Last night's weather in Charlottesville was 29 and sleeting, but sunny blue skies and 58 greeted me as I drove through beautiful Virginia countryside.
As I came up one of the beautifully rolling hills I saw this sign, and my heart did a little dance.
Walking through the greenhouse door was simply magical. A boutique greenhouse with every imaginable orchid and a wonderfully gracious hostess, Janet, who was kind enough to give me a tour of her amazing blooming wonderland.
I wish I could share with you the glorious sights (and fragrances), but alas, no photography allowed. You can, however, visit the website and facebook page to see her blooms.
I would love to have taken home one of each, but I decided to try just a pair of burgundy Oncidiums which Janet said she would keep safe for me until I picked them up on my way back. She did let me snap a quick photo of my prize so I could share them with you.
It was such an unexpected treat to find this little jewel - just the kind of thing you hope to happen upon but rarely do. Now that I know it's here, I will come again.