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.


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.


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


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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