Wednesday, September 9, 2015

It Moves My Heart

"Just as I wonder
whether it's going to die,
the orchid blossoms
and I can't explain why it
moves my heart,

why such pleasure
comes from one small bud
on a long spindly stem, one
blood red gold flower
opening at mid-summer,
tiny, perfect in its hour."
- Sam Hamill, The Orchid Flower









18 comments:

  1. Kay, I love orchids...but have never had any other than a fake one once. I am not very good with house plants. LOL. Blessings for a great end of the week. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Hey Susie! I love all flowers and always have. My Richard is the one who is the best at flowers and plants! I get to enjoy them though! That photo is of the orchids at my mother in law's in England, I just loved how it went with the poem! xx

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  2. If you have orchids, i hope you are having good luck with them. They are beautiful.

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    1. I have had orchids before but when I have returned home from visiting England, they were sitting in water. NEVER leave orchids sitting in water, they will die! (The person who overwatered them doesn't read my blog, so it is okay to tell you this!)

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  3. That was a lovely poem. Very soothing.

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    1. And you know, I think it applies to any flower really!

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  4. My white orchid has been carrying the most beautiful blossoms for months now. They will, as always, eventually dry and fall off, and then the orchid will lay dormant for many more months, before completely out of the blue new ones will form. It is a small miracle every time!

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    1. So you really understand this! The photo is of the orchids at my mother in law's in England, her orchids are gorgeous! I know the poem is about orchids but I feel the same way about any flowering plant, to see a plant create a bloom is always a small miracle to me!

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  5. Your header is so pretty. I'm not much of an orchid fan, too delicate, too fussy, but I like your poem.

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    1. Thank you! My header photo is of Stone Mountain from the end of August of last year! That is the yellow daisies, and I love them! My mother in law is really good with her orchids and those are the ones in the photo. They are on her kitchen window, imagine having those flowers with the pretty white curtains in front of you as you are doing the washing up!

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  6. I used to be taken round orchid houses by a world authority on them but I never managed to fall in love or even come to really like them. They always seemed so pure and unemotional to me.

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    1. Graham,
      You have reminded me of Judge Vaughn who lived in our county for many years and after he retired he spent a lot of time raising orchids and selling them from his greenhouse. . He loved them so much and I remember doing airline tickets for him so that he could attend different Orchid Shows! Maybe that is why I have a fondness for them, because I associate them with that great guy. (Besides being a judge, he was also in World War II, and was in Patton's army) He did a lot for this county including creating a Botanical Garden in our little town.

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  7. My father raised orchids, bringing them into bloom in the basement under carefully regulated lights....Now we can buy beautiful orchids in the grocery store and someone else has done the work for us. They are so beautiful, for such a long time. So graceful. So lovely.

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    1. Hey Kristi!
      See my comment to Graham above! Judge Vaughn had a greenhouse and he would invite folks over and even if you didn't buy any orchids, he loved showing them off and talking about them! I love all flowers equally from the most carefully grown orchid to the smallest wildflower!

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