Some of our orchids are not much bigger than the moss that grows around them and Pleurothallis linearifolia is a true miniature species native to Brazil and Northern Argentina where it grows in cloud forest. Leaves are only 1cm long but flowers are relatively large and bourn in profusion every autumn.
We find plants do well mounted or in pots and baskets but we need to ensure that plants are not smothered by moss as the species really enjoys cool, wet, shaded conditions which really suits moss!
Despite its tiny size the species grows relatively quickly and can be split to share this lovely plant around. The flowers are also sweetly scented.
Thanks for those who have submitted their menu choices for the Congress Dinner on the google forms we sent out this morning. If the questions show up in your e-mail and you answer and submit you don’t then need to submit a second time. If you want to check if your form has sent just e-mail as we have a full list here.
We are now collecting menu choices for the Congress dinner to be held on Saturday 3rd November. If anyone is still wanting to register for the dinner they need to book by the end of Wednesday this week so that the final orders can be placed with the Chef. (book here)
Thank you to those who have already made their meal choices – if you are interested the choices so far make the Pork and Wild Mushroom Pate with seasonal salad and Cider Chutney the most popular starter, Braised Beef on fondant potato with heritage veg and red wine jus the most popular main and Tarte au Citron the number one sweet.
We are very fond of miniature orchids and this species is one we find easy to grow and very rewarding. Ornithophora radicans is a warm growing miniature species from Brazil found near the Atlantic coast at around 400m altitude. However in cultivation our plants are not fussy. We find that the species prefers deep shade and will grow cooler than the habitat suggests and so does well in both Warm and Cool Americas.
The plant rapidly multiplies into an attractive ball of thin green leaves and little pseudobulbs and is happy mounted, potted or in a basket. We keep plants watered well throughout the year and are rewarded with a profusion of the attractive little flowers that last a long time.
Sixth form student James has worked really hard to prepare things for the British Orchid Show and he has been in charge of wristbands. He is delighted that they have arrived. Wrist bands will help us to manage the large number of people coming to the show and pre-booked for all the different registration options.
If anyone is wondering what colour their wrist band will be, here are James’ notes:
So registrants will have red bands giving them access to show days, preview evening, scientific lectures on Saturday (Science and Conservation) and scientific lectures Sunday (Hardy Orchid Day)
If you have just booked for one of the scientific lecture days then your bands give access to the show too and day visitors will have their own bands too.
All those who have preregistered will find their wristbands in their registrants bag on arrival.
If you still haven’t registered please visit https://wsbeorchids.org/bos2018/ for full ticket details and registration. If you are just coming for the day on Saturday or Sunday you can buy your ticket (and get your wristband) on the day.