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It's all your (plural possesive) fault!

This is a discussion on It's all your (plural possesive) fault! within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I might as well make my virginal post in this forum , since it was ...

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    Default It's all your (plural possesive) fault!

    I might as well make my virginal post in this forum, since it was you who pushed me over the edge. (Well, all right, that doesn't take much.)

    I'm so not used to seeing paphs for sale in supermarkets, that I couldn't resist myself this weekend. I snatched up two in Trader Joes because they looked healthy and were in bud. (After waiting for my lowii to grow up, and thus far seeing nothing but green leaves, I really need a slipper fix.)

    I wanted to send a friend links to photos of the two latest aquistions and it turned out both of the best shots were in this forum. Then I started perusing the various threads. The photos are truly impressive! I should have heard the "Jaws" music starting up softly in the background, but by then it was too late.

    It wasn't much later that I ordered four more mouths to feed from River Valley. (What was I thinking??) Better yet, where will I put them?

    Alas, so here I sit snapping off film (can't wait for the digital camera I asked Santa for), compressing images and hoping to ID some children with unknown parentage. But here is where I thought I should make my first post.

    This little guy started off my holiday shopping spree (for myself) just after Thanksgiving (I'd been on the wagon since April):

    Paph. Mystic Jewel x Dragon Flag


    Well, Hi! and Look what you've done!
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    Oh Julie, Julie, Julie...welcome to my world!
    I started here at the forum in May, late May, with maybe 15 plants? 3 or which were slippers.
    Now, I have 87 (or so,) I think about 65 of which are slippers.

    So, what else did you get? Inquiring minds want to covet!
    Welcome to the forum...it only goes downhill from here, Girl!

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    Smile I have a similar affliction...

    Heather and Julie -

    I'm also relatively new to the world of orchids - I have been collecting for approximately 2 years.

    Somehow, I made it through the first year with only 19 plants. Now, just one year later my total is up to 76. It's a good thing my other half is supportive...

    Some people would say that once you reach a certain number, the need for 'more' should go away. I apparently haven't reached that point yet...

    Christopher

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    Welcome to you also, Christopher!
    What is it with these dear plants? We all fall prey to their wiley ways. I'm the better for it, I think. I love the satisfaction of seeing a new growth, leaf, bud...my very first plant is re-blooming, my second is in sheath. It is unbelievabley thrilling to know something is going right, and that they love you back.

    At any rate, enjoy the forums, you two! I like to think we are a fun bunch around here, and don't take things to seriously! Nice to see some new faces introducing themselves! The more the merrier!

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    No, no, no, Christopher! Warning, warning! You've got it backwards. Your need for more doesn't sate with more - it grows. It's a treatable illness. Accept it. You're hooked, bud! (76? Don't kid yourself - your other half is also a saint!)

    Life is passion. That is, it's a series of compulsive-obsessive opportunities. What I loved about my perusal of this forum is that the sharing of this passion is between pros and newbies alike.

    If you look through the photos in these threads and visit some of the spectacular Websites linked to some members, it's humbling. I'll never have the ever so rare orchid that would make a top collector drool. Yet there's a beauty in a well-raised common-birth clone that you bought from boxstore that still thrills you when you discover the spike, sheath or bud. And blushes you with pride over the resulting flower, even if it can't get out of its own way (which has been known to happen.)

    That's what I liked as I read through these forums. They're not about the biggest and best collection. They're about the mutual enjoyment and love of this magnificent and enigmatic plant - the human peer of the plant world.
    So, as time permits, I'll be sharing photos and stories of my lot - some base-born, some more noble - but all equally loved.

    Julie

    PS - Heather, more details on the purchases as the holiday crazies allow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    What I loved about my perusal of this forum is that the sharing of this passion is between pros and newbies alike.
    Well said! I think that really hit home for me! I'm still such a newb, but damn do I have a passion. These plants are like my children at this point. I would much rather spend time cooing at them than at my daily job.
    In general, I've often wondered if orchids growers just tend to be Type A, or those w/ an extreme love of nature or what? Why do we go so nutso for them? Definitely some sort of obsession involved. I'm a really obsessive person, so this passion just fell into place, and makes a lot of sense to me.


    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    I'll never have the ever so rare orchid that would make a top collector drool. Yet there's a beauty in a well-raised common-birth clone that you bought from boxstore that still thrills you when you discover the spike, sheath or bud. And blushes you with pride over the resulting flower, even if it can't get out of its own way (which has been known to happen.)
    True - but one thing I've learned - NEVER, ever, say never! That has burned me more than once around here!

    Look forward to seeing more of your holiday crazies! LOL!!!!

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    Welcome to the forum Julie, and as Heather says, welcome to our world.

    Nice Paph, looking forward to more pics from your collection.

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    Hi Julie, Hi Christopher!

    Glad you both decided to join us! Welcome. There really are some amazing photos here in OrchidTalk as well as some amazing folks! From beginners to experienced growers, we all have something to learn. That was the hope when we created the forum, anyway. We wanted to create a place on-line were people with a passion for these mystic plants could come and share their disappointments and successes, their experiences and great finds.

    You have already met some of our members today. I am sure everyone will make you feel right at home. (nothing like hanging with a bunch of orchid addicts...lol )

    I look forward to your photos and stories!

    Welcome!

    Cheers!
    Brutal_Dreamer

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    Julie, Christopher, welcome aboard! Glad you two are here, sharing the starts of a great addiction! Enjoy!

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    I've warned everybody who would listen about the perils of paphs...


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