We’d enjoy a soft maidenhair fern near the bath, if we could keep one alive. Our pots and planters have to fill a strong supporting role! But a friend of ours is known as “the orchid whisperer.” People take their withered, decaying orchids to him long after they should have given up the ghost and, somehow, a year or two later, he returns a thriving plant in bloom. No magic, no secret, or so he claims. Whatever the trick is, he returns each recovered patient in a fresh new pot and that much, at least, we understand.