Keeping Personal Connections Alive Amid Pandemic
The Record asked readers to share pics of their plants grown during the pandemic. Jo-Ann Krieble of NINR responded splendidly:
“Before COVID, I had started rehabbing the office orchids and learning about how to encourage them to bloom again,” she emailed. “Most of them are phalaenopsis (i.e., moth orchids) and are the type most typically sold at grocery stores. I had a collection of 5 or 6 ‘phals’ that I would care for in the office, and then give them back to their owners when they were in bloom. When lockdown happened, I brought them all home so they’d continue to get the TLC they needed. I didn’t get to share their blooms in person this year, but have shared photos with the office so their rightful owners could enjoy them. Photos of 3 favorites are shown here, as well as a group photo of all ‘the girls.’
“Rebecca is a phal that belongs to an office mate and has beautiful purplish blooms. Isla belonged to a former colleague and was in pretty rough shape when her former owner left our IC. We didn’t know what she’d look like if I could get her to recover, but she bloomed this spring for the first time in years. Oncostele is the last orchid I bought at an orchid sale just before lockdown. This one is known as Oncostele Eye Candy ‘Penny Candy.’
Aside from producing beautiful blooms that brighten the office, helping others take care of their orchids has given me a way to help keep our personal connections alive during Covid. I look forward to being able to share them in real life next blooming season!”
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Laurie Doepel of NIAID also had great success growing greenery throughout the pandemic shutdown and beyond.
There’s still time to see your plant photos in the Record. Email hi-res images with a caption to firstname.lastname@example.org.