Field Trip Friday--First Orchids

June 19, 2015

Did I need more orchids? Well, no, I didn’t need any, but when my orchid-loving friend Barb asked me if I wanted to go to a wholesale orchid nursery, I said yes. I counted my empty orchid pots (there have been a couple of casualties lately) and decided I could buy a few. How many did I buy? We’ll get to that.

After a two-hour drive, we came to this unprepossessing exterior:

Which led into this:

No, I didn’t drool.

But I did spend a happy hour with my friend examining orchids, choosing which to add to our collections, trying to guess what the ones without open blooms would look like. Prices ranged from $3 to $12, depending on the size and variety of orchid. We filled a large box with our choices, paid for them and loaded them in Barb’s van. Definitely a delight-ful field trip.

I bought nine. Most are in some stage of blooming, but I have one that will be a surprise. Its buds are tightly closed and I don’t know yet what it will look like.

Here are some photos:

Have you taken any field trips lately?

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  1. ...very cool. I've never seen an orchid nursery. Love the deep purple color of the last bloom.

  2. Hi, Kelly--It was a very cool sight. All those delicate flowers, and I didn't even take a photo of the rows upon rows of plants that were not in bloom. Also, that purple is my favorite color, so I had to have that orchid!

  3. What beautiful flowers! I don't know much about orchids other than that they are beautiful. I'm taking a field trip today to a nearby quilt shop that has expanded and today I'd the grand opening.

  4. Cheryl--That sounds like fun! The same friend who took me to the orchid nursery just started quilting. I showed her some of your quilts on your blog and she was impressed.

  5. Kathy- I just love orchids. Have never owned one though. Have purchased them as gifts for family. Think maybe I need to treat myself to one. Love that gorgeous dark one. It is stunning. Hugs!

  6. Debbie--You need to buy yourself the gift of an orchid! Mine seem to thrive on benign neglect. Of course, it's a lot warmer here than it is where you live.