Epidendrum (Encyclias) ‘Ciliare’ [Grower: E Kelly]
Epi Red [Grower: L Bunning]
Epi ‘Purple Queen’ [Grower: L Bunning]
Epi Pink [Grower: L Bunning]
Epi ‘Orange Flame’ [Grower: L Bunning]
Epi Red [Grower: J Derham]
Epi Purple [Grower: J Derham]
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!
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:
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:
Vanda hybrid ‘Pak Chong Blue’ [Grower: H Aberl]
Burrageara ‘Nelly Isler’ [Grower: M Caruana]
Gongora galeata [Grower: M Fraraccio]
OPEN: Vanda hybrid ‘Pak Chong Blue’ – Herbert Aberl
INTERMEDIATE: Burrageara ‘Nelly Isler’ – Mary Caruana
NOVICE: Gongora Galeata – Maria Fraraccio
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’.
Stanhopea Tigrina [Grower: A&J Randle]
Stanhopea tigrina [Grower: H Formica]
Stanhopea tigrina [Grower: C Scerri]
Stanhopea ‘Tigrina x Oculata’ [Grower: E Kelly]
Stanhopea tigrina var nigroviolacea [Grower: C Scerri]
Stanhopea spindleriana [Grower: H Formica]
Stanhopea spindleriana [Grower: T Liston]
Stanhopea [Grower: V Hayes]
Stanhopea nigroviolacea [Grower: E Kelly]
Stanhopea nigroviolacea ‘Bentleigh’ [Grower: H Aberl]
Stanhopea hybrid Gregerana