Charlottesville bound – indulging my orchid passion

Last night’s weather in Charlottesville was 29 and sleeting, but sunny blue skies and 58 greeted me as I drove through beautiful Virginia countryside.

 As I came up one of the beautifully rolling hills I saw this sign, and my heart did a little dance.  

As I parked, I met this lovely lady who was bringing her orchids in for a spa day. 

Walking through the greenhouse door was simply magical.  A boutique greenhouse with every imaginable orchid and a wonderfully gracious hostess, Janet, who was kind enough to give me a tour of her amazing blooming wonderland. 

I wish I could share with you the glorious sights (and fragrances), but alas, no photography allowed.  You can, however, visit the website and facebook page to see her blooms.

I would love to have taken home one of each, but I decided to try just a pair of burgundy Oncidiums which Janet said she would keep safe for me until I picked them up on my way back.  She did let me snap a quick photo of my prize so I could share them with you.

 It was such an unexpected treat to find this little jewel – just the kind of thing you hope to happen upon but rarely do.  Now that I know it’s here, I will come again.

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