To me, orchids are haunting flowers. Lovely, no doubt, and they are captivating in a spooky way. I'm not sure why they freak me out a bit---perhaps it's the soft, nearly-perfect curvature of the flowers. The smoothness of the petals. The simplicity of the flower atop a thin, thin thread of a stem. I don't know what it is about them, but they definitely do not have the same vibe as, let's say, a rose or a peony.