I’ve been waiting patiently for nearly two months now for my South American orchid (odontoglossum/oncidium) to bloom. And it was worth the wait.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that these aren’t colors that I would have put together. The orchid obviously has its own color sense! The white-blotched petal is a dark fuchsia, but it’s definitely pink, while the smaller petals are a rich maroon that is almost a burnished brown. The reason they go together, of course, is that the intensity is the same. Dark with dark. These blooms are dramatic and unusual, and I love looking at them.
So I stand by my previous recommendation. Orchids make great long-lived houseplants. Try one and see for yourself.