Monday, November 22, 2010

Orchids

(click on photo to enlarge)

But not just any orchids.

Phalaenopsis.

A dozen of them. On our dining room table.

My version of the most famous quatrain from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám would go like this:

“A Dozen Orchids underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread -- and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness --
Ah, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”

because a Dozen Orchids will beat a Book of Verses every time.

The plant with white flowers that are speckled with purple was a gift from a friend who came to dinner about 14 months ago. The plant with purple flowers I purchased myself about three months ago from our local Kroger supermarket’s florist section to help make Mrs. RWP an even happier camper.

I apologize for the quality of the image. It was made with my cell phone, sent to my daughter’s cell phone, and returned to my computer in an e-mail message. Such are the measures one must take when one (a) doesn’t own a digital camera or a scanner and (b) refuses to pay money to the cell phone company for broadband.

Wikipedia says there are over 26,000 species of orchids. The only ones I know are Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Cymbidium, and those enormous ones all the girls used to wear to the proms.

1 comment:

Putz said...

you ole twightwas>><>spring for wideband and go uptown{this from someboddy whop has stopped bloggin}