Last night my husband and I grabbed dinner from Whole Foods’ salad bar and then did some food shopping…and in their flower section I was surprised to find some orchids other than Phalaenopsis! There were so many gorgeous options that my food shopping totally derailed and I spent the rest of the time deciding which orchid to buy while my husband shopped. And then I wandered around the produce section gazing at my orchid pick while cradling it in my arms. I’m sure I looked like a Crazy Orchid Lady TM, which, let’s be honest, I am.
Currently the Whole Foods has Dendrobiums, a variety of Oncidium intergeneric hybrids, a Cattleya, a Zygopetalum, and even a Vanda, which is an unusual find for a grocery store orchid. I was intially taken with the Catt until I saw the Zygo, and then I toyed with the idea of the Vanda, but in the end I settled upon this beautiful Burrageara Stefan Isler ‘Lava Flow.’
I chose this one because it has two spikes with a multiple buds growing, plus two more smaller spikes in development. And look at all those pseudobulbs! I think this one’s gonna need a bigger pot sooner rather than later.
Here’s a closer look at the single open bloom:
I cannot wait until more of those buds open up, because they are just so cheerful. The next bud up on that spike is already starting to open. The best part? This orchid only cost $15!
Unrelated side note: this WF sells gorgeous emu eggs that look fit for presentation to a Targaryen as a wedding gift:
How pretty is that?? I’d feel horrible cracking it. Not to mention, these eggs cost $35 apiece. Even though each contains the equivalent of 10 chicken eggs, I can’t imagine spending that much on a single egg. Unless there was an actual dragon inside. 🙂
If you live in Brooklyn, get thee to the Whole Foods at Third & Third ASAP to pick up some interesting orchid specimens before they run out…I imagine they’ll go pretty quickly.