After a long evening setting up, we have finished the display and I must say it looks stunning, and is full of orchids everywhere you look.
We arrived at the three counties show ground, where we were met with masses of tents and stands! All the plants had survived the long journey, now time to unpack and set up the display.
After recent orchid safaris to the Himalayas and Rwanda it is now time to explore the orchid habitats of England. A really special spot is the Hartslock reserve in Oxfordshire and on Wednesday evening we headed there to find some really rare British native orchids.
This site has our nearest population of Monkey Orchids, Lady Orchids and the recently appeared hybrid between the two which we like to call Ladymonkeys.
Have a look at the photos and you can see the characters of the parent species coming through wonderfully in the hybrid.
Now the hybrid.
The reserve is amazing and we found three other orchid species; Twayblade, White Heleborine and Common Spotted Orchid. Rare non-orchids included the fabulous Pasque flower. Quite an evening.
Here our very own Dendrobium aphyllum is in full flower. After seeing it covering the trees back in Sikkim, it is very exciting and brings back some wonderful memories to us all.
Here’s another amazing orchid we are hoping will still be out for the Three Counties Show. It is Guarianthe skinneri, national flower of Costa Rica and surely one of the most beautiful members of the Cattleya family.