Roots 'n' Shoots: Orchid Exhibition 2010

Why is RnS Moving to

Google had brought out an algorithm update in May 2017. With previous updates like Panda or Penguin, Mr G had penalized blogs or websites with low quality content and those more focused on aggressive adverts (including multiple ads or pop-up ads in articles). However, many blogs/websites that weren't shady got penalized beyond recovery too and a lot of people lost their income. The May 2017 update has had wide-scale effect on blogs and websites, but without any explanation from Mr G as to why or what it does. RnS has been hit by it too and hard. RnS organic search stats (i.e. users from Google) have dropped by 75% since. Even though RnS is not a source of income, I tried to figure out why RnS is being culled. It seems that it doesn't really have anything to do with RnS per se, but likely because RnS is FREE and not paying for page ranking (via AdWords or Ad Ranking). Now it is likely being aggressively shoved to lower page rankings to accommodate the paid ads.

I cannot rely on Mr G anymore to get RnS' content where it is needed. So I am busy moving RnS to Wordpress where you can find me as Whisker Flowers @

I am also imposing 301 redirects from already moved posts and pages!

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Orchid Exhibition 2010

The amateur orchid cultivators’ guide book (1900)

Some more old photos I dug up! J This time it was at the Safari Garden Center (Lynnwood, Pretoria) with some of the orchid specimens that were competing at the 20th World Orchid Conference in Singapore 2011.


Orchids belong to the Orchidaceae family and is one of the largest families of flowering plants. Charles Darwin studied orchids, specifically their pollination mechanisms. Some of the orchids trap insects and the only way out deposits pollen onto the insect body. Others mimic receptive female insects, visually and by smell, particularly wasps – the males pollinate the flower during an attempt to mate with it … nasty orchids! Never kept orchids myself, I think they are too fussy J

I think I left my brain at home that day, because I did not take my camera with. So the photos below are from my cell phone – the best ones – and I don’t know any names, common or scientific J Enjoy.

At least I managed to nab a few postcards of the 20th WOC in Singapore, 14-23 November 2011.

What do you think about orchids? Do you keep any orchids?

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