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My Beautiful Orchids

Thelma is a Filipina Expat who is living in Germany. She is not only passionate about traveling and baking but also an emotional poet.


My once so beautiful orchids

Hanging on my old palm trees

Looking so sad and lifeless

Drying out without hope

Waiting for my coming back home.


My once so beautiful orchids

Planted by my loving mother

Were taken care by her

With love and passion

Until she went to heaven.


My loving mother died

My once so beautiful orchids dried

Waiting for my return

Without knowing when

Hoping to be taken care of once again.

Vanda Orchids

Vanda Orchids


On a hot and sunny day

I came home at last

Happy but sad

As I saw my once so beautiful

Dying out orchids.


That day I went to my garden

Relatives were wondering

To whom I was murmuring

Touching the petals

Caressing the once so beautiful plants.


My once so beautiful orchids

Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis and Dancing Ladies

Have come to life again

Radiant blossoms came out

In white, pink, yellow and violet.


My so beautiful and colorful orchids

Swaying back and forth as the wind blows

Stay as lovely as you are

I'll take care of you

As long as I'll be with you.


Cattleya Orchids

Cattleya Orchids

Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis Orchids

Cattleya  Orchids

Cattleya Orchids

My Tropical Garden in the Philippines

Time Flies so Fast

Many years have passed since I have written this poem. My tropical garden is getting wilder every year. Orchids are not the only plants I have revived. I have added some other beautiful easy to care flowers in the once so "empty" garden. I planted different variations of Mussaenda, yellow, red and pink Hibiscus, Torenia flowers, Torch Ginger, Turmeric, Sapphire Showers, Roses in white and red, Birds of Paradise, Bougainvillea, Moss Roses, Zinnias, Cosmos and much more. Besides the flowers, I planted fruit trees and shrubs as well. My tranquil place visited by butterflies and birds. My garden has become a country garden taken care with love and passion.

Butterfly in my Tropical Garden

Added Photo, Spring Dreams Orchids

A 40 years old Spring Dreams Orchids planted by my late mother. My late uncle who worked as a forester in the mountains of Mindanao, gave these orchids as a gift to my mother. The first time I saw these orchids bloom last week.

A 40 years old Spring Dreams Orchids planted by my late mother. My late uncle who worked as a forester in the mountains of Mindanao, gave these orchids as a gift to my mother. The first time I saw these orchids bloom last week.

How To Care For Orchids

© 2012 Thelma Alberts

Comments

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 05, 2017:

Hi, Olivia. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Have a great day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 05, 2017:

Thank you very much, Andria Perry. Have a nice day!

Olivia on October 04, 2017:

Beautiful for sure I envy you your tropical gardens....

Andria Perry from Anniston, Alabama on October 04, 2017:

You have a beautiful garden!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 01, 2015:

Thank you very much SandyMertens for your wonderful comment. Happy New Year 2015!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on December 31, 2014:

Love the beautiful orchid photos and the poeticness to this hub.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 24, 2013:

Thank you Audrey. Have a nice day!

Audrey Howitt from California on July 24, 2013:

Just gorgeous!!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 22, 2013:

Yes, they are. Thank you Tia Maria. Have a nice week!

Tia Maria on July 22, 2013:

These Orchids really are beautiful, nature can be so inspiring.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 15, 2013:

Thank you Vinaya. Your comment is highly appreciated. Have a great week!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 14, 2013:

Thelma,

I loved the comparisons: dead mother and dried orchids.

Your word pictures are beautiful

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 14, 2013:

Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee for your wonderful comment. Yes orchids are delicate flowers, one should know how to take care of them. Thanks for passing this on. Have a lovely weekend!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 14, 2013:

Voted up and awesome. Wonderful poem. Love orchids but they are such delicate flowers and their perfume is pleasant. Passing this on.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 31, 2013:

Hi Mary,

I´m sorry I have made you cry. It was shown in my poem how sad I was with the dying out of my orchids, but I´m glad they are great now. Yes, I sometimes felt that my mothers was watching me over there, somewhere.

I have to read your cattleya hub later Mary, as I have visitors in an hour. I still have to prepare something yummy. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate that. Take care;-)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 31, 2013:

Oh, my.....you had me in tears. I'm sure your Mother sees and knows how much you love her orchids. I'm so happy you brought her orchids back to life with tender loving care. I love orchids, too. I was thrilled to see my Hub about my Cattleya orchid as a related Hub to this one! That orchid was given to me as a Mother's Day gift several years ago. It blooms every Mother's Day!

