November is time for Post 16 Open Evenings and tonight the orchid team are part of the Somerset Studio School open evening for young people wanting to join us in the sixth form. Tonights display was designed by Erin, Jonah, Matt and Jude. Erin described it as “A diverse sparkling explosion of colours and scents” – he is not wrong.
Highlights include two Dracula species
Dracula bella and Dracula amaliae with their fascinating fungus mimic polination stratedgies.
We have two Cymbidium species and the flowers will be used for visitors to learn about orchid pollination.
Two Himalayan Autumn flowering Cymbidiums, Cymbidium tracyanum and Cymbidium erythraeum.
Other plants include Coelogyne barbata and an enormous Xylobium subintegrum.
This November has been very mild and wet and so we are only needing to water the greenhouse every few days. There is lots of autumn growth on many of our cool orchids from the Americas (Masdevallias, Pleurothallis, restrepias etc) and we find the autumn to be a good time to propagate species that enjoy this time of year rather than the stress of summer warmth and bright light.