Death of an Orchid

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Paper thin, dry as dry,

a remnant of beauty that was,

dropped so lightly with little fanfare,

shed one by one, stripped.

This faded death, this shriveling loveliness,

a necessary verse in the total song of new life

that lies in winding roots and soil,

ready to rise again.

Dying–the necesary part of a resurgent life.


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21 Responses to Death of an Orchid

  1. rutheh says:

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful flower.

  2. Eric Alagan says:

    So very true – true beauty never dies – it gives Life

  3. dorannrule says:

    Watching anything living as it dies is always a tough journey. Your words echo the sadness and offer hope for whatever comes next as new beauty and new life. Good one Lilly.

    • My very first orchid has been 2 short sticks for 3 mos., and now it is sprouting again. Exciting! Doesn’t take much to please me. But it is still alive, just waiting to thrive again!

  4. nutsfortreasure says:

    Well mine is still gorgeous now I know what to expect 😦 sorry about yours HUGS

    • Actually, it is perfectly normal. We bought the first one at an orchid nursery, and the owner gave us the scoop. You don’t help it along, but let the blossoms fall off as they will. When the last one falls, clip the stalks back to the lowest growth nub. Still water it as prescribed–only when it is almost dry, 2 -3 weeks, depending on the weather. Fertilize when it is dormant like that. In 3 months, it should start sending up new stalks, which is exactly what it is doing now. πŸ™‚ My white one above still has 3 blossoms on it, but soon I will be cutting it back, too.

      • nutsfortreasure says:

        Just like they taught us I will repot or trim nasty squishy roots off if there are any mine is in a clear plastic cup 😦

        I do have a dish of marbles and water for humidity and a pan on coal stove always full of water to help too Thanks for the help πŸ™‚

        • It was interesting that the nursery guy said they don’t need to be repotted for a very long time. Mine, he said could wait even a year or two. When we go again, I will need to ask for more specifics.

        • nutsfortreasure says:

          yes mine said that as well but I could trim nasty soft roots and only go a tiny bit larger pot mine is in clear so I can see it wrapped around and around but it is a beauty even stuffed into pot NH is not known for Orchid weather lol

  5. I was told to cut it back above the 2nd node. That is the Phalanopsis orchid, right?.

    • The orchid guy told me the lowest, but he said most people feel uncomfortable cutting it that low. But that is what they do. To be honest, I cut at number 2, just in case I killed it. πŸ™‚

  6. I read this right after I heard that a little girl I’d been praying for died this morning.Your photo made me think of her mother looking at her dead body. Unlike our orchids, little Daisy doesn’t have to wait. She’s alive right now. But your last line made me cry, it’s so true.

    • I am so sorry. That is so sad, and the sadness is real–very real. It is hard to reframe when the pains and sorrows of life are front and center and seem to strip hope and joy; but in dying she has life and much better than what we have now. If through tears we see the bigger picture of what our life in Christ gives us, we can rejoice truly that death is dead and she is newly alive. Thank you, God.

      • Yes, that is the wonderful part. Daisy is alive and well with Jesus right now. Her parents are comforted by that fact.

        • A friend Dave Paige posted about Daisy’s homegoing on FB. I can only assume it is the same young girl. I went to the link and read her story. I hate cancer! Lord, help.

        • I’m sure it’s the same girl — Daisy Love Merrick. Her story went around the world. They’re a Santa Barbara family; Al Merrick, her grandfather, is well known in the surfing community, and Britt, her father, is a pastor here. Some of her last days were spent walking through Israel; they traveled there for treatments. I will think of her next time I see a beautiful orchid.

        • Yes, that was the name. So sad.

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