This Mother’s Day I outdid myself picking out an orchid plant for my mom. I stood there for ages, trying to decide from a dizzying selection of exotic natural art. I’ve never seen an ugly orchid, but some are undeniably more beautiful than others.

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This is the one I eventually decided on. I couldn’t quite resist the way it looked as if it had been splashed with grape juice.

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I nearly got one that was pure white, but of course it’s almost impossible for me to walk away from anything purple.

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My mom is very tolerant of gifts in shades of purple. She likes it fine…just not to the point of obsession.

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