Today. that third bud opened and almost out of nowhere, two more heavily budded stalks seemed to have popped up. I should also mention that — ever so slightly out of season — my Christmas Cactus is budding. The budding plants are not ready for photography yet, but I tried anyway. They are very tiny buds and it will probably be a month or more before they bloom.
Meanwhile, the orchid is behaving like a very happy orchid. There are three perfect flowers and at least six more big fat buds. Also, for unknown reasons, my macro lens stopped being a pain in the butt and is now focusing just like it was always supposed to focus.