Sea of Flowers.
Feeling right at home at the Shinshe Flower Festival,
Dinh looked about ready to take off his clothes and
dance to music a la Woodstock, but thankfully we behaved.
This year in addition to seas of cosmos, sunflowers,
and bright yellow rapeseed flowers, rare and beautiful
orchids are on display as well.
If you think orchids are difficult to take care of,
try reproducing them - it’s nearly impossible, so
the task is usually left to the professionals, who
do it in a laboratory.
The traditional way of doing it is by taking out the
offshoot, but the flowers grow slower, you get a lower
yield and the quality varies. So when we find one
nice sample, we clone it to produce exact same copies
of it. One keiki will become three, three becomes
nine, and you get more and more. When you get to a
certain amount, like a thousand, you can take them
out to be planted. In the natural world, they don’t
easily reproduce, so we put them in bottles where
we provide the nutrition that they need. When it’s
time, we move them outside.
Because phalaenopsis orchids have achieved great popularity,
researchers have shifted their energy to cultivating
the elegant lady slipper and aromatic dendrobium varieties.
Orchids from Taiwan can be found in many parts of
the world, but can be quite expensive and unobtainable,
so to be able to get so up close and personal with
these beautiful flowers in Shinshe is a luxury.
It’s not only about smelling the flowers. We also
ate them, we also drank them. We did a lot of things
that you cannot usually do so it was interesting.
Really interesting. I really have the feeling that
I spent my entire day in so many different colors.
I feel really good. Good for the soul.