Last Sunday my friends Ang and Ben took me to the St. Ives Orchid Fair where they have displays of many orchid societies in one barn. Thanks, boys.
I’d already visited and posted about some of the societies’ shows individually so there was a sense of deja vu on entering the barn. Still, the camera had to come out; the flowers that open differ from week to week.
Despite the austere surroundings the orchids put on their brave faces; their best faces. However they reminded me of a Chinese saying, 好花插在牛糞上 － putting good flowers on a pile of cow manure. The beauty and the beast.
As if the venue was not ugly enough, inappropriate decorations abound – as if orchids need decorating. Overall they were not as bad as last year . Looking back at last year’s photo of the fair I can see quite different flowers being featured (other than the ubiquitous cymbidiums) Maybe the recent heat wave followed by a cold snap in Sydney has something to do with it