Australia: Orchid love affair sees couple to half a century of marriage

Passionate orchid growers John and Sharyn Frisch spent their half-century wedding anniversary competing at the Rockhampton Orchid Society's biannual show over the weekend.

The Rockhampton couple married in 1968 and have spent the years raising two children, travelling the world together and fuelling their passion for the exotic plant.

Mr Frisch said orchids had played a steady part in their marriage and he still carried a photo in his wallet of his wife sitting under a flowering orchid from their honeymoon.

"I guess it [the orchid] wasn't my greatest love at that stage. It was what was under the flowers that was of greater interest," he said.

"But we still have a Dendrobium speciosum in our garden, which is the flower that was in that photograph."

Mr and Mrs Frisch both come from a farming background and said that was where their fascination with orchids began.

Read more at ABC News (Rachel McGhee and Cate Fry)

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