Venezuelan catt species. At the end he showed a display, with a HUGE mounted C. mossiae at it's center. It must have been at least 5 feet by 3 feet or so, judging by its surroundings, and literally hundreds of flowers. It centered the display....looked like a huge waterfall of flowers with the other plants around it. He said he inherited it from his mother, that it was over 20 years old, and that it was mounted on cork...they just wire on a new piece of cork whenever it needs to expand more. It got carried to the show on a litter made of PVC. He said it isn't hard to transport, as long as you have a big truck. Wow!

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    Kathi,

    That sounds stunning. I saw a little oncidium mounted and blooming away at the orchid show this weekend -- so far it's the only orchid I've seen that's swayed me even slightly from my current giddy obsession with Phalaenopsis. There was also a Renanthera mounted on a giant piece of drift wood - amazing.

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