Orchids are usually perceived as hothouse beauties, flowers cultivated purely for their visual aesthetic, like supermodels. Like models, orchids can be provocative and persnickety, difficult but oh so worth the trouble to those who fall under their spell. But you must know that, besides the over-exposed Phalaeonopsis, there exist hundreds of fascinating varieties not known to the general public. One such orchid is the oncidium “pupukea” that I discovered thanks to the florist Marc Mignon, on the Cameleon orchid stand at the Salon du Végétal in Angers. This orchid smells of the freshest bar of soap–very wholesome and spring-like. Which is quite appropriate, given the satiny, soap-soft texture of the leaves and even the blossoms… 

It’s time for an orchid spring-cleaning: out with boring beauty and in with botanical depth of character!




~ by lisacwhite on February 27, 2009.

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