Although I have struggled to resist orchids and their magnetic charms, I somehow found myself at Hausermann’s Orchids again recently, having been there just a few months ago. But they were having an open house; they are not far away, and the magnetic power of the orchids somehow pulled me back as though with an orchid tractor beam. I attended with friend Sherri, who, although she claimed to have just gotten into orchids last September, exhibited an encyclopedic knowledge of everything orchid-related. She seemed to know the name of every orchid in the greenhouse, along with details of their rather exacting care.
As it was an open house, there were special deals, and people were filling their carts as though Hausermann’s was having a flashing bluelight special. Keeping ‘Chin Lih’ in mind, who at that very moment was languishing on a windowsill, I resisted purchasing another orchid with all my might. (I have since moved ‘Chin Lih’ to the bathroom, and she has perked up greatly.)
As to why I have resisted orchids, I can only observe that they look to me as though, if I were small enough, they would eat me. So there is a sinister undertone! The beguiling scents of vanilla, of cloves, of citrus, have not fooled me!
At this point, I will post the rest of the pictures, and I hope you can pretend you are slowly walking down the damp aisles of Hausermann’s, in their wonderfully old-fashioned and labyrinthine greenhouse, rusty pipes sputtering, and feeling the change of cool air to warm air and back again as you step from room to room, enjoying the different orchids.
Hausermann’s is at 24134 Addison Rd., Villa Park, IL.