Richmond, Va. – Vascular surgeon Marc Warner and his wife Marnie are pet lovers.
Yet Marc said the love he has for his menagerie is nothing compared to the attachment he has made with his pet orchids. "You get close to them over the years," he said.
Marc said he's a regular, normal guy. "I just got an orchid. And then I bought another one." And again, I promise you I'm normal, "he said.
In his defense, he's not the one who sends his plants to finishing school. Art Chadwick owns Chadwick and Son Orchids near Richmond, Virginia. His business used to just sell orchids. But now he mostly boards them.
"People would say, 'Can you take care of my orchid now that it has finished blooming?' I'd say, 'Well, I guess I could,' "Art said.
"You sort of feel guilty throwing away a living plant," he said. "It'd be like throwing away your dog. You can not do that."
Like family, it can be hard to say goodbye. Art recently had to tell a woman her orchid will probably never bloom again.
"There was a silence and then, you know, they realized there was nothing they could do," Art said.
Fortunately, most orchids survive. So after you pay your monthly $ 2-per-boarding planning fee, you get your babies back in full bloom.
And again, Marc is not alone. There are orchid boarders in most states now. It's common. Normal? I'll let you be the judge.
To contact On the Road or to send us a story idea, email us: OnTheRoad@cbsnews.com .
© 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.