Orchids are mysterious, exotic and glorious. I only recently became aware of their enormous diversity and the extensive range of their natural habitat. Thanks to the many wonderful botanical conservatories I have visited and the exciting hybridization of horticultural experts, I have gained an even deeper appreciation for these fascinating plants. I am lucky to live close to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St louis, where the annual Orchid show in the spring offers an outstanding variety of specimens for viewing. I may be posting a few orchids at a time in the Posts section of this blog. And I may devote distinct pages to some of the major classifications. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the orchids that have been taking my breath away.