We have had an exciting day in the greenhouse with BBC’s Countryfile presenter Ellie Harison and the BBC film team shooting for a Countryfile episode to go out this summer. (6th August)
More news and photos tomorrow with reflections from the team about their day in-front of the cameras.
This extraordinary masdevallia produces masses of large brightly coloured flowers in a range of colours including white, yellow, red and pink. It comes from Colombia and Peru where it grows in cool wet forest up to 3000m altitude.
Its long flower spikes hold the flowers well clear of the leaves and it is humming bird pollinated.
Masdevallia ivanii was first decribed in 2006 and is a small growing Masdevallia from Ecuador with large long lasting flowers for the size of the plant. We only have a young plant at present but hope that it will become a specimen over time.
Itis found at around 1500m and so is cool growing but not excessively so. It seems to do well with a minimum of 12C
We currently have a large number of dramatic orchid species related to Vanda in Warm Asia. Micropera rostrata is native to Assam and the Eastern Himalayas where it grows pendulously in warm forest that has very wet summers and a dryer winter.
We find that in cultivation the species enjoys constantly warm conditions in Warm Asia and we keep it watered throughout the year as the species never really stops growing. Summer flowering is very reliable indicating daylight length is the flowering trigger.
The species was originally included in Aerides which makes sense from the way that it grows and flowers but the flowers them selves have a very unusual and distinctive lip and column leading to the very appropriate name rostrata which means ‘beaked’.
This small growing Bulbophyllum species is native to warm forest in South East Asia where it has been recorded in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Forest here experiences a hot wet summer and a cooler dryer winter with a hot dry season at the end of spring.
We have seen a great diversity of Bulbuphyllum species in Laos where most grow on trunks and lower branches giving some protection from the brightest sun but good light. We grow this species in Warm Asia and a winter rest in Cool America.