Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Delicate, exotic, orchids

"I asked him what he thought it was about orchids that seduced humans so completely that they were compelled to steal them and worship them and try to breed new and specific kinds of them and then be willing to wait for nearly a decade for one of them to flower. 'Oh, mystery, beauty, unknowability, I suppose, ' he said, shrugging. 'Besides, I think the real reason is that life has no meaning. I mean, no obvious meaning. You wake up, you go to work, you do stuff. I think everybody's always looking for something a little unusual that can preoccupy them and help pass the time"

-Susan Orlean, "The Orchid Thief"

On the 5th of November Plantae is hosting an open day on the Boscia Farm just outside of Brits north of Pretoria. Take advantage of having the run of this specialist nursery dedicated to orchids and other rare and unusual plants. Wonderful scenery, a wide range of indigenous birds and trees will add to the magic of the visit!

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