Hello Orchid Growers October 2020
Last month got away from us somewhat – still very challenging business and personal for us all in the Covid 19 world.
Our Growers Group Meetings on the first Saturday of the month are cancelled for the rest of the year. We appreciate that so many have expressed disappointment, but the Queensland Government Health Directions are absolutely clear and do not look like changing for a considerable period of time.
We managed to get a shipment of flasks in and varieties available are now listed on the website. These are in very limited supply and will be available for a short period (unless sold out prior). It is an expensive and logistically challenging activity to engage in.
CHRISTMAS 2020 DESPATCH ORDER DEADLINES
Australia Post have already indicated that there will be MAJOR DELAYS with Christmas December 2020 Parcel delivery schedules. As a result (to avoid grief to both our customers and us) we have the following order and dispatch deadlines.
LAST DESPATCH ORDERS RECEIVED – Friday 27th November
LAST ORDERS DESPATCHED – Monday 30th November
DESPATCH ORDERS WILL RECOMMENCE – Monday 4th January 2021
The nursery will be open throughout this period. We are here, open and working most days of the year. Sometimes we are away or have pressing engagements. Simply phone or email to make an appointment to avoid disappointment. Also open the first Saturday of each month 9am – 4pm.
Thank you for your support
Ross and Liz
HOW TO TELL AN ORCHID FLOWER FROM OTHER FLOWERS
The following features of the flower identify it as being an orchid as opposed to all other types of flowering plants. All of these features must be present to classify it as an Orchid.
- When looking at the flower (no matter what size, shape or structure) it can be divided into a mirror image (2 sides looking identical) in one plane only.
- The flower structure contains two sets of three segments each. The three segments which are at the back of the flower are generally narrower and are called Sepals.
- The set of three segments immediately in front of the Sepals are generally larger and are call Petals.
- One of these three Petals is different and highly modified and called the Labellum.
- A big feature differentiating Orchids from other plants is that the male part of the flower (Stamen) and female part (Pistil) are fused into one single structure which is called the Column. This is seen protruding from the centre of the flower within the Labellum.
- Towards the end of the Column the male part, which is at the very tip, is called the Pollinia. Directly behind this is the beginning of the female part which is called the Stigma. Separating the Pollinia and Stigma is a wall like structure call the Rostellum.
How cool is it that orchids evolved to allow the male and female to coexist in one structure, each with their own space? This must explain the low divorce rate amongst Orchids!