So today I got my hands dirty at the Vale Park open day. (See here for Part 1) I had the privilege of planting out some orchids, namely Thelymitra antennifera, also known as the Lemon Scented Orchid or the Rabbit ears sun orchid. The orchids I planted were very young plants, only just beginning to grow. They had been propagated from seeds, and grown in a flask. Some were just tubers, while others did have some leaves just beginning to emerge. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph any before planting. After we had finished planting, this is what they looked like.
This species has nice yellow flowers, which gives of a soft lemon scent. They only open when it is warm enough, as this is when the pollinators are about.
During the last fortnight, many of the Caladenia latifolia had been pollinated and were forming nice capsules. This means there should be lots of seeds, and will help these orchids spread.
Some other orchids which had opened during the last fortnight included Diuris behrii and Diuris orientis.
Vale park is not the only place in Adelaide where orchids have been successfully introduced. On Gilbert Street in North Adelaide there are some more Caladenia latifolia which are thriving. This is a smaller site, and did not have as many species.
So I’ll finish today’s post with a picture that I took near these orchids, right in the centre of the city!