I have had lots of queries from people asking when they should come up to see the orchids so I took a day off and went up there to see what the recent showers have done to speed things up. The general impression is that there hasn’t been much of a change – all Monkey orchids are very small and if they have buds they are very tightly wrapped up – to me this means that they are a couple of weeks from beginning to flower. The Lady orchids & hybrids are showing buds and some of them are fairly tall, so they should be in flower next week.
That said, the flowers should only just be starting and they should continue for at least 2 weeks after that so don’t all rush up there at once. We haven’t even put out the marker tapes or unlocked the lower gate yet because there really isn’t anything to see.