You may remember my blog The Fun of Learning and Zero Cost series: De-stressing Your Workplace, I shared my experiences of a short floristry course and extolled the virtues of plants and their effects on the psyche. Today it’s quick rundown on what’s happened to a single plant that has had me thinking about life and birth.
Over the summer 0f 2017 I decorated the window ceil with several plants some lasting longer than others, which meant over the course of the season I replaced the plants several times. Among the plants I regularly purchased were orchids, which as I have learnt, is taken from the Greek word for testicle, due to its bulbous root. I must admit I am a late comer to the beauty of this flower, which is not fragranced like the hyacinth or rose and has a long stalk, needing ties to a bamboo or other support, to stay upright. Each lasts about 5 – 8 weeks and though the instructions for care, state they may bloom more than once, found myself throwing all but one of the about 12 I bought.
It was one of two, (I always buy them in pairs, since they’re testicles!) I was about to throw away when I noticed little bump on one, like it was sprouting again. I wasn’t sure but decided to hold on, just in case. True enough a new stem started to grow through autumn and winter then come Spring I noticed two flowers springing out. First, the familiar 'pod' like petals which grew larger then boom, a fully- fledged flower. Sadly one perished before it bloomed but what a surprise. It didn’t make the normal 5 – 8 weeks but what a joy when I noticed two new stem sprouting from the main stalk, with numerous tiny ‘pods’. I held my breath will they make it to maturity!! Well this blog is inspired by the fact they did. I have 10 full glorious orchid flowers (see picture) and can see a couple more new ones, yet again. It was really a good feeling. Life and newness that comes from dying and rebirth.
For the first time I appreciated death, which more a curiosity rather than dread to me. The mystics, the religious say, it’s the beginning of something new elsewhere. Is this orchid an insight of life to come, will I be reborn, what do I have to do to nurture and prepare for a pleasant rebirth elsewhere? The orchid woke me up. As I look outside the window, I notice the perennial tree, the leaves fluttered away, it became bare and then the leaves slowly returning much like my orchid. Summer, with the sun and merriment has taught me a life lesson.