And the answer is (in case you were participating in the guessing game)
I am happy to report that I am not the only cheat out there. Several of you apparently are as well.
If you too would like to be a faux orchid enthusiast, here are some hints to make the effect realistic:
*Use the same clips to attach the fake bloom to the old stem...I leave the old stem in place.
*Make sure the type of faux bloom matches the type of orchid whose foliage you are using. Heaven forbid that you should put a dendrobium flower on a phalaenopsis plant!
*Rough up the stem or dirty the petals of the blooms to heighten realism.
*Fabric or silk is the way to go. Plastic won't get you there.
*Real bloomers are front and center. Faux bloomers are usually a little back and to the side :).
Don't tell. What they don't know can't hurt them. Enjoy :)