All Grown in Melbourne’s Very Merry Month of May

The May Member’s Virtual Voting competition saw 51 entries over the three member categories and the winners this month are:

OPEN:  – Dendrobium hybrid Mousmee x trysiflorum [Grower: H Aber]
INTERMEDIATE:  –Potinara cattleya ‘Burana Beauty’ [Grower: S Craven]
NOVICE: –  Cattleya (Seagulls Royal Flush x Intermedia) x Vaupes Sunrise x Lynn Spencer [Grower: M Fraraccio]

Well done everyone!

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All you ever wanted to know about cymbidiums

Dendrochilum uncatum 'Bentleigh'

Dendrochilum uncatum ‘Bentleigh’

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society is running monthly face-to-face meetings. Why not come along and enjoy another great meeting together with our guest speaker for May:

  • Terry Poulton – who is one of the leading growers of cymbidiums in Victoria and will surely have a wonderful and entertaining presentation for us. Terry can also provide great growing tips to improve your flowering cymbidium collections.

The meeting will conclude with supper. Again contribution from members would be welcome. You are encouraged to bring purchased food.

  • This will also be our Autumn Show with additional prizes and Show sashes to be won.

When: Wednesday 5th May 2021, (7:30pm Early session) 8:00pm Main Presentation
Where: N.G. Wishart Hall, 964 Nepean Highway Moorabbin

  • We congratulate Herbert Aberl for being awarded a Club Cultural Certificate by the judges for his wonderful specimen of Dendrobium uncatum ‘Bentleigh’ (see image above), benched at our April monthly meeting. Well done Herbert!

See you all on Wednesday

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Bench Winners from our April Meeting

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) held its April meeting at the Wishart Hall on Wednesday 7th April. The guest speakers spoke about growing and looking after Australian native dendrobiums. The meeting was well attended by members and the Club welcomed three new members. Below are some of the plants which were benched at the meeting. The images featured here are just an indicator of the breadth and depth of members flowering plants which were on display.

  • See the full list of entries in our April page.

To find out more about our monthly meetings, see our About page.

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What’s flowering in April

These are some of the finalists in the members virtual voting competition for April.

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These purple plants of April are pretty perfect

The April Member’s Virtual Voting competition saw 17 entries over the three member categories and the winners this month are:

OPEN: Oncidium Goodale Moir – Elaine Kelly
INTERMEDIATE: Den Mingle’s Sapphire’Garth’ xgonzalesii ‘Babylon’ – Mary Caruana
NOVICE: Miltonia guanabara – Jo Derham

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The Benching Bests of March

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) had their first benching competition in the Wishart Hall in March 2021, the first since March 2020 and the winning entries in the  competition are:

NOVICE SECTION

INTERMEDIATE SECTION

OPEN SECTION

See other monthly entries in our What’s Flowering in 2021 pages.

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The “Epi Centre” of a Virtual Voting Competition

Our March virtual voting competition included one phalaenopsis, burrageara, cymbidium, colmanara, LC, dendrobium and vanda; 3 oncidiums, 4 gongoras, 5 stanhopeas and 7 epi’s; making them the epi-centre of the competition!

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It’s been 12 months but we are pleased to announce | We’re Back!

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) is pleased to announce that we have been able to return to monthly meetings at the N.G. Wishart Hall, Moorabbin. Our first meeting was a trivia quiz night in February, and our second meeting was held on Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 – a year on from our last meeting in 2020. This time, SSOS members were allowed to bring their flowering orchids for judging. Hence, we have a March Meeting result:

Unanimous decisions by judges and members who all voted for:

OPEN: Cattleya Jungle Beau ‘Velvet Lip’ – Craig Trainor

View our 2021 monthly winners on our Popular Vote page.

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Ever heard of a Vanda, Burrageara or a Gongora?

Well, they are all orchids and they are all winners.

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) Committee has decided to continue the monthly members Virtual Voting competition for 2021. This enables members to show their flowering plants at their best, or if they are unable to bring them along to a meeting, such as too big, attached to trees, flowering display period is too narrow (i.e. Stanhopeas) or members who are not able to attend the monthly meeting.

The rules for this competition remain the same:

  • Each member is eligible to submit up to 5 currently-flowering plants for the specified time period and members can vote for the flowering orchid they like; similar to the in-house popular vote contest, but does not include the formal official Judges vote.
  • Members place one vote for their favourite in each of the three member categories OPEN, INTERMEDIATE and NOVICE.
  • The monthly virtual voting competition is located in the Members Only section of our website.

March Members virtual vote winners:

OPEN: Vanda hybrid ‘Pak Chong Blue’ – Herbert Aberl
INTERMEDIATE: Burrageara ‘Nelly Isler’ – Mary Caruana
NOVICE: Gongora Galeata – Maria Fraraccio

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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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