Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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Cattleya orchids are a standard
measured against by collectors
cooler, brighter, wetter than
40%-60% full sunlight but dark
periods too, metabolic process
needs changes of light, shower
drain, open air circulation vital
green tipped white roots healthy
winter summer, southern climes
rains end, windy dry bright days
bring flowers alive, attractive
tempt to pollinate, breeding lines
perpetuate colors true, golden girls
chit chat tangerine, gladden
gypsy queen’s purple petals
with tambourines, starting point
dark waters to golden apples go
Cattleyas are more than just show.

© Jan G. Otterstrom F. October 19, 2014