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Time for a new Contest!

This is a discussion on Time for a new Contest! within the RVO's OrchidTalk Contest Winners! forums, part of the And the Winner Is... category; My mother is slowly losing her eyesight due to macular degeneration. She and Dad are ...

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    My mother is slowly losing her eyesight due to macular degeneration. She and Dad are enjoying life and traveling quite a bit now and don't keep any plants because they are snowbirds, but I wonder in the future if I can turn her on to fragrant orchids? They do seem to be a good fit for someone who has loved flowering things all her life but must slow down a little. I don't really know any blind people; can they take care of plants and things like that?

    On another note, if some others want to try the original "description" assignment, I'll resubmit if allowed. Piper did such a graceful job with her poem: I hope others will take a guess at which plant she is describing (that would be a fun contest in and of itself!). And Gin and Diane can sort out what in the world to do at the end!!

    In friendship,

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    It is a term Wolf used when they were in Fl. can't say it is a store . G

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    Mehera , Your idea is a good one . My husband gave public speaking (Toastmaster)classes at the Braille Inst. in So. Ca. I went with him a few times , sightless people have a better developed sense of touch , smell, hearing ect . put sighted people to shame .
    Now is a good time to interest her in plants . Gin

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    Can we make withdrawing from the competition punishable by lots and lots of tickle-ing???

    see, I'd try to enter too, but all I'd say is..

    "oooh it smells good... and, aaah that's a pretty fragrance, surely an olfactory food, the type that's made for romance"...

    no throwing of tomatoes please.

    so, I say let's all wait for diane and then.. let the games begin

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    It would be interesting to choose which orchids were best suited for blind or partially blind people. It would be nice if they could manage the care of the plant, if not the actual doing. I'm thinking a potting mixture that they could judge by touch. (Sphag comes to mind.) Then they could ask that the plant be watered. But they'd still be responsible for making the call. That's important as you lose physical ability and feel so helpless.

    And certainly a fragrant flower, preferably long lasting. Durable petals if touching is involved.

    What a lovely challenge! Thanks for the thoughts, Mehera!

    By the way, don't discount your entry in Diane's competition. It's much easier to follow. You did such a nice job, I was challenged to come up with something different, which is why I chose poetry. But I also borrowed the beautiful ideas you introduced. Not only am I not interested in winning this one (I had already offered to judge it, since I'm a writer), I don't have room for Diane's plant!

    Julie

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    Mehera can't withdraw! Others are still welcome to participate.

    Mehera - my mother also has macular degeneration and has had several effective laser treatments to stop the bleeding (assuming wet Macular Dengeneration). She was the one who introduced me to orchids, and she still loves to fuss over mine when she comes to visit. Repotting (cleaning up roots and stuff) might be difficult, but you could help with that. The growing and blooming, the feel, the fragrance, just the smell of a live thing, are worth the effort.

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    Thumbs up Mehera is the Winner

    Mehera, please PM me with your shipping info. The plant has just about finished blooming. I will ship in it's current pot, you can decide if you want to repot or leave for another year....


    Lovely entry, very well written...

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    Wahoo!!!

    Nice job Mehera, and well deserved!

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    congratulations Mehera!

    I think three thumbs up esp for making the effort and coming up with that lovely prose... course, I'm a picture guy so that's what won me

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    Today was a really fun day for me! I finally got the notice in my mailbox to come get a package (been on pins and needles!) and dropped everything to drive down to the PO. I picked up my eagerly awaited box from CA.

    Most commercial growers don't pack as well, but when I carefully got inside, there was the chunkiest, healthiest, sassiest little catt in a 4" pot you ever saw. Can't wait to see this new baby bloom--though it sounds like it will be next year about this time. Oh the responsibility--getting it safely through!

    But what's this? Still finding mysterious things in the box! Three tubes of paper toweling with something strange inside--long strands of sedum-like stuff. Then I found the directions--they are starts for my own donkey tail plant! What FUN! I have seen these from time to time but have never tried it myself. Imagine that--a bonus included along with my free orchid!

    Now if that's not generous, what is?

    THANK YOU DIANE!!!

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