An afternoon shower provides a nice backdrop for the lovely Phalaenopsis, or Moth Orchid, that sits on our kitchen window sill. This tropical plant is named for the large white flower which resembles a huge moth in flight, and for this reason the entire species (of every color from pink to yellow) are called moth orchids. The plant enjoys a monthly feeding, thrives in filtered light, and blooms every winter without fail. The blossoms emerge from long branches called "flower spikes" and each new bud opens in turn, suspended far above the plant on the naked spikes adding to the moth-like illusion. The flowers last for several weeks, and as a result we enjoy the blooms continuously for months on end.