November Updates

Hello again everyone!  It’s been a while, but I’m pleased to be back to blogging!  A lot has happened in the past month (including a lot of work for me) so I’ve decided to condense it down into one – convenient post!

Firstly I would like to say a big big big ‘Thank You’ to the Durban team for essentially doing my job while they were in Durban.  Zoe Parfitt, Zoe Barnes, Simon Pugh-Jones and Lauren Gardiner kept the RHS blog updated frequently, meaning that all I had to do was to move the posts from there to here.

This brings me neatly onto the second point on my little list of things to mention.  The RHS blog that you were effectively following while the team were in Durban?  We’re keeping it going!  It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know some of our younger growers, as well as getting information about specific orchids and culture.  If this is as much of a success as Dan (our web admin guy) and I expect it will be, we plan to move it here to WSBEOrchids so you can ‘leaf’ through our archives.

Thanks also for keeping with us here at WSBEOrchids.  We do enjoy watching the little graph of hits skyrocket!  We also like watching different countries on our visitor map light up as we spread all over the world!

Remember that our media libraries are open 24/7 and we are constantly working to make this website better for you.  If there’s something that we don’t do at the moment that you think we should do – get in touch!  E-mail me at [email protected] with any and all comments, queries and suggestions!

Right, that’s about all from me at the moment.  Remember to keep checking back.  Subscribe to us either by e-mail, RSS or Twitter and remember to get in touch!


Back Home

Well the tropical weather of Durban is a distant memory and the great new friends we made are 6000 miles away. We will never forget the amazing time we had but it’s back to work in the Writhlington Labs. Here we are at Tuesday’s Lab Club, sowing seed of Epidendrum radicans (the pod split in the school greenhouse on the day we returned) and replating seedlings of Sophronitis coccinea (see an earlier blog about that species). As you can see we are having the usual fun. It’s good to be home. The good news is we are going to keep blogging so watch this space for everything orchid shaped and follow us and the Writhlington Orchid Project through the coming years. We also have some good bits of the durban trip still to share with you.


Teaching pupils at West Park School

We have had an amazing day again in Durban. It started with a trip to the West Park School in Malvern on the outskirts of the city. We started with a school assembley where Simon and Lauren talked to the school. We then had a tour of the impressive permaculture work that the school is doing. The pupils at the school train rural schools in permaculture techniques as well as doing their own work. After the tour the two of us gave a workshop to a group of staff and pupils from every class. we talked about growing orchids and showed them how to deflask seedlings. We have left over fifty seedling likts at the school so that each class can have their own seedlings to grow. West Park school is a special needs school and has a fantastic atmosphere. The school is using horticulture and enterprise to provide experiences for the pupils as well as fund projects and it is really exciting to know that we can help them to help themselves by supporting them setting up an orchid project. Right got to pack. Back in the bush looking for orchids tomorrow and then flying back to the UK after an incredible African adventure.


WSBEOrchids on iTunes

Proof that we're on iTunes!
Proof that we're on iTunes!

Hello all iTunes users (and potential iTunes users, and non-iTunes users who I may be able to persuade!)

The WSBEOrchids podcast that we piloted last week was a hit (sort of)! And so I’ve managed to get our tame web expert, Dan to put the podcast online so it’s available for you to subscribe to in iTunes!  This means you can download the podcast when we release it, put it on you’re iPod and listen to it on the bus, or simply listen to it there and then on the computer!

Find us by searching “WSBEOrchids” in the iTunes store.