This orchid is one of my favourite flowers. It normally blossoms once a year, in November or latest in December. For a few years it was impeccable with its timing, the first flowers opened almost to the day around the beginning of November. The blossoms in the picture are from January four years ago, when some of the flowers were in full bloom, and other buds still needed to open up.
Yet, last year was different. November came, no blossoms, December came, no blossoms. Not only that, but the new brunch with the buds did not grow, for months, actually for the whole year the only growth were the green leaves. My Cambria Orchid had no flowers in 2015. I kept watering it weekly, wondering why it hasn’t blossomed.
Then a few days ago I noticed it, the new shoot. Gently, without calling attention to itself, it showed its head out of the green leaf. What a delight!
I was looking forward to it for the last few months. Perhaps the plant wanted to be more in line with spring; so far the flowers always blossomed in winter. This year, it thought me that it is worth waiting for what we love. And never give up hope, for the plant that normally blossoms in winter was healthy and green the whole year, and eventually it will blossom in spring.
© Iva Beranek (11th January 2016)
Photos by © Iva Beranek