I have loved orchids ever since I first read Nero Wolfe as a kid (Timothy Hutton did a great TV adaptation a few years ago). I already enjoyed horticulture and to have a detective-hero who had his own greenhouse where he nurtured and nursed his blooming children made it obvious that I had to have a few plants of my own. In those days orchids were very hard to find. Now they are in every grocery store, or so it seems. My wife has recently developed an appreciation of the delicate blooms as well and rather than giving her cut flowers that would fade and die in a few days, this anniversary I got her a small phalaenopsis. In the sunlight the blooms are translucent and gorgeous.