Winter snows have returned to the West Country and so school is closed for the day – except for the Orchid Project of course.
Come on Jacob we know that Laelia anceps is cool growing but that is ridiculous!
It is still snowing hard as I write and so we may be stuck here for a while but a tropical greenhouse has to be the best refuge from a blizzard. The Greenhouse is full of gorgeous orchids in flower, we have a whole school’s worth of snow to play with and who knows we might get some useful jobs done too.
If you missed WSBEorchids on BBC 1’S Inside Out West, you can watch it here. *
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If you get BBC West in your area don’t miss ‘Inside Out West’ at 7.30 tomorrow which will feature the Writhlington Orchid Project and lots of Writhlington’s orchid growers.
If you can’t get BBC west on your TV, or missed it, it’s available on BBC iPlayer.
We are delighted to announce that Simon’s work in Education and the Orchid Project has been recognised with an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List. Simon said today “This is recognition for my fantastic team of students at Writhlington who have achieved so much over the last twenty years and for all those who have supported our work both in the UK and abroad.”
Simon Pugh-Jones MBE with Laelia anceps in the School Greenhouse
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