Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Angraecum elephantinum – 365 days of orchids – day 1642

We are in the season of short summer nights but visiting the greenhouse after dark is a must to appreciate the heady scent of this miniature orchid with enormous flowers. The name Angraecum elephantinum means gigantic angraecum but it is actually one of our smallest Angraecum species. This plant is flowering for the fifth time […]


Still time to vote for the School students working for rainforest conservation and educational equality

The vote closes on Friday for the people’s vote in the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize.  Six Students (Rainforest DRAGeN Project) at Mendip Studio School are in the finals of this technology innovation prize and need your vote to help them put their idea into practice. Watch their video here and vote for their project winning the ‘peoples […]


Odontoglossum multistellare – 365 days of orchids – day 1641

Odontoglossum multistellare certainly lives up to its name and every summer produces branched spikes of attractive, star shaped, flowers, and a small plant produces a lot of flower for its size. Our largest plant shown above has 300 flowers this year. Odontoglossum multistllare is a cool growing species found in cloud forests at around 2000m […]


Vanda tricolor var. suavis ‘alba’ – 365 days of orchids – day 1640

What is white with yellow spots and has a lovely perfume – it’s Vanda tricolor var. suarvis ‘alba’ of course. This unusual variety of this lovely species is a relatively new addition to our collection and hasn’t featured here until now. Comparing this plant with the normal coloured form (below) that flowered with us in […]