THE YEAR 2020 HASN’T BEEN ....
gentle on anyone and that includes my mother's favorite flower - the orchid. For years, the orchid Gastrodia agnicellus was simply minding its business, living and dying in the shade of Madagascar’s evergreens, with bamboo and ficus for neighbors. Flanked by moss and tucked under a damp blanket of leaf litter, its days are subdued until a flower opens beneath the rustling comforter. Platoons of ants clamber around to steal it's nectar.
Scientists from England’s Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) came upon the orchid in 2017 and 2019, and recently described it in the garden’s journal, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. That’s when things got a little awkward. If orchids could flush with embarrassment, G. agnicellus’s cheeks would be burning: In a year full of frustrations and indignities, the botanic garden team piled on the plant, playfully dubbing it “the ugliest orchid in the world.” If there was ever a year where we could use some kindness....
Poor thing.... This orchid is one of 156 species that the RBG named this year and it’s a reminder of the astonishing array of life on Earth even if it is the Ugliest!
In keeping with the orchids color scheme, I made this Twisted Sister. I know it could use some green but I'm not a green lover! What do you think?
There's no such thing as too much BLING!!!
PS If you know of anyone who might enjoy this romp, please sign them up HERE!