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Valentine's Day - No Chocolate

No Chocolate on Valentine's Day for me.  Chocolate is too ordinary.  In fact, it has little to do with the beginning of the myths around St. Valentine and the day of love we celebrate.

Valentine's Day is a day that represents the unique emotions and experiences that love engenders. What is your unique way to express love?

For me, orchids are the most exquisitely beautiful flowers in all their infinite varieties.  Their very shapes, colors and unique ways of claiming their lives in special habitats tie them to the unique experience that love itself provides.

If you wish to give a gift of love, give an orchid.  The little bit of care to maintain them also represents the fact that love itself requires a bit of care to keep it alive.

White orchids represent the purest love, but every nuance of love can be found in the variety of orchid plants available.

My favorite orchid of all time is the rare and endangered ghost orchid whose dancing tendrils in a swamp breeze from gosamer blooms represents exquisite beauty and romance.  Domestic ghost orchids are just a bit too fickle; so, I advise finding white orchids to express pure love, but not to worry about ghost orchids except to visit them in the wilds of the Everglades.

Tuck a book in your orchid plant gift, Ghost Orchid, a story of love relationships from family to friends to lovers - the gamut of experiences in a story of mystery set in the aura of the haunting ghost orchid of Corkscrew Swamp, Naples, Florida and sharing the beauty of its natural habitat as it calms the soul. www.dkchristi.com




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How beautiful.  I never

How beautiful.  I never thought about an orchid, or a book, for that matter as a gift for Valentine's day but it is a lovely idea!  I also look forward to checking out the book! I live not far from there and I love books about our local area!

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Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Thanks for taking the time to respond.  Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in eastern Naples, Fl has its very own magnificent ghost orchid plant just off the equally delightful boardwalk.  It blooms between May and September - not too far away.  It was discovered on my birthday in 2007 - thus I am particularly fond of its magic and mystery.  A second, smaller blooming plant was found recently in its vicinity - the only two known plants in the sactuary.

You can also slog through Fakahatchee strand, but the walk is less hospitable and most of the blooms are singular, but still a wonder to behold.

I have some lovely photography at www.dkchristi.com  Recently, I have also seen some ghost orchid sculpture in jewelry and decorative pieces that is also exquisite.