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This is a discussion on comfort me...i might just cry within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; sorry to hear what's happened! Don't feel too bad, we've all had our experiences with ...
sorry to hear what's happened! Don't feel too bad, we've all had our experiences with buds, spikes, flowers.. congratulate yourself that you got it to spike and keep doing what you have done, maybe it will re-spike, maybe it will wait till next year. But, you've learnt something very important and that's the kind of knowledge which makes you a better orchid grower!
And thanks for sharing this with us, because, we can all learn from your experience!
thanks for all of your kind words guys. i'm still just sick about it, but slowly getting over the trauma. this particular plant has sent out two gorgeous leads this year. one of them is a pseudobulb now and the other isn't far away. strangely enough, it was the younger of the leads that put out the spike. it was my understanding that the older pseudobulb would typically be the first to spike. i have high hopes. but i will never again groom my orchids at midnight. a well lit enviornment is now a requirement. ba humbug.
Cat, I just wanted to say that I am always struck by your sig line. How true that is! Many is the time I have wondered exactly what original art is.
That line was written by a writer that I can't remember at the moment. It was then lifted and placed into a U2 song. The whole line is "every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief. All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief." i've always loved that line. thanks for noticing.