Hurrah for flowers! They surely must be the loveliest groupings of atoms and stuff we have knocking around this fertile planet of ours.. and i find orchids are particularly enchanting examples as they sure can be frisky little beggers; for example, some of them go to all sorts of lengths to get butterflys to do filthy business with long, luscious tongues, all over their sticky bits & pieces. disgusting, but you really can’t blame them. butterflys are h.o.t. hot baby!
This weekend sees the annual New Zealand Orchid Society competition and the subsequent public show, held at the Mount Albert War Memorial Hall, on New North Road, Aukland (20th -22nd July). Mike Leaghty from Tucker’s Orchid Nursery informed me earlier today that visitors can see a whole bunch (!) of collectors, competitors, enthusiasts and their respective plants, rosettes and various hangers on (that’s an orchid gag too, some live in trees..)..
Also, budding aficionados can purchase some of the deliciously devilish plants, talk to the experts and maybe even join one of the many clubs that will be represented (some from as far away as Whangerei). It will be a great way to spend a few hours over the weekend, meeting new friends and discovering the various joys of the flirty old orchid.. (e.g. your vanilla flavour comes from the seed pods of a certain variety of orchid.. and and and, the name ‘orchid’ actually originates from the greek word for testicle – see, told you they were saucy wee thangs)
untill then, then, i’m going to leave you with a charming except from one of my fave books (Jitterbug Perfume), penned by one Tom Robbins.
“..to wit: it is better to be small, colourful, sexy, careless and peaceful, like the flowers, than large, conservative, repressed, fearful and aggressive, like the thunder lizards; a lesson, by the way, that the Earth has yet to learn.”