Next monday we host a visit from the Britain in Bloom judges because as usual we are included as part of Radstock in bloom. We think we are all set, a team to conduct the greenhouse tour, extra signs to highlight plants of interest like the Barkeria shown here and a good supply of truly tasty cakes.
Today was the day for the rearrangement of the lab, something that involved four of us for a large part of the day!
All the shelving used to store the jars of orchids have been moved and changed resulting in more space and organisation. The pictures below show the sorting in progress and the new layout of the lab.
My second day was again very enjoyable, with a large proportion of the day spent sorting and storing Orchid seeds. With many of the seeds in envelopes, sent from far and wide, it was a lengthy but nevertheless interesting process. There was still time in the day however, to undertake the task of green podding. This involves a steady hand, something which I just about managed!
I am looking forward to the rest of the week and watch out for regular updates on this website. I’ve added below some pictures of the seed sorting
With the Writhlington Autumn Orchid Festival fast approaching, we’re very keen to get the word out to as many people as possible.
In order to do this, we’ve made a poster that is available for download. If you live within reasonable travelling distance of Writhlington, we’d love it if you would print out one of our posters and stick it in your window, or village hall noticeboard, or lamp post outside! The more the merrier, so your help in publicising is much appreciated!
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.