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Hardy orchids – here is a subject I would love to know more about – so lo and behold, James Wong has written about it in the Guardian!
I love having orchids in the house, just your usual run of the mill buy them in any shop orchids, but it is a pleasure to read about the plants that will grow outside and cope with this weather.
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Hardy Orchids For Your Garden
Which orchids does James Wong suggest we grow?
- Habenaria radiata – known as the Egret Orchid. Which if you know the bird, gives you a pretty good idea of what the flower looks like! Hardy down to -5.
- Cypripedium ‘Emil’ – slipper orchid, hardy down to -20.
- Calanthe ‘Takane’ – taller than the others, with flowers 50cm high. Generous in flower.
He also recommends, as an extra bonus, Bletilla and Pleione.
What a kind man to point us in the hardy orchid direction!
Orchids in Southend
A few years ago the Council forgot, or were late, cutting the verges on the road into Southend-on-Sea. Bee orchids came up, and looked amazing. Especially as it was such a surprise to see them, no-on heaven planted them in the first place.
The Council then got caught up with work and cut them down, but that is what can happen when you do things by the book. You tick a box and don’t see what is in front of you, looking beautiful.
I’m pretty sure there is a lesson in that. A not very subtle one either!
Do make sure you check out the article and explore these hardy orchids. I know I will…. and who knows, they may become the subject of other talk for the future. Much like my plant experiments from the last few years went into my latest talk ‘A Very British Garden’.
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