A collector’s item?
Tuesday’s orchid pick-up went smoothly. Thanks to first class help from four of the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden’s staff we managed to select, classify and pack all orchids in just 90 minutes. We also decided to exchange orchid fruits between Dokmai Garden and the QSBG.The reason is we need the genetic diversity from seedlings, in addition to the genetically identical clones.
The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is really worth a visit this time of the year, with all the Siamese tulips in magnificent blossom. Due to the low season you can enjoy the displays without any crowds.
Back home at Dokmai Garden I made a first grouping of the orchids. It will take a year or two to identify them all, as we in many cases have to wait for the blossom to emerge. Due to the current drought we need to water the orchids well. Some orchid species could be identified on the spot since they display flowers, and some of these are destined to be mounted in the trees. To do that, I prefer using sisal strings which degrade naturally without strangling a branch like metal wire or plastic. The problem is, natural fiber strings can be hard to find in Chiang Mai. In fact, I brought 400 meters back from Sweden to be on the safe side, but if somebody has located a reliable source, please let me know!
A collector’s item? Natural fiber strings are much needed by the Orchid Ark.