Moon Orchid

Phalaenopsis Amabilis Orchid
Phalaenopsis Amabilis or Moon Orchid

This flower, Phalaenopsis Amabilis has such a beautiful common name – Moon Orchid – that I had to feature it on Flower a Day today, so near the full moon. The markings on orchids are always so finely drawn and the form of the whole plant has such an exotic feel to it that they never cease to make me catch my breath in admiration. As if in contrast, the unopened bud to the side seems rough and course. It’s a little like the ugly duckling and the swan story. It’s hard to imagine the delicate beauty that is waiting in that heavy looking exterior, to be revealed in all its glory. I haven’t managed to have these come back into flower myself, though many of my gifted friends have and my hat is off to them. Meanwhile, to compensate for my lack of green fingers, my photograph of this will not fade and so will always be in bloom! πŸ˜€ I wish all my friends a wonderful, peaceful day.

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4 Responses

  1. This is a fitting flower for today, Ellie, as you have noted, since last night marked the first supermoon of 2021. I walked the dogs last night when it was already dark and although the sky had clouds skudding across it, there was no denying the grandness of the moon. Peeking out from the passing clouds and looming large and impressive, it was a sight to behold, like these moon orchids. Their potential for loveliness also looms large and cannot be denied. They may be more demure than the supermoon but being an orchid, they are super among botanicals. Thank you for this pleasingly symbolic image, Ellie.

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    1. I’m glad this photo ticked your boxes on the night after the supermoon, Janet. Our sky was too cloudy to see any moon at all, sadly. So this flower had to suffice. And I have to say it did it for me. On to Spring now? We know it is coming – behind you, but still on the way.

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  2. The beauty of those flowers always amaze me. Amazing colors in them and then the centers draw your attention and you’re waiting for all those little blossoms to pop out when you have a full stem of wonderful flowers. Thanks very much again for sharing and hope you’re having a great day.

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    1. Thanks a lot, linda! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love orchids, they are so lovely. However I know a lot of people including myself who don’t do very well with them lol! as far as they’re concerned I’m better just to photograph them and walk away rather than try and bring them home and kill them here.

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