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Plantidote of the Day 2012-01-23

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dendrobium orchid

Dendrobium orchid

Any excuse to feature an orchid is okay with me, but this time, there's a really good reason -- the 20th World Orchid Conference in Singapore! Smithsonian magazine has a jaw-dropping slide show covering the "Orchid Olympics," along with a behind-the-scenes video and various articles on the flowers (the links to everything are all on the page linked to above). Even if you're not keen on orchids, this is a world-class display. Maybe even sufficiently engaging to help you forget this is Monday and that there are people in the world who would actually vote for Newt Gingrich. Yes, it's that good!

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Submitted by lambert on

I wish they grew orchids in Maine, but the closest I can come is the heirloom iris CCB gave me... Which I should have separated, oh well...

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Submitted by twig on

Since it looks like nothing's going to be done about climate change, you'll probably be growing orchids any day now!

On a more cheerful note, an heirloom iris sounds like a good springtime Plantidote (hint, hint).