Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bush orchid forms flower spikes

A couple of years ago, a close friend gave me a 'half-dead, half-alive' surprise present -- two clumps of bush orchids (Cymbidium caniculatum) growing on a dead ooline trunk. The present was moved from their cattle property to our garden here in Mitchell, to a position by the kitchen window where we would see it often.

Every year -- in the spring -- it has flowered and formed seed pods, with this year promising a spectacular display.

As the season progresses, I'll keep you up-to-date with the development of the flower spikes. For now though, around 30 flower spikes have formed, each with their rows of tight little buds -- promises of things to come.

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