A traditional Christmas holiday job at Writhlington is finishing repotting the Pleiones. We have found that plants do particularly well when the pots are topped with fresh moss and so to pot them we half bury the bulbs in compost before adding the moss.Pleione grandiflora with the moss half done
Happy Christmas an best wishes for 2013 from all of us here. The greenhouse is full of winter favourites like this lovely Laelia anceps var. veitchiana and packed with flower spikes full of promise for the spring. Not surprisingly our rain water tank is full!
Prosthecheas are in bloom like normal yet there is a new member of the Prosthechea family that has decided to show its flower. This is a beautiful prosthechea vitellina.
We are pleased to announce that Zygopetalum time has arrived in the Writhlington greenhouse. This Zygopetalum maculatum is wonderfully fragrant as well as drop dead gorgeous. Come and see them for yourself at orchid Christmas.
Every December we have a special evening of orchids called Orchid Christmas. This year it is on Saturday December 13th from 6pm to 9pm and you are all invited.
The evening will include tours of the greenhouses and the magnificent orchids that flower in December, short talks about the Writhlington Orchid Project, plant sales and sales of Rwandan crafts. There will also be a festive atmosphere and see mince pies and mulled wine (or soft drinks) included in the entrance price of £2.
Rwandan crafts imported directly from producers are being sold for the first time this year to help raise funds towards the Rwandan Schools Orchid Project which is the latest initiative from the Writhlington Orchid Project.