Xinshe 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.
 
療癒之旅 新社花海

來到新社花海,Dinh覺得非常舒服,看起來差點脫光衣服跳起舞來,就像到了伍德斯托音樂會,好家在我們後來沒脫序。
除了波斯菊,向日葵,油菜花田,來到新社花海還能看見珍貴的蘭花。
其實蘭花的繁殖非常不容易,所以通常都是非常專業的人士在實驗室裡進行這項工作。
傳統繁殖就是直接從旁邊的小芽分株出來,可是這樣子的小苗分株出來,長得速度比較慢,數量比較少,而且它不整齊。我們能夠找到一個比較漂亮的植株的話,我們就用無性繁殖的方式來讓它大量產生跟它媽媽一模一樣的植株出來,然後就一個芽變成三個芽,三個芽變成九個芽,然後越來越多,達到一定的程度,比如到一千棵,你就可以把一千棵拿出去種。在自然界它很不容易發芽,所以我們一定要把它撥在瓶子裡面,然後在瓶子裡面,我們會供給它所需要的養分。長到一定的程度之後,我們才有辦法移到外面去種植。
蝴蝶蘭已經非常普遍,因此最近研究員們開始把時間和精神放在花型優雅的拖鞋蘭,還有香味迷人的石斛蘭上。
台灣的蘭花,聞名國際,在國外買,價格不斐。對喜愛花的人來說,能夠這麼近距離接觸,甚至擁有它們,實在好幸福。
除了聞花香,我們還吃到有花的料理,喝到有花的飲料。我們做了平常不會做的事情,所以很有趣。非常有趣。今天一整天都好繽紛,一整個浸泡在色彩裡面。對心靈有益。