Happy Winter Solstice to all our friends in the northern hemisphere and happy Summer Solstice to all our friends in the southern hemisphere. The changing day length as the year passes has a major influence on the flowering of most of our orchids with some opening their flowers on almost the same day each year. Outside climate, however, also affects flowering time and this year it looks as if the mild autumn is encouraging spring flowering orchids to bloom early in 2018. Coelogyne multiflora (above) is now in full bloom compared to January 8th Last year (see day 8 for more details). So I guess that in the Writhlington Greenhouses the spring starts here.