We noticed that our dove orchids were in bud yesterday and this morning they were all in flower. I went out to take a photo for the blog and couldn’t work out why I was so disappointed with the result until I realised that I was missing the scent … silly, really, but quite unconscious.
I introduced these orchids at some length in November 2011 and won’t repeat all that information here but just say that they are a well-established exotic, Dendrobium crumenatum, and are generally thought to predict rain. My readers have been informally helping me test that theory via their comments to that post, and my summary of the results so far is that it’s beginning to look like we have two patterns:
- Flowers appear a few days before heavy rain.
- Flowers appear very soon after a thunderstorm breaks a dry spell.
Today’s flowering is our first this year and we haven’t had any thunderstorms recently, so they must be saying rain is on the way. Our weather forecasters agree, saying that there is a moderate chance of a cyclone forming off the northern coast in the next few days and a good chance of some heavy rain from that weather system whether it becomes a cyclone or not. All we can do is wait and see.