“As a plant that grows and rests on its host so I depend on You, my God, Creator and host of the planet earth, for all of my life’s needs.”

c.e. hollis

Orchids are a winter flower. When the days are overcast, snow blown and cold here it is spring in the southern hemisphere and the orchids are blooming. The tree bark that gives them a hanging on place where frequent short-lived rainfalls soak their exposed roots, gives them all the nourishment they need.

The orchid is not a parasite plant like ivys and mistletoe that can overwhelm and kill a tree. They take their own food and water and sunlight and give back sturdy blooms that can last two months before they fade. I love the centers of the blooms that look like little angels with spread wings or like little girls in Sunday dresses.

I have never seen orchids growing in the wild woods. All mine come from store or flower shops and I cannot say as I have ever seen one outside an orchid show or as a decoration in a home or office building.

These plants are dependent on the host tree for a stable place to live. They must be up where rain can freshen them and where their the roots can dry. They must have sunlight––but also shade. They use those roots too to glue themselves in the crevices of tree bark. They hold tight never loosening their grip, and in such a trust I hope to live in this world dependent and holding to God as my stabilizer. I need protection of His strength and the shade of His canopy over me. I need the life He gives to hold onto.

Make me an orchid, Lord, in your garden.

Published by Elece

I am a photographer and a freelance writer. I write stories, poetry, gift books, and magazine articles––both print and online. Photographing children, places, and especially flowers is my hobby.

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      1. Anemone? Read this post. The anemone has a delicious bloom. The blues are wonderful with periwinkle petals and black wispy centers. I planted one this spring and its feathery leaves make it look so fragile that I had little hope for it.
Then just last week my plant from last year came up and bloomed. I hadn’t known they were perennials. What a great surprise.
My lilies are beginning to fill out and they should be pretty this year. I have a dark red and an orange variety.
I planted calla lilies today and a blue hydrangea. When I choose them I can’t decide if I like blue or pink the best. Both are spectacular.
My peonies are tight round bud balls. Soon they will open and such a lot of flower in that bud! It is unbelievable. I have four peonies blooming size this year and others coming. I am trying one in the front flowerbeds.
Flowers are good for the soul. They are like therapy, but cheaper with no side effects! I have sadly had people say to me that flowers are for funerals and they want none of them. What a lot of fun, beauty, and wonder they miss.
Give me a daisy for my hair, a zinnia for a buttonhole, a morning glory to climb a wall, a wildflower in the meadow, iris for the garden, tulips for the dinner table, a rose tumbling on the fence. I love them every one.


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      2. Ohh..Thanks a lot for sharing it with me 🙂
        A real experience on Flowers..Enjoy your life with more and more flowers and it will gives you happiness and let it spread more colors to your life…

        Blessings to you!

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