Other People’s Orchids

The other night I made a rare nocturnal foray into the world of orchid societies but I came away before the monthly meeting started at 8:00 p.m.

According to their newsletter a lesson for novices was scheduled before the meeting but it never happened.  No one knew why.  The members were friendly and the orchids presented were impressive but I decided it was ‘not my scene’.  The energy in the room was all about competition and maybe I am a bad sport:  I don’t need to know that I am better than or more likely, worse than someone else.  Not at growing orchids anyway.

I am a novice but I can grow orchids of the common garden varieties.  They flower for me and they reproduce often enough for sharing.  I should be happy.  However, it was inspiring to see other people’s successes:



I noticed more than one member of the orchid society wearing orchid coloured clothes


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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9 Responses to Other People’s Orchids

  1. angela1313 says:

    I guess that’s why I’m not a joiner. I always thought all that need for competition came from insecurity. Don’t I wish people were more like orchids. They are content to be what they are. Even when they are dormant.

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  2. wfdec says:

    Some beautiful flowers but I agree about the whole competition thing.

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  3. I know what you mean – whenever I’ve tried joining things they always seem offputtingly intense.

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  4. Excellent pics, Mary

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    Wow, these are something, Mary. I’ve never tried to grow them.

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