Sarc’ It To Me Again!

November is sarcochilus flowering time in Victoria. At the recent Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) virtual voting competition, members from three grower categories: Novice, Intermediate and Open submitted a collection of beautiful hybrids and species.

  • The plants and flowers were of such a great standing, it is hard to work out which grower’s category each was shown in.

Check these photos and see if you can decide which category they were submitted.

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What’s Flowering in November

If you thought that orchids would have finished flowering by November, think again. Eighteen SSOS Club members provided 76 entries for our November virtual voting competition. Although it is a typical time of year for sarcochilus to flower, members still managed to provide a variety of orchids for the competition.

There were 28 entries in NOVICE, 18 in INTERMEDIATE and 30 entries in OPEN CATEGORY and two members put together two colourful mini displays one with masdevallias, the other sarcochilus blooms.

Here are some of the entries. To see all 76 entries go to our What’s Flowering – November 2021 page.

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November Stunners

If you thought that orchids would have finished flowering by November, think again. Eighteen SSOS Club members provided 76 entries for our November virtual voting competition. Although it is a typical time of year for sarcochilus to flower, members still managed to provide a variety of orchids for the competition.

Clearly it was difficult for members to agree on the winner in two of the three categories, so the tied winners get equal points. The winners are:

OPEN CATEGORY: Dracula navarroorum ‘Vic'[Grower: C Trainor]

INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY: Tied first – Sarc Sunny ‘Sunny Days’ x Amber ‘Daffodil’ [Grower: M Caruana] and Sarc Firey Glow Hot x Fitzhart Ruby [Grower: S Craven]

NOVICE CATEGORY: Tied first – both grown by M Fraraccio. Masdevallia Partizan ‘November Stunner’ and Sarc hartmanii ‘Oro Puro’ x Washington.

  • Well done to the winners (and all entrants) in the November 2021 members Virtual Vote Competition.

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What’s Flowering in October

Members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) held their October Virtual Voting Competition. Overall their were 72 entries submitted by members. There were 19 entries in the Open, 18 in intermediate and Novice Section had the most entries – 35, making it hard for members to vote for their favourite orchid.

Here is a sample of the variety on show in October.

Open Section

Intermediate Section

Novice Section

See the full set of entries for October in the What’s Flowering month by month section on this website.

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Orch-Tober Virtual Vote Winners

Members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) held their October Virtual Voting Competition. Overall there were 72 entries submitted by members. There were 19 entries in the Open Section, 18 in Intermediate and the Novice Section had the most entries – 35, making it hard for members to vote for their favourite orchid.

And the winners are:

NOVICE: Tie between Dockrillia linguiformis and Sarcochilus falcatus [both grown by: J Derham]
INTERMEDIATE: Cym Gone West ‘Hatfield’ x Vogelsang ‘Eastbourne’ [Grower: S Craven]
OPEN: Cym Winter Fire ‘Frosty Tips’ [Grower: T Liston]

Congratulations to all winners and all members who entered!

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Another first for Southern Suburbs

The only good thing about Lockdown 6.0 in Melbourne is that it has given members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) an opportunity to create and photograph a virtual display stand of their orchids in their own homes, as part of the 2021 Annual Spring Show.

  • 72% of the members who entered SSOS’s second Virtual Spring Show, put together their display stands for fellow members to vote for the stand they thought was the best. It was a difficult decision, as the quality of the displays were excellent, but unfortunately there can only be three prizes awarded: First, Second and Third Place. So the winners are…

 

First Prize: Display Stand J – C. Trainor

Second Prize: Display Stand G – A&J Randle

Third Prize: Display Stand K – J Derham

CONGRATULATIONS ALL!

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What’s Flowering in August

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society members submitted 68 entries into the August Virtual Voting competition. Here are some examples of the entries, so that you get an idea of what is flowering in late Winter in and around inner southern Melbourne.

For a full list of the August entries, visit our What’s Flowering in August page.

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Our (Respected + Impressive) = August Winners

  • The August Member’s Virtual Voting Competition saw 68 entries over the three member sections and the winners this month are:

NOVICE:  Cymbidium Green[Grower: J Derham]
INTERMEDIATE: Oncidium Midnight Miracle Mask [Grower: L Bunning]
OPEN: Lc Blue angel ‘Executive’ [Grower: E Kelly]

Well done everyone!

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Wednesday Night Winners

Members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) met on Wednesday night, 7th July. Many interesting flowering orchids were benched and judged. Here are some of the winners from the competition.

Well done everyone!

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What’s in a Name?

Once upon a time an orchid club put on a virtual show which had a cast of wonderful orchids with some exotic and magical names, no doubt with many stories to tell, such as:

  • A modern day ‘take’ on an old ‘panto’ classic. How about: Snowflake and the Seven Orchids starring Doris, Vanda, Peggy Foo, Green Goblin, Sleepy Sarah, Aztec Tony and Hot Lips.
  • Or, a revamped children’s classic – Goldiana and the three Jennifer’s (Sarah Jean Jennifer’s) one in each club section, where one might seem too big, or too small and another might seem ‘just right’ .
  • Here, we have a Lavender Kiss happening between Uluru Dave and Hilda Rockstar.
  • And, what would Winston Churchill really think of the Pink Panther and Colmanara’s Jungle Monarch?
  • Interesting names. Interesting flowers. What stories they could tell.

View the full set of 59 entries in the July Virtual Voting competition in the SSOS What’s Flowering in July 2021 page.

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