Today has been a very interesting and exciting start to my two weeks at The Orchid Project. The morning was spent learning micro-propagation techniques such as re-plating and seed sowing. These processes were completely new to me, but I do feel that I am (starting) to get the hang of them. The afternoon was spent helping Luke with a presentation to the University of the Third Age in Midsomer Norton. They were very friendly and enjoyed the talk greatly. I am looking forward to the next two weeks and there will be more updates from me soon.
Hi, I’m John O’Rourke a year 10 student and I am spending my work experience at The Writhlington Orchid Project. I will be spending time learning techniques such as seed sowing and re-plating. I wil continue to update this blog on my progress on the Project.
The Writhlington Autumn Orchid Festival is your chance to have a look around the new school greenhouses, talk to orchid experts from the Somerset, Wiltshire & Dorset Orchid Society, purchase Orchids and sundries from various trade, and dine in the brand new Orchid Café.
WAOF will run from 10am-4pm on Saturday 25th September at Writhlington School. Entrance £1.
One of my personal favourite orchids has just opened today! Stanhopea tigrina is an amazing plant, not just for it’s huge flower, but also for it’s smell. This orchid is attracting euglossine bees for pollination, which results in a simply beautiful smell that we’ve once had described as “better than glue”!
We’re not quite sure about that comment, but we do know that it looks, and smells, stunning! Warm America currently smells brilliant.
With just four weeks left of term it’s all hands to the orchid lab at Writhlington. Our plan is to complete at least 30 jars of seedlings every day until July 23rd. This will give us 600 jars of seedlings growing and ready for our customers to buy at the London Orchid show next year. To make room in the lab we will also be planting out all the seedlings that are now big enough, so our greenhouses will be full of cute little baby orchids….aaawww, so sweet. By the way ST6 is the classroom next to the greenhouse where we do our media cooking.