Orchids, a collection of prose and poetry was the second book Couperus published. It consisted, just as the previous book, A ribbon of poems, of verses. It was rather difficult for us to find something about this book in Dutch let alone English. So we searched our books and the internet, translated what we found in English and wrote an article about this book. We even read some verses ourselves! And after reading we had to remind ourselves that this book was written over more than 100 years ago!