Orchids and parenting
Yesterday I received a gift of an orchid that brought tears to my eyes for two reasons. First, I was very touched by it and it lifted my spirits enormously, plus it’s a really gorgeous flower. Second, I crapped myself that I’m going to kill ANOTHER orchid.
I’ve had about three orchids before and they’ve both faced a similar fate – death owing to neglect/overfeeding/underfeeding/an owner not knowing WTF to do.
They say that looking after a plant or orchid is more difficult than looking after a child, but I think they tell us that to:
a) make us have children
b) feel less guilty about killing plants
So this is my gameplan, and fortunately I have a comprehensive list of dos and don’ts to help me along. I’m also going to apply a similar strategy to caring for it as I do to parenting:
– Don’t overfeed, don’t underfeed
– Give it love and TLC
– Have patience
– Have confidence
– Sunshine is good. In moderation
– If illness strikes, take a deep breath, and tackle it head on
– If pests abound, find the best way to treat them, and try not to run around screaming if pests are spotted
I’ll report back. I’m determined to make this work.