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Orchids: Natural Beauties

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Ron Ciesinski tends to orchid plants at his Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich. Ciesinski has been captivated by the delicate blooms for more than 50 years, and his created varieties have been honored by the American Orchid Society.

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Lycaste-Jackpot-California-Wine-Orchid

Lycaste Jackpot California Wine is among the varieties of orchid at Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich.

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Phrag-Don-Wimber-Orchid

A Phrag Don Wimber glows in a radiant hue.

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Cherry-Fudge-Orchid

Cherry Fudge orchid blossoms look good enough to eat.

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Phal-Picotee-Orchid

Phal Picotee orchid petals have just a kiss of lavender color on the edges. It's a favorite of the greenhouse's owner.

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Orchid plants stretch skyward in a hot house at Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich.

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Orchid show ribbons won by Ron Ciesinski decorate the greenhouse office. "I loved to beat people," says Mr. Ciesinski, 76.

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LC-Drumbeat-Heritage-Orchid

An LC Drumbeat Heritage orchid resembles an exotic, frilly sea creature.

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A sign warns Taylor Orchids greenhouse visitors: "Don't Even Think About It!!!"

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Phalaenopsis-Pollen-Orchid

Little yellow bulbs of pollen are nestled inside petals on a Phalaenopsis orchid.

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Ron-Ciesinski-Joy-heat

The peace and joy that tending orchids gives Ron Ciesinski eclipses December’s $2,400 gas bill for heaters that keep the hot houses at 62 degrees.

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C-Karae-Lyn-Sugiyama-X-Soph-Coccinea-Grandiflora-Orchid

The name of this orchid is a grand one: C Karae Lyn Sugiyama X Soph Coccinea Grandiflora.

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Slipper-Orchid-Pouch

The pouches on slipper orchids, like this yellow and white one at Taylor Orchids, traps insects and forces them to climb past the staminode, which promotes pollination.

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Slipper-Orchid

Slipper orchids are so named for their resemblance to ladies' footwear or moccasins.

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Sesquipedale-Orchid

A Sesquipedale orchid at Taylor Orchids looks like it belongs in a starry sky.

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Happiness-Is-Growing-Orchids

"Happiness is Growing Orchids" declares a sign at Taylor Orchids, which is open for business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 3022 Bluebush Rd., Monroe, Mich. Information: 734-243-0180.

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