MAJOR CHANGES TO OUR NURSERY HAVE BEEN UNDERWAY SINCE 2005 AND ARE CONTINUING!
Another change has been to our website hosting service! Our old web site had been corrupted and we could not access it to rectify the situation. That and other problems forced us to find a new web site host.
Email address: No changes. If contact is lost see "Contact Us" page for any changed details.
Roadway Reconstruction. Apart from the drought, 2009 bushfires, lack of water and excessive heat our roadway was reconstructed and with it a major disruption to our business.
Our roadway has been converted from a single dual lane road to a divided 4 lane highway. The consequence of which is access is slightly more complicated, but it is now much safer.
In 2006 our Government decided we needed a highway upgrade! For the next 2 years amidst chaos (and we mean CHAOS) we now have a 4 lane divided highway with changed access to our nursery. To help clients locate us we have a temporary 5 metre sign adjacent to our gate that says "Orchids" to help locate us!.
The highway construction period was "interesting"! We lost the area shown below that was full of native terrestrial orchids (including scarce "Duck" orchids)
Customer couldn't find us! We had regular water, phone/computer and power outages. Our phone line was bulldozed and not reconnected for 7 days!
The few photos below will give some idea of what clients (and we) had to suffer for two years
Nursery Expansion. We had commenced building new growing houses in 2005 and have managed to move some stock around since. We picked a fine time to begin construction - it coincided with two years of our worst drought and severest water restrictions ever and we are still effected by them!!
So, having survived all that, the now infamous February 2009 bushfires season hit us! Lost all but a few seed pods, plants were scorched and lost. Temperature in one new growing house hit 55 deg C - and no water!
Finally it started to RAIN last April! Our Gyms began to spike and those that lost leaves suddenly began to show new leads. We could even have a reasonable Cymbidium seedling flask catalogue for 2010! The first are due for flasking in January.
Almost dead Cattleyas are recovering and some have resumed flowering.
AND....we have resumed photographing flowers for our new site!
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) and NEW WEB SITE
It has probably been obvious for some time that our web site has been a mess, and some couldn't successfully submit our catalogue request form. Not having time to waste on fixing problems we have switched to a specialist web site hosting and management service instead. We couldn't upload anything to fix our website or fix other problems so we have finally had enough and moved our easier to local web hosting service who can provide the support we need.
ALL other services (emails etc.) will remain as they are with TPG/Chariot
We were in the process of uploading this site to our new host and ...guess what? Our web designer crashed and refused to work even after numerous reinstallations!! So we reverted to an older version and start again!!
Please bear with us...we have a lot of work to do on this site yet, but it will gradually come together.
ALL lists will now be downloadable directly from this site in PDF format.
Loads of clients had trouble uploading our old order form so we are changing the system.
To lodge an order, go to our "ORDERS" page, and download our new order form and open it in WORD to complete it. A number of FREE programs can be found that convert ".DOC" files to PDF format are also available and FREE PDF file readers also are available.
Our new web site will be fully developed over the next 18 months. All plants are being photographed in digital format as they flower. If water restrictions are eased during the coming (2010) summer and flower quality is right then will be very busy with our camera.
STAGE 1. We have a 3 year nursery expansion and upgrade underway that involves fitting out and filling two large shadehouses . We are expanding the range of genera grown and as they come into production, lists etc will be included in this site. Our new Cymbidium house is 75% full and is producing good results.
Our Cattleya house is already overflowing and we need another!
STAGE2. When Stage 1 is completed we are planning to rebuild our enclosed houses into one sales area, and upgrade our laboratory.
STOCK SITUATION FOR 2010
The damage sustained by our plants from last summer's heat has caused a shortage of new flask and plant stock. Providing there is no repeat of last summer's heat and water shortages, normality may be restored by the end of 2010.
The first our 2009 Cymbidium crosses are about to be sown and, hopefully the same is the case for Cattleyas. We managed to mature some Oncidium pods as well. Some have already germinated.
New mericlones are on the way, but because it takes a couple of years before the first plants are ready to deflask don't expect too many to be released in the short term. We are planning to clone (at least) 15 new items a year.
Our new roadwork has cause considerable problems for our lab. With power supplies cut during construction we lost a host flasks.
A host of potential new breeding plants has been added to our range so as soon as they mature and are assessed they will be photographed and included in the appropriate galleries. Providing growth conditions are suitable and flower quality is adequate we will have a substantial range of photographs in various galleries.
COCONUT HUSK CHIP POTTING MATERIAL
We have been using this for around 6 years and we are now get ting excellent results from it...but it has its own requirements. Plants growing in our new shadehouse went through the 2009 summer with minimum water and then a very wet autumn and winter but have managed to pro duce new growths in fabulous condition. For some hints on its use visit our Culture page. We will be updating that page to keep clients well informed on our methods for using CHCs.