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Our presentation will provide valuable information and give you some hints about caring for your cymbidiums.

Guest Speaker: Cymbidium expert – Terry Poulton

When:  Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.
  • Please be mindful that we are guided by both Council and the Victorian State Government DHHS and the guidelines are constantly changing.
  • It is recommended you wear a mask within the Hall.
  • You must register via QR code or attendance sheet on arrival.
  • You must respect social distancing (1.5 Metres)
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits, will be available, but no other supper will be available. We cannot bring additional food.
  • Extra Sanitisers will be available at various points around the hall.

And for Club Members: Don’t forget that the monthly virtual voting competition will continue each month.

So, don’t forget to SNAP, SEND and VOTE

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Who Said You Can’t Grow Stanhopeas in a Cool Climate?

Originating from the Americas, Stanhopeas (AKA ‘The Upside Down’ orchid) grow in tropical climates from Tropic of Cancer through the Equatorial regions and down to the Tropic of Capricorn. They are also known to grow well in sub-Tropical areas of New South Wales and Sydney. But Melbourne is considered a cool-climate environment and in the summerof 2021 is currently in a La Niña weather pattern and experiencing a much cooler summer than usual. So, it was magnificent to see so many Stanhopeas presented by Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) members at the February Members Only Virtual Voting competition. Over three judging sections, there were 14 Stanhopeas to choose from.

  • Unusual, exciting, exotic and bizarre, the flowers do not last long and the perfumes are rich and intense. I can show you the flowers, but unfortunately they are not able to be ‘scratch and sniff’.

See our photo gallery pages for:

Cattleyas and Laelias | Coelogynes | Cymbidiums | Dendrobiums | Masdevallias | Oncidiums | Paphiopedilums | Phalaenopsis | Pleiones | Pterostylis | Sarcochilus | Stanhopeas | Zygopetalums | Other Genera

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55 Displays in the Making

Without sounding like the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ song our February competition had 55 entries and within this there were 14 Stanhopeas, 9 Epidendrums, 5 Phalaenopsis, 4 Gongoras, 3 Oncidiums, 2 LaeliaCattleyas and an unusual Promenaea.

View all entries on our February competition page.

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February favourites | As voted by our members

The winners of our Members Only February Virtual Voting Competition are:

OPEN: Gongora galeata [Grower: T Liston]
INTERMEDIATE: Laelia Cattleya Mauve [Grower: J Summers]
NOVICE: Two-way tie between Dendrobium densiflorum [Grower: V Hayes] and Epidendrum Comet Valley ‘Orange’ [Grower: J Derham]

Congratulations to everyone!

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School’s Out for Summer

Yes, as Alice Cooper once sang “School’s out for summer” and so is meeting in halls and other activities we were used to in pre-Covid19 days (but hopefully things may get better soon). But, that hasn’t stopped the members of Southern Suburbs Orchid Society from getting their cameras and camera phones out and taking photos of orchids from their collections and submitting them to our first virtual competition in January 2021.

We have never had a January competition before so it was fascinating to see what is in flower, in what is normally a very hot month. This is just a sample of the varied and quality entries we had.

  • There were 42 entries in this competition and all are on display in the categories – Open, intermediate and Novice.

See all entries on our What’s Flowering in January 2021 page.

 

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Our January Stars

If you are looking for your astrological predictions for the month of January in 2021, you are on the wrong page! These stars are competition winners.

  • Normally Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) members do not show any flowering orchids in January as meetings usually resume in February. But, this does not mean that there are not any flowering orchids at this time of the year. In fact members submitted 42 entries over the three grower categories (Open, Intermediate and Novice).

Our members have voted for the most popular plants for January and the winners are:

OPEN: Cattleya (Erin Kobayashi x walkeriana) ‘Plush’ [Grower: C&G Trainor]
INTERMEDIATE: Wilsonara Opalescent ‘Springtime’ [Grower: M Caruana]
NOVICE: Dendrobium ‘Kate’ [Grower: J Derham]

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When Dracula Met ‘The Crumpet’

Apart from great flowering plants, meet some with great sounding names. Who would have thought to name a flower Dracula, Scallywag ‘The Crumpet’, Wildcat, Doo-Wop or even Measles? Then of course there is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Well, I don’t know, but…

‘Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide No escape from reality’

And in 2020, there wasn’t. In a far from normal year we have made it to December and let’s hope that 2021 is a much better year.

  • SSOS only managed to hold two monthly meetings in 2020, the first in February and the following month – March.
  • Our ‘normal’ life changed rapidly and after an Iso-Easter, SSOS introduced a Members-Only virtual voting competition in May, and at the time, we thought we would be running these for a couple of months.
  • Now we have just conducted our eighth virtual competition (which included our Annual Spring Show in September).

The December competition gave members an opportunity to showcase plants in flower which we may not have normally seen at a meeting. Here are some examples from December’s competition.

‘Nothing really matters, Anyone can see ….
Growing flowering orchids, Is the way to be!’

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Nobile Winners | From Crownfox to Zygoneria

Normally members do not show any flowering orchids in December as it is usually the night of our Christmas Party, but during COVID-19 restrictions, we managed to have our party at an external venue. We also managed to run another virtual voting competition. This gave members an opportunity to showcase plants in flower which we may not have normally seen at a meeting. These are this months winners.

Novice: Cattleya intermedia v. orlata ‘Crownfox’ [Grower: J Derham]
Intermediate: Dendrobium nobile pink-white [Grower: J Summers]
Open: Zygoneria (Memoria Peter Nelson x Adelaide Meadows) [Growers: C & G Trainor]

 

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From Red Sox and Purple Spots to Golden Eyes and Luscious Lips

See what’s flowering in November

Once again there was a wide variety of plants to view in our November virtual voting competition. Out of the 73 entries, many were chosen by members as their favourites in the virtual voting competition.

For full set of entries per section, view our November 2020 page.

 

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Once again competition was tight for our November virtual voting competition. Out of the many entries, our members liked and voted for 26 different plants, with clear favourites chosen in Novice and Open sections. However, it was not so clear in Intermediate section with results creating a three-way tie amongst members votes.

Novice: Cymbidium Brown-Eyed Girl [Grower: M Fraraccio]
Open: Dendrobium densiflorum [Grower: E Kelly]
Intermediate: Sarcochilus Roberta x Snow Hart [Grower M Caruana], Cymbidium Mary Green ‘Little Annie’ [Grower: J Summers], and Sarcochilus Gabrielle ‘Purple Spots’ [Grower: S Craven]

View previous month’s winners during 2020 at our Judges vs People page.

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