We were invited to my grandma's house for ham and beans the other night (yum!), and stopped at Walmart on the way home. We needed to pick up a few things, but as is usually the case, we found a few that we didn't need, too.
I usually take a stroll through the garden center, but as it was late in the evening, I resisted this time. However, sometimes Walmart will put items in another location totally unrelated to their usual space. As I was walking from the pet supplies department to the other side of the store for some food items, something caught my eye and I stopped.
Black lady slippers! And they were on sale for five dollars!
I'd not seen these before and was surprised when I just happened upon them. It only took me a few seconds to make the decision to buy some. I couldn't believe my luck and smiled all the way to the frozen foods.
I showed Romie as I met up with him there, and he took one look and rolled his eyes, which is exactly what I expected him to do. He just doesn't understand how sometimes it only takes a small thing to give me great joy.
So how do you like my black lady slippers?
When you saw the title of this post, you thought I'd found a black lady slipper orchid, didn't you? I didn't mean to mislead you. Okay, yes I did. When I looked at the receipt and saw the slippers listed as "Lady Slipper", I couldn't resist.
Only a gardener would look at that and think "orchid."
Is there such a thing as a black lady slipper orchid?
Perhaps not a Cypripedium, but there is this.