Well, the time has come once again for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And what a year it’s been!
This year, among other things, saw us move over to our brand new greenhouses! Since moving over at easter, we’ve been spending most of the time organising all of our plants into their correct climate zones; Cool Asia, Warm Asia, Cool America, Warm America and Temperate Sub-Tropical. You can see what’s going on in all of our sections from our webcams.
This year also saw the first Writhlington Autumn Orchid Festival (given the acronym ‘WAOF’) which was enjoyed by all. We filled the school with orchid societies, the dining room with food and the greenhouses with people. We also held lectures in our brand new theatre (which, as some of you may remember, I learnt I cant tech and lecture at the same time in!)
If you missed the festival this year, join us for WAOF11 taking place on the 17th September 2011. You can also join us for a similar event in March. The London Show Preview will be on the 12th March.
Remember, we’re not done yet! Join us tomorrow evening (Thursday 16th December) for ‘Christmas Orchids‘, an evening of Orchids, refreshments and music. Entry is £2 on the door, running from 7-9pm. See you there!
This has to be the best time of year to have a heated greenhouse. While many little mammals are thinking of hibernating to sit out the cold months, the students of Writhlington School (little mammals too) are busy surrounded by some of the of the world’s most stunning flowers.
Sophronitis cernua is a good example. This species comes from Brazil where it grows in warm forest in the coastal mountains. Like many tropical orchids it flowers in its ‘dry season’ which is winter (that means temperatures down to 15 degrees C). It’s red flowers attract pollinating hummingbirds. What a perfect antidote to winter weather.
You voted, you commented, we listened, and we now have our new label design! It’s all very exciting for us, particularly because we got to use the laser cutter again. (The most awesome use of ‘file – print’ there is!)
We’re going to wait until it’s light, position the labels in front of some appropriate plants, and show them off to you in their full glory tomorrow! They do look good!
We’ve been playing around with the laser cutter at school, and have come up with two potential designs for all of the labels we’ll use at shows in the future. (or until we come up with a better one!) We have come up with a dilema though, we can’t decide which is best.
Please give us a hand by voting for your favourite below! You can click on the images to enlarge them.
We made a very interesting discovery last open evening: The greenhouses look excellent when lit up at night! We liked it so much that we regularly work late into the hours of darkness, and are opening the greenhouses up to the public in December for a special, evening gathering in our lovely, lit up greenhouses.
The ‘Christmas Orchids’ event, as we’re calling it, will be your chance to have a look at the orchids with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie! The event will be on Thursday 16th December from 7 – 9 PM. Full details can be found here.