Archive for January, 2011

Brisbane Flood Crisis Appeal 2011

Posted in Events happening around the region, News from Australia with tags , on January 17, 2011 by orchideae

Dear All,

Brisbane has encountered a series of flash flood which has destroyed the homes of many Queenslanders and a considerable portion of the flora is destroyed too.

As a fellow UQ Alumni, I am appealing to all of you who is able to give a helping hand to the folks at down under.

The following is an article appealing to UQ Alumni:-

UQ Alumni Brisbane Flood Crisis Appeal

Please kindly make a difference and help these folks.

Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal
The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help Queenslanders affected by the recent floods.
Please make a difference and donate directly via their website:

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has also launched a disaster relief appeal to help those affected. You can make a secure online donation at




Gentse Floral Expo (Ghent’s Floraliën)

Posted in Belgium, Events happening around the region with tags , , , on January 10, 2011 by orchideae

In Singapore, for plants lovers there are the Singapore Garden Festival, for people in Belgium there is the there is the Gentse Floral Expo (Ghent’s Floraliën) which occured every five years. This is definite must-see for all plant lovers who are visiting Belgium in five years time!!!

It was first held in 1808 and the most recent one was held in April 2010.

The first first day cover for the event was launched in 1955.

Ghent’s Floraliën 1955 FDC

Close up of the paphiopedilum stamp on the FDC

The link to the official website of Ghent’s Floraliën.