During the build-up to the bloom phase, the titan can grow between approx. 1-3 inches a day. I find that remarkable. This titan's bloom date is projected to be sometime midweek.
|As of today, I think she stood around 2' tall.|
I also discovered a couple of really interestingly scented orchids during my shift today.
The orchids in the photo below give off a lovely, cinnamon scent. When visitors asked me what I found interesting in this particular gallery, I took them over to the 'spice orchid', as I referred to it. (I couldn't find a name spike for it, so there you go.)
These sort of weeping willow-looking blooms smelled vaguely of lemon-scented cleaning agent. -not really all that pleasant, to be honest!
But back to cinnamon--I had some really fun interactions with children regarding the cinnamon tree we have at the Conservatory. Well, we have two, actually, but the Ceylon (Sri Lankan) cinnamon plant yields a much larger leaf than that of its SE Asian counterpart & its scent is also more robust. The gardner was kind enough to cut down for me a rather sizable branch of the Ceylon cinnamon. I didn't tell the children in advance from which plant the branch came. I then invited them to choose the leaf they wanted before plucking one off and handing it over. They were told to scratch a bit of the stem with their fingernail before smelling the stem.
'What does that smell like?'
One little girl, aged 6, then demonstrated everything I had shared with her to a friend who had arrived a bit later. She'd remembered virtually everything I had told her about the cinnamon & had a great delivery. I was duly impressed. Her mother whispered to me that her daughter suffers from stage fright. I told her, that I thought her daughter was sort of on stage right now! She agreed.
|Ceylon Cinnamon leaf, about 6'' in length|