What’s Flowering in May 2022

The SSOS May Members Virtual Vote competition saw 48 entries by 12 club members who competed in Novice (16 entries), Intermediate (19 entries) and Open Sections (13 entries). It is a time of the year to see Cattleya and Laelia hybrids begin to flower. Below are the images which members provided for the competition.

Here are some examples of what was flowering. To see the full list of entries, go to our What’s Flowering in May 2022 page.

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Three Club Challenge 2022 | Winners and Champions

On Wednesday 4th May, SSOS hosted the 2022 Invitational Challenge (aka the Three Club Challenge), held annually in May. It is an autumn flowering competition run between three south eastern district clubs – Dandenong and District Orchid Club (DDOC), Mornington Peninsula Orchid Society (MPOS) and Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS).

The Challenge winner for 2022 was the host club SSOS on 164 points. MPOS came second on 120 points and DDOC third with 53 points.

  • Sectional Winner for the Novice Section went to SSOS with 45 points, MPOS with 6 points and DDOC with 4 points.
  • Sectional Winner for the Intermediate Section went to SSOS with 50 points, MPOS with 12 points and DDOC with 0 points.
  • Sectional Winner for the Open Section went to MPOS with 102 points, second was SSOS with 69 points and DDOC was third with 49 points.

It was a long-time coming to hold this event with the past two years cancelled because of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The Champions of the 2022 show are:

  • Champion of the Show, Champion Any Other Hybrid, Npp Memoria Jimmy Little ‘Pop’ x Kiwi Choice ‘Florafest’ [Grower: L Bunning, SSOS]
  • Reserve Champion, Champion Any Other Species, Gomesa uniflora ‘Lorraine’ [Grower: C Trainor, SSOS]

You can view the full list of Champions and class winners on our Three Club Challenge 2022 page.

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May the Best of Them Win

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society has run its members virtual voting competition for May. There were 48 entries. Thirteen entries were in Open Section, nineteen in Intermediate Section and sixteen in Novice Section. The winners are:

Open Section: Cymbidium erythrostylum x self [Grower: T Liston]
Intermediate Section: Laelia Blue Anceps Venchiana [Grower: J Summers] and
a two-way tie in Novice between Cymbidium Winter Wonder x Lerwick and Cattleya intermedia [Grower: A Randle]

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What’s Flowering in April

The SSOS April Members Virtual Vote competition saw 53 entries by 13 club members who competed in Novice (24 entries), Intermediate (19 entries) and Open Sections (10 entries). It is a time of the year to see Cattleya and Laelia hybrids begin to flower. Below some of the images which members provided for the competition. View all entries at our April 2022 page on our What’s Flowering section of our website.

Novice Section

Intermediate Section

Open Section

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April Showers? No, Its April Flowers

The SSOS April Members Virtual Vote competition saw 53 entries by 13 club members who competed in Novice (24 entries), Intermediate (19 entries) and Open Sections (10 entries). It is a time of the year to see Cattleya and Laelia hybrids begin to flower. The winners are:

Open Section: Cattleya Elizabeth Calov #1 [Grower: C Trainor]
Intermediate Section: Cattleya Rlc Golden Kaleidoscope x Rlc Brunswick Gem Coral [Grower: J Summers] and
a two-way tie in Novice between Coelogyne Colmanii [Grower: M fraraccio] and Miltonia bluntii [Grower: A Randle]

Well done everyone!

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What’s Flowering in March

At the beginning of March SSOS held its first in-house flowering competition and towards the end of the month, its March virtual voting competition.

  • March appears to be a time to see miltonias, rossioglossums and masdevallias in flower, as well as some early cymbidiums in flower. Here is a sample of what flowered. To view all, go to our What’s Flowering in 2022 – March page.

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Our April Meeting | Results

Members of the SSOS met at the N.G. Wishart Hall, Moorabbin on Wednesday, 6th April 2022. The topic for the evening was a member’s Q&A, with many vexing questions which were answered under the guidance of Craig Trainor and/or our fellow members. The following are the winners for the night.

Novice:

Intermediate:

Open:

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The Winners March

Another virtual voting competition has been and gone, and once again SSOS members found it difficult to agree on which flowering orchid was best (especially in Novice section) but it’s time to announce the winners:

  • Open Section: Paphiopedilum dianthum (‘P&R’ x Mostachio Pete) – [Grower: C Trainor]
  • Intermediate Section: Masdevallia ‘Dazzler Ruth’ [Grower: S Craven]

But, it was a four-way tie for Novice Section entries.

  • Dendrobium speciosum alba [Grower: A Randle]
  • Cattleya Hawaiian Wedding Song ‘Virgin’ [Grower: M Fraraccio]
  • Beallara Memoria ‘Donald Yamada’ [Grower: J Derham]
  • Rossioglossum Grande ‘Kings Park’ x ‘Leanne’ [Grower: J Derham]

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Winners of First In-House Competition for 2022

On Wednesday 2nd March, 2022, SSOS held its first in-house meeting for the year. The judges results for the night resulted with:

  • Best in Open Section and the Judges Vote: Cattleya Pumila ‘Coerulea’ [Grower: C Trainor]
  • Best in Intermediate Section: Epi Comet Valley ‘Orange’ [Grower: S Craven
  • Best in Novice Section: LC Bernadine Kennedy ‘White Jewel’ [Grower: V Hayes]

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February is an Epi Time at SSOS

The February virtual competition for 2022 was again, a ‘quiet’ time for flowering orchids, but still a time to see a few more gongora and stanhopea flowers. Apart from some other unusual orchids, it is a sunny time of the year and a good flowering time for epi’s or epidendrums, of various colours. Members provided 45 wonderful flowering orchids which made for difficult decisions when voting.

  • There were plenty of Epi’s to choose from
  • And some more unusual summertime flowering orchids

Visit the February Flowering page to see all 45 entries.

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