Thursday, July 17, 2008


There I was, sitting in the farther road from the Hill of Tin. And I was hearing a truly peculiar story involving a hybrid orchid, the man who ran off with its name, and the myriad (in the literal sense of ten thousand) clones that the local Methodist church council intended to make of that orchid. All in the name of charity, I heard.

It was an interesting tale. I remember the dreams we had of an orchid hybridisation programme. My brother, fortunately, knows all about it and is able to provide me with access to the insider secrets of the dog-eat-dog (?!) world of the orchid.

Just one last factoid: you do know, don't you, that 'orchid' comes from the Greek orchis which means 'testicle', right?

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