He laughed, "It's real simple - Costco and Lowes. When you can pick up blooming orchids for $19.00 I try to keep fresh ones in the kitchen all the time." "And, when they stop blooming?" "Trash them." "Just throw them away?" I asked thinking of the guilt I would have. "Have you ever seen an orchid plant without blooms? It's not a very attractive thing."
I had to come to terms with my actions. It had been a mercy killing not herbicide. Bless me father for I have sinned. And, to think about all the books I read about only raising the exotic species, how certain types were so "pedestrian". Suddenly, I was back to enjoying the hobby. I have the best of both worlds - exotic specimens that I pray will re-bloom with a guarantee of delightful blossoms year round from the more "popular" types. Now if I can just stop having nightmares about plants screaming in agony as the trash can is emptied into the dumpster.