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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