One of my earliest and greatest passions are orchids and cultivating them - especially the exotic types that grow only in the Philippines. And should I say, even more than food, music and even men for that matter!
They would come blooming in Blue, Mandarin, Pink, Fuschia, Fire Red, Orange, and combinations of colors. I could stay and stare at them for hours and would not get bored at all. I really love orchids! There is that undefined connection that gives me pure joy and satisfaction, even peace, when I see them. My favourite of all is Vanda Sanderiana (Waling-waling) and all its families!
When I was still studying in Davao, I usually visited small orchid shops that were selling varieties that bloomed with exhilirating, fabulous and colorful flowers. I fell so in love with them and sometimes just visiting these orhid shops just made my day! I scrimped and saved my allowances, just to buy and collect these babies. I used to have our house sorrunded by pots and dead trunks of trees and fern’s roots with different types of orchids attached or hanging on them. They look beautiful. And there was a point in time that they were really in full bloom and it was a wonderful achievement. So I became a serious collector. When I left, no one was really taking care of them as passionately as I did and the last time I visited only the sturdier ones survived …
Recently in Melbourne, I could not stop myself from buying a two baby sanderiana varieties (with satin blue and pink flowers), to add to my native collections. (I dreamed of one day, having a flower shop just selling orchids !!!) Though they are quite expensive, and honestly, I am not sure whether I would be able to take care of them in this cold climate – with sometimes less than 8 degrees temp. I have to create a more or less tropical environment to make them survive – maybe a glass house!
Hope someday, I would be able to produce one of these …… OMG !!! For now I will just be content with collecting photos