When we returned to the greenhouses after a welcome break we found an unwelcome surprise, the greenhouse was rather cold. There was only one thing to do, have a team warm up! It was quite a site to see, a greenhouse full of jogging botanists, I don’t know about the plants but we were certainly warm.
Alarms are never good, but are particularly bad when they are telling you that the temperature in a section of the greenhouse has dropped 5º below where the heating is supposed to kick in!
That’s exactly the situation we came in to this morning. The boiler had broken at some point last night, leaving our plants shivering in the cold. Using a variety of techniques, including good old electric fan heaters, thermal screens and harvesting body heat, we managed to keep the temperatures within acceptable boundaries all day and, best of all, our boiler is now back online. Hurray!
In Temperate sub-tropical all the Pleiones are coming into flower. Also there are lots of Coelogyne cristata in flower, so temperate sub-tropical is full of flowers. Take a look. Unfortunetly the webcams are not all working.
All though all the webcams are not up and running you can still see some of what is going on. This week You can see us labeling plants with price labels, getting ready for the London show, and for some different name lables as some of the plant names have changed like sophronitis has changed to cattleya and a few others. Also the orchid of the week is back up and running to help keep you on top of what is going on.
I’m very pleased to announce today that our Webcams are now back online! Dan and I puzzled over them for a while, and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. We formulated a couple of theories, that I took to our IT department this morning, and they had the things back online by lunchtime! Big, huge, enormous Thank-You to them!