Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Cattleya coccinea (Sophronitis coccinea) – 365 days of orchids – day 1109

Happy New Year – 2020 has started well in the School Greenhouse with our first Cattleya coccinea flower of the season opening on one of our seed grown mounted plants. A perfect species to start our fourth year of 365 days of orchids. This wonderful small growing species with large flowers is the classic hummingbird […]


Masdevallia superbiens – 365 days of orchids – day 1107

After 12 months it is possible to forget just how spectacular an orchid species is and yesterday I was freshly astounded by this well named Masdevallia. Some orchid species are very strongly seasonal and this species, that has just come into flower, we last posted on Dec 28th 2018! Most masdevallias produce one flower per […]


Barkeria whartoniana – 365 days of orchids – day 1106

Today’s orchid of the day is a wonderful species from Mexico. We divided our specimen plant a couple of years ago and now we have these lovely spikes of pink flowers dotted¬† around the greenhouses. This smaller flowered Barkeria joins the other Barkeria speices still flowering in our Warm Americas section; Barkeria skinneri and Barkeria […]