This year, for the first time ever, I have got a potted orchid to flower again. I used to simply neglect them by failing to water them and then they died. Then I moved on to trying to look after them but getting it wrong, so that my mother had to rescue them and restore them to health and return them to me when they were going to flower. But this time I have not only kept an orchid alive, I have kept it flourishing. It currently has a flower spike with ten flowers on it, several buds, and another little spike coming through. I shall wait until a second success before I claim to have cracked orchid-keeping, but it is a pleasant small victory, nonetheless.