Flowers In Chiang Mai & Thailand
In the days of old, many SE Asian airline companies used to present passengers with orchids as they boarded the plane. These days only Thai Airways seems to continue the practice, however the orchids themselves remain as popular as ever. Thailand, and Chiang Mai in particular, is the best place to visit orchids and see them growing in all their beauty, both in gardens and in the wild. The cool season in Thailand is the best time to visit as this is also the time when all these beautiful flowers blossom.
Thailand is host to over one thousand species of orchids, all of them very beautiful and all of them unique in the way they breed. Some orchids will only accept certain insects as pollinators, for example they do not welcome the bee which is a favourite pollinator of most other plants. They have different methods of avoiding bees some orchids have flowers that mimic the shape of a bee to sexually attract while at the same time distracting it from its pollinating duties, while others produce a scent that is a mild sedative and makes the bee forget what it is doing. Others still produce a repellent scent that makes bees go away while some choose colours that bees find displeasing and will not come close.
Until quite recently orchids were only found in the wild and consequently many of them were under threat from growing agriculture. Starting with the royal family and working its way down to the common people, orchids gained popularity and these days ecologists and gardeners are working hard to protect species and bring them into production where they can improve on their colour, shape and diversity. Today this work has centred on Chiang Mai and has earned this city its reputation as a world grower of orchids, with the result that many thousands of visitors visit every year to witness the beautiful blossoming of orchids. Not only are there hundreds of commercial farms but also the markets are packed with orchids and the highlight of the year is the Chiang Mai flower festival which is three days in February where the flowers are at their best. The city is completey full and hotels are booked up months in advance for this stunning event.
If you are unable to make it to the festival do not despair for there are many other chances to see these beautiful flowers on display around the city. You can take a walk or cycle through the narrow streets and see how much the locals love these flowers. They grow all over the city, some wild and some in gardens, some in clumps and some draped from trees or pots.
Peter is a florist in Thailand. He has a website where he delivers flowers in Thailand and sends gifts to Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and other places in Thailand. He takes orders for flowers online and on his website http://www.gogoflorist.com and is able to deliver flowers the same day to most places in the country. Peter is 37 years old and has studied a florist school in Thailand for five years.