Your orchids are outstanding. Voted UP, shared and Pinned.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 24, 2012:

Thank you Dolores Monet for your wonderful comment. I appreciate that. Yes, my mother will always be with me. Thanks for your visit.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 23, 2012:

Such beautiful orchids! And what a wonderful legacy from your mother. Your lovely poem illustrates your loss so well, and how, as the orchids came back into good health and flowered, that your pain is healing. Your mother will always be with you.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 15, 2012:

Yep, you´re right. Once in a while we need that. Thanks for your visit elle64. Have a great day!

elle64 from Scandinavia on October 14, 2012:

Beautiful, we all need to have o tender words whispered to us once in a while, the pictures are beautiful.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 05, 2012:

Thanks for your wonderful comment RunningDeer. My secret which actually not a secret anymore is that, putting fertilizer to the orchids once a month will help your orchids rebloom. I have written how to take care of orchids. Thanks for sharing this hub to others and for following me. Have a great weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 05, 2012:

Hi Peggy W,

Thank you for visiting again and for sharing this hub to the others. Yes, you are right. Our mothers will always be with us and I hope it really is true that beyond the shadow of death, we see our long lost relatives. But not now, we still have a lot to enjoy like writing here in HP. Cheers to our mothers! Have a lovely weekend!

RunningDeer from Iowa on October 05, 2012:

Your poem was beautiful. You spoke of so much in just one poem. Lovely. Your orchids are absolutely beautiful. Will you tell me your secret? I can't get mine to rebloom :( Beautiful poem and orchids. Voted up and sharing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Hi Thelma,

Came back to share this lovely poem this time. Our mothers will always remain in our minds and hearts. Your lovely orchids that were touched and loved by her and which are now being cared for by you are a testament to life forces that continue in the here and now and will continue long after your fingers no longer caress those orchids. Someday beyond the shadow of death we will see our mothers again. This I truly believe. In the meantime, hold fast to your memories as I do.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 25, 2012:

Thank you justmesuzanne. Your comment is highly appreciated. Have a nice day!

justmesuzanne from Texas on September 24, 2012:

Lovely poem and beautiful photos! Voted up and awesome! :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 19, 2012:

Yes, it´s a kind of celebration. Thanks Healthyannie. I´m glad you like my orchids hub. Take care;-)

Annie Messeri from Spain on September 18, 2012:

What a wonderful hub so touching. I love orchids.

Beautiful celebration of your mom's life. Annie

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 05, 2012:

Hello ITcoach! Your comment is very awesome. I love it. So deep....and yet so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by. Take care!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 05, 2012:

Thanks for the complement tammyswallow and for pinning and sharing this poem to others. Have a great day!

ITcoach from United States on September 05, 2012:

Thelma Alberts

your esteemed touchy post enhanced people attention towards the orchard making. It is no doubt it seems to be an appreciation for the people that don't have the same gifts of nature.

liked and voted your hub

Tammy from North Carolina on September 05, 2012:

Beautiful poem and photos! I have never grown orchids, but I love them. Pinning and sharing! :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 03, 2012:

Thank you James. I appreciate your wonderful comment. Have a lovely day!

James A Watkins from Chicago on September 03, 2012:

Your poem, like your orchids, is a thing of beauty. I enjoyed your creative gifts today. Thank you for this pleasure.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 02, 2012:

Hi Eddy! Welcome back. I thought you are gone. Thanks for your lovely comment. It´s very highly appreciated. Take care;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 02, 2012:

Thank you urmilashukla23 for your nice comment. Have a great week!

Eiddwen from Wales on September 01, 2012:

These are so very very beautiful Thelma;a beautiful whole hub actually . I love flowers,countryside,animals,wildlife and I am today saving this gem in to My favourite hubs slot. Thank you my dear friend for sharing.

Eddy.

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on August 31, 2012:

Your beautiful orchids needed your magic touch and attention. Lovely poem. Voted up!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 30, 2012:

Thanks for your visit moonlake. Some of my friends have no luck in growing their orchids. You have to know some basic on how to let them grow to be successful with these flowers. Have a lovely day! Take care.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 30, 2012:

Thank you rajan jolly for your wonderful comment. It´s highly appreciated. Have a great day!

moonlake from America on August 29, 2012:

So pretty. I have a friend that grows them here inside but I have tried and I can't get them to live here. Loved your poem and your pictures. Voted uP.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 29, 2012:

Beautiful poem and some awesome orchids. Your mom sure must be happy seeing your orchids blossoming once again, the plants she so lovingly nurtured.

Voted up, beautiful.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 16, 2012:

Thank you oceansnsunsets for your comment. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too. Happy Fathers Day celebration;-)

Paula from The Midwest, USA on June 15, 2012:

I loved your pretty orchids! Thank you so much for sharing, and nice hub! I hope your weekend ahead is wonderful.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 13, 2012:

Yes, I think that´s my way of dealing my grief of losing my mother. I miss her and I know she knows (somewhere invisible for me to see in another world) that I´m taking care of the family and the flowers that she love. Thanks for your stopping by Minnetonka Twin. Have a great day!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on June 12, 2012:

Thelma-What a wonderful way to deal with your grief of losing your mother. Those beautiful Orchids are a part of your mother and the love she gave them. Her spirit is in the flowers and will be there to comfort you.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 12, 2012:

Thank you Epigramman! Your comment is highly appreciated. I see, you woke up so early in the morning. What a beautiful day to start reading hubs! Take care.

epigramman on June 12, 2012:

these flowers are so beautiful Thelma and almost as beautiful as your poetic words - well, almost - and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 4:54am

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 12, 2012:

Thank you pagesvoice. Your comment is highly appreciated. Have a fun week!

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on June 11, 2012:

Voted up and beautiful. You put together a wonderful article with beautiful pictures. I share your love of flowers. You told a spell binding story through the orchids you had so tenderly cared for.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 06, 2012:

It is good to hear about your captured imagination. You can use my photos for your another orchids painting. I have just read your hub. Your orchids painting is beautiful and I will give you a link on this hub. Thanks for your stopping by. Have a great day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 06, 2012:

Thank you thumbi7. Have a great day!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on June 05, 2012:

I will post your lovely poem on my article about how to paint Orchids here on Hubpages today!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on June 05, 2012:

You captured my imagination when you wrote your orchid poem. The photos are lovely too. Please visit my article about painting orchids here on hub pages. It is complete with video instructions. What beautiful flowers so dear to our lives! It is called "Oil Painting Orchids".

JR Krishna from India on June 05, 2012:

Beautiful flowers! Beautiful poem!

Thanks for sharing

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 05, 2012:

Hi jpcmc! We treated our orchids in the same manner, with respect to their beauty. But I don´t give the whole plant unless I know that it will be very well taken care of. Thanks for stopping by.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 04, 2012:

I love orchids and it's so sad to see them dry up. I also talk and touch my plants. it may seem weird to others but I still do it. I love your dancing ladies. I gave my wife (still my girlfriend back then) dancing lady orchids I had for several years. When it bloomed I gave it to her. I never liked picking flowers or cutting them. Instead I give the whole plant so they can continue to grow.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 29, 2012:

Thank you Angela for your comment. I did something wrong with my orchids before here in Germany. I had them in the flower pots in front of the windows. I ruined them by putting a lot of water and the water stayed there on the pots. Thats the failure as what my sister said after telling her my problems about my orchids.She works in an orchids selling company in Holland. Following her advice, I just showered the orchids on our bath tub once a week with lukewarm water until there was no longer water coming out of the pots. Then I put them on another pots in front of the window. That´s it. My problem was solved. Having orchids in a tropical country is very different than having them in a cold country like Germany. It needs a lot of care;-)

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 28, 2012:

They are so beautiful. I do something wrong with them though. I have stopped buying them as I can't stand to watch them fail. So thank you for sharing yours!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 26, 2012:

Thank you ChristyWrites. Have a lovely weekend!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 26, 2012:

Oh what a lovely poem Thelma. I love the way you added the photos here too. I vote up.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 18, 2012:

Thanks prasonline for your stopping by and for giving a comment. I hope you have a wonderful memory of your country. Have a great weekend, too!

Prasanna Marlin from Sri lanka on May 18, 2012:

Wonderfully warm tribute & Lovely orchids. I Remember My Country.. :)

have a great weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 15, 2012:

Hi MsDora! Thanks for your stopping by and for your comment. Have a great day!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 14, 2012:

Resurrection is always beautiful and inspirational. This time, it also revives memories of your mother. Good job and thanks for sharing!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 14, 2012:

Thank you Peggy W for your wonderful comment. I appreciate that. I hope you had a great day yesterday, on Mothers Day. Take care.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2012:

Hi Thelma,

I know that we will both be thinking of our mothers...especially tomorrow, Mother's Day. My dear mother died in January of 2010 and I still miss being able to talk to her on a daily basis. Sorry for your loss. You have her tenderly loved orchids which are living things to remind you of her...not that you need that, but it is nice. We have many things, including my mother's dog who still lives with us. It will be a sad day when he dies. Hope that your orchids live long lives and keep lending their beauty to your life. Voting up and beautiful.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 10, 2012:

Thank you sgbrown for your wonderful comment. I am sorry for the death of your mother. Yes, I think often of her especially when I look at our orchids. They remind me of her loving care. Take care.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 09, 2012:

Beautiful poem and a lovely tribute to your mother. I have lost mine also and think of her often. I am sure you will think of her every time you look at your beautiful orchids. Voted up and beautiful. Have a wonderful day! :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on May 07, 2012:

Thank you Vinaya. Your comment is highly appreciated. Have a lovely day!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 05, 2012:

I just fell in love with your poem. Your Orchid pictures are awesome.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 29, 2012:

Thanks Felina. I appreciated your lovely comment. I never thought before that by writing a poem, I will be able to express how I feel, be it sad or happy. Have a great sunday!

Felina Margetty from New York, New York on April 28, 2012:

So beautiful, I am almost speechless. This was the nicest feeling hub I have been to. Perhaps the idealistic form that is the orchid has come through in the images that you captured. Thank you again. Cheers F

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 28, 2012:

Thanks Ruchira for your stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 28, 2012:

Thank you Lady_E for your good comment. Yes, there is a special message that I came to know. Have a lovely weekend.

Ruchira from United States on April 27, 2012:

i love orchids Thelma and your pix are brilliant and also the beautiful poetry.

voted up!

Elena from London, UK on April 27, 2012:

Beautiful Poem - I'm glad they have come to life.

I think there is a special message in it for you too.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 25, 2012:

Thank you donnaMhicks for your stopping by. Have a great day!

donnaMhicks on April 24, 2012:

beautiful!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 10, 2012:

Hello Movie Master. I have just seen that my comment as answer to your comment was not posted here. Sorry! I have just seen it now. Thanks anyway for your lovely comment. My mother died 4 years ago but the pain is still by me. Thanks again. Take care;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 10, 2012:

Hi, cebutouristspot! I believe of what you have said about our garden architecture. Maybe we have the same taste. Orchids are beautiful to look at that's why I love them. Thanks for your stopping by. Take care.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 10, 2012:

Hi, Au fait! Nice to meet you here in HubPages. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Yes, I will write a hub about how I grow my orchids sometime. Orchids were the only flowers that grew at my window in Germany that did not die. Other flowers were just a waste of money for me to let them grow. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 10, 2012:

Thank you Brett for your good comment and for your SHARING. It is highly appreciated. I think I would love to visit your place where the wild orchids are. Thanks again.

cebutouristspot from Cebu on April 08, 2012:

Nice. I have tons of orchids here at home I notice that they are the only flower that I can appreciate that dont trigger my sinus (dont ask me why). BTW Thelma believe or not one of your picture look like it was taken right out of my backyard :) guess we have the same home architecture :) We even have the same thing that grows in the trees. See Cattleya Orchids picture. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on April 08, 2012:

Your orchids really are gorgeous, Thelma. I've heard they can be difficult to grow, but you seem to have a green thumb. Maybe you could share your secrets, what you do to make your orchids so successful and beautiful, in one of your hubs sometime.

Voting you UP and beautiful!

Brett C from Asia on April 08, 2012:

Some strong memories and beautifully written. As for the orchids, I think you would like the area I am in now, as they are famous for wild orchids growing along the border areas.

Thanks for SHARING.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 01, 2012:

Yes, Annie. The orchids carries the beauty of my mothers spirit. These orchids are very dear to me as they always bring back the memories of my mother, who has her 4th year death anniversary this coming Tuesday, the 3rd of April. Actually this poem is the first poem I have written for her. She did not even know that I love to write.

Thank you for stopping by and giving such a wonderful comment. Take care.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 01, 2012:

Thank you randomcreative. Have a great day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 01, 2012:

Hello anglnwu! Thanks for your stopping by and for leaving a good comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 30, 2012:

Hello Thelma, this is so beautiful, I am sorry you have lost your mother - but pleased to hear your orchids are growing well again.

voting up and beautiful.

Best wishes Lesley

Annie Fenn from Australia on March 30, 2012:

Oh Thelma, your orchids are just beautiful and beyond the visible beauty they carry the beauty of your Mother's spirit. I can relate to the touching and caressing. Here is legacy for you to cherish. I am so very sorry that you have lost your Mother. I am so very glad you have her beautiful orchids to love. Thank you so much for sharing this story of continuing love. Just beautiful. My very best wishes to you, from Annie.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 30, 2012:

Thank you Joyce for your wonderful comment. Have a lovely weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 30, 2012:

You are right, masmasika. This is emotional as I always remember how my mother took good care of our plants especially our orchids. Thanks for your stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 30, 2012:

Thank you Irob for your visit. Your comment is highly appreciated.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 30, 2012:

Thank you Yvette. Have a nice weekend. Take care.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29, 2012:

Gorgeous flowers, Thelma!

anglnwu on March 29, 2012:

Lovely orchids. I think they grow very well in the tropics and I like that they grown on trees. Like your poem too.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on March 28, 2012:

Wonderfully warm tribute to your Mother along with lovely photos. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

masmasika on March 28, 2012:

This is a very emotional poem. Sad memories often pops into the mind and if you are a writer you always reflect them through lines in your written words. Sorry about your mother. I lost my mother too when I was 15 and I always write something about it. Thanks Thelma for a lovely poem.

Irob from St. Charles on March 28, 2012:

Absolutely wonderful

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