January 11th, 2012
Have You Seen The Martha Stewart Orchid?
Posted by Sharkey
A beautiful and fragrant orchid appeared suddenly in the kitchen the other day and as I was admiring it, it dawned on me that I had seen it before. I had a feeling that it was on one of Martha’s blogs from years ago and sure enough, after a little investigation, that’s where it had been!
1 What are you looking at, Sharkey? That looks like a posting on Martha's blog from 2007!
2 It is, Francesca! I noticed that Martha had put her namesake orchid in the kitchen and it prompted me to look up some information about it!
3 Oh right, I remember this! Art Chadwick, Sr. and his son Arthur, from Chadwick & Sons, appeared on Martha's show to present her with the orchid that they named for her. Let's take a closer look at it in the kitchen!
4 Here it is! Wow, look how large the flowers are! I don't think any of Martha's other orchids blossom this big!
5 The botanical name is Laeliocattleya Martha Stewart and is registered with the Royal Horticultural Society. It's a cattleya hybrid.
6 Did you know this type of hybrid takes seven years to bloom, Franny? After that, it will bloom every year. You're seven years old. Can you imagine waiting your whole life to see it blossom?
7 That's sure one special orchid! Cattleyas are a tropical flower, right? They typically grow in South America.
8 That's right Franny. They are often used in corsages, but I think this one would look nice behind my ear, don't you think?
9 They are characterized by three narrow petals and three wide petals with ruffly edges. They also have a lovely sweet fragrance. Smell it, Francesca!
10 Oh I did, and now I have pollen all over my nose! Achoo!
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