After all the work we put into getting the new website up and running, Lisa and I decided we needed a break. We decided to take an old fashioned road trip to Merimbula as we had a few great holidays there when the children were young. Over 20 years ago the locals were generous enough to show us their favourite hidden spots for wild colonies of orchids. It was great to see that many of these colonies were still alive and thriving.
Unfortunately the township had moved pretty much over the top of one large colony, but it’s hard to reach location meant it was still mainly untouched. The Dendrobium speciosum we had been told about were only accessible by canoe and so were safe from orchid thieves. There is also no use in stealing these as they are vastly inferior to what we offer at the nursery. Ours have had up to eight generations of line breeding -- so it’s like comparing a rose to a blackberry. 95% of the canes were leafless thanks to Swamp wallabies and those that did have leaves wire being attacked by Dendrobium beetles. Most looked as though they hadn't bloomed in ten years or more.
It was great too see our favorite Cymbidium suave was still next to the Princes Highway somewhere between between Bega and Narooma also. We're not telling you where!