My eyes automatically focus on the big, dramatic blossoms when I walk into the orchid garden at the Naples Botanical Garden. On my last visit I did a second round with my camera and focused on capturing the small orchids.The small ones are just as beautiful, I just had to get up close to notice them. In fact there was one small orchid in a hanging basket that was just budding and so small I could hardly see them. I’m eager to see what they look like when they are in full bloom.
When I returned home, I realized that my favorite small orchid is growing just outside my lanai, where I hung it last Spring before we went home. How excited I was to see the bud stem when we returned to Florida in October. Now it is in full bloom.
I have a hard time getting my mind around how these delicate beauties can thrive outside, hanging on a tree. What a miracle it is that nature provides everything a plant needs when the plant is in it’s natural environment. Nature has taken care of orchids for thousands of years without this Northern transplant’s help. Truly amazing.