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- Feb 1, 2017
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- Copenhagen, Denmark
Are there any members here that are facing or have faced the same situation and what did you do about it?
Dear Luvr and Angela (abax)!It
seems that nobody really wants them as a group.
If we hadn't had the great pond inbetween us, I would certainly have offered to help you out, at least what your orchids pertain. As I live in a 5th floor appartment in the city, unfortunately, Angela's limetree would present me with insurmountable difficulties.
In a 10-15 years time, I'm sure that I will have to deal with the questions you both pose - and to which I don't know a clearcut answer.
A senior, now defunct member of my orchid society certainly showed the way of how NOT to do.
He had a wonderful collection of quite rare and select Paphs. He couldn't bear to part with his plants (and maybe also not bear the thought of parting with life). Due to frailness and failing eyesight his plants got quite heavily infested with mealybugs and other pests, which made him take recourse to such a drastic treatment-strategem, that the cure killed at least 1/3 of his plants. It was rumoured, that he told his wife, that she, when he was dead, should burn all his orchids, as "no one else should posses them". When he passed a majority of his plants due to neglect had already succumbed to pests and disease.
He wasn't an easy man before, but I can't imagine a sadder way to go. The stinginess, meanness, and ungregariousness of it all, bring to mind 'Scrooge' from Dickena' "A Christmas Carol".... that is, before he met the spirits of Christmases, past, present and future.
Maybe, we can from this example get inspiration to trot the via negativa (i e. from the example through interference reach opposite conclusions). I have in my orchids society seen how happy some fellow members have been, when I on a few occassions have given away a couple of plants (one year at a Christmas meeting I won an embarrasing amount of plants -as a prize for a couple of awarded plants, best in category and at our traditional Christmas bingo. My neighbour at the table had also won a couple of plants, which made me feel sorry for the guy sitting opposite us. He got so very happy, when I gave him one of my plants. And even now, several years later, he still talks about it, and duly mentions, when the plant is in flower).
I hope, that I, in the due course of time, will be able to find ways, where my plants, that have given me so much pleaure, can be a source of pleasure for other people, known or unbeknown to me!