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Winter Orchid Bloom: Asia’s Androecia Artistry

A couple weeks ago, thanks to Asia’s care, one of her orchids gave us a winter bloom. Our three plants sit in southern exposure, a gift for winter survival, and the light has kept them green, robust, and sprouting those weirdly digitus roots. Then one day a shoot pointed toward Ursa Major, and we knew that another flower pod was on its way.

Asia's Winter Orchids

One thing I’ve discovered about orchids is that when the bloom shoot (finally) shows itself, its growth is faster than watching paint dry (yeah, try that metaphor on for size!). The other beauty of orchids is that their blooms last for many weeks. We may have these beauties until the first day of spring!


What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

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