Photograph from The Asheville Citizen-Times
Photographer: John Fletcher
Regular readers know that we visit the Biltmore Estate frequently. We tend to focus on outside activities or the "special" guided tours. On a recent visit we decided to go through the greenhouses. While all the plants are impressive, the orchids grabbed my attention.
I love orchids and have grown them (one at a time) in the past. They bloom for a very long time. But then they stop blooming for a very long time and the plants without blossoms are not all that attractive. My neighbor has a perfect place for growing orchids. It's a bay window and she had the contractor put a large sunken area with a shallow sink in the window sill. The sink has a liner containing rocks and water. Fifteen or more orchids sit on these rocks and thrive. At any given time she has so many of them blooming that one totally overlooks the other plants. I'm glad she grows them.
I'm not a golf fan. I never watch more than recaps of shots on television. But you just have to love it when a man named "Bubba," a Floridian who went to college in Georgia, who never took a golf lesson in his life, wins the coveted Green Jacket of the Master's Tournament.