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Alphabet Orchids

Daniel from Alphabet Orchids was our brilliant speaker this month (July) .and what a most enjoyable evening it was. He grows hardy orchids and has been doing so for fourteen years, just as a passion, he did sell some on eBay but then went on to doing shows and selling there. He has all different types of hardy orchids and is doing ever so well with them.   He brought along lots of plants for the members to buy and sold many too.  His talk was on hardy orchids and started with Compost and the different types you can grow them in, in the garden. Terracotta chips was mentioned, as we all know, we sometimes put them in our pots as drainage but he said some orchids do not like them.  Leaf mulch and grass cuttings was very good especially over the winter months to lay on top of pots.  Be careful what you buy as not all are hardy.

He talked on Cites and said that any orchid outside the E U have to have Cites permit, costing around £65. There are 56 native species to the British Isles and all are covered by Cites.  He went through showing us on the screen lots of different types of orchid that you can grow, Ladies Slipper orchid, Twayblade, Epipactis palustris,  Epipactis

Helleborine, Spiranthes (Lady Tresses), Orchis Anthropophora (Man Orchid) Orchis Simia (Monkey Orchid), Platanthera-biofolia (Lesser Butterfly Orchid), Gymnadenia Conopsea (Common fragrant orchid), Dactylorhiza, (Marsh orchid), The next few are all from the Dactylorhiza family, Fuchsii, (common spotted), Praetermissa (south marsh), Incarnata (early marsh), Viridis (frog orchid), Maculata (heath spotted).

There is the Himantoglossum Hircinum (Lizard orchid). Anacamptis laxiflora, (loose flowered orchid), Anacamptis Pyramidalis (pyramidal orchid), Serapias lingua (greater tongue orchid), Ophrys Apifera (bee orchid), which is [pollinated by bees. Most of these orchids can be grown in raised beds or bog gardens which you can produce yourself. With the Bletilla Striata it must not get waterlogged otherwise the orchid will die. Daniel said the best thing to do is buy a good book on the hardy orchids and read up on them, he hopes to be writing a book in the near future, so keep a look out for it.

Must say Daniel has been the best speaker we have had for a long time, the talk was so interesting and knowledgeable. He did explain in great detail the flowering period where to find them around the British isles and generally where to plant them in your garden. For those who missed the evening make sure you come to Alphabet Orchids when we have him again, we can be sure of a good night.



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