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Orchids Etc is unlike other bloom rooms we’ve seen – its gleaming black and broody burgundy surfaces are alive with the whispers of all kinds of orchids, a flower they sell exclusively. Boys and girls looking for red roses will be turned away.

For over a decade, Orchids Etc has stayed in a Bandra bylane like a persistent purple bruise, making a case for its favourite flower – and a few other exotic plants - which they cultivate in their upcountry farms or acquire from other growers in the country. Here you can choose to take a long-stemmed, single orchid home in a brass or frosted glass planter, or a tall brushed silver one that looks like it should be used to chill a bottle of Moet. Orchids are surprisingly easy to care for – even the plant killers among us managed to nurture one – which makes them great for gifting too.

Orchids Etc also supplies to five star hotels and corporate offices across the country, which means they can ensure your reception desks, restaurant tables and hotel suites are constantly in bloom. Can we have that contract on scented paper please?

Getting there: 1/B, Prem Sagar, 14th Road, Khar (W), call 8097087703, visit, approximately Rs 1,200 for a single orchid in a brass planter.

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