WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 192 – Bulbophyllum guttulatum

This is a very free flowering and rewarding Bulbophyllum found from the Himalayas across to Vietnam in evergreen monsson forest from 800 to 2000m. We know this habitat well from our travels in Sikkim with its warm wet summers. The winters are dryer but plants would not experience long periods with no moisture and so […]

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Day two at Eden

Today was our second day working at the Eden Project. We started the morning off by helping to feed the Rulrul birds who live in the tropical biome. We then helped to remove some old leaves from the banana plants and did some weeding the in Malaysian area. We spent the afternoon planting two orchids, […]

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365 days of orchids- day 191 – Coelogyne speciosa var. albicans

This large flowered Coelogyne is native to Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra where it is reported from 700-2000m altitude. This variety has more white on the lip than is usual and a light green flower colour where the more usual colour is variations of yellow and brown. We grow the species in Warm Asia (min 18C) […]

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Visit by Tom Mirenda from the US

Last week students from Mendip Studio and Writhlington Schools hosted a visit by US scientist Tom Mirenda from the Smithsonian Institution. Tom is director of horticulture and education at the Hawaii Tropical Botanic Garden and came to learn from the experience of students at the Writhlington Orchid Project. After meeting students and touring the propagation laboratories […]

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Arriving at Eden

Charlotte and I arrived at the Eden Project today where we will be doing work experience for the week. So far today we have had a tour around the rainforest biome and have helped to check for fallen branches from the trees. We will keep you updated on what we do throughout the week. 

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