Art, botanical, Botony, flower, Flowers, Watercolor, Watercolour
Orchids, originally uploaded by photographerpainterprintmaker.
Orchids have long been one of the most cherished of flowers. They are associated with love, luxury, beauty and Strength.
My father converted a room in the house dedicated to growing them. They were not easy to grow. My dad loved orchids so much that we had a casket blanket made out of living orchids. I had to tell the shop what I wanted. I wanted to be able to take apart the blanket after the ceremony. They shook their heads in confusion, but did manage to do as I asked. Each child was given one of the orchids to take home in remembrance of him.
Dad lived with my hubby and I for the final 13 years of his life. When he passed it was as if someone blew a huge hole in my heart. Then, after 4 years in dormancy the orchid bloomed. I took it as a sign that Dad was telling me it was time to shake off the sorrow. If it were not for this orchid (which I really didn’t take very good care of) blooming, I might still in deep depression. So this plant gave me back the strength to get back into life again. I’ve never looked back.
Orchids certainly are beautiful flowers. I got all teary in that last paragraph. A lovely sign from your Dad to leave the sorrow behind you. I would have seen it that way too.
Your painted orchids are beautiful!
Elizabeth MacDonald said:
Thank you Serena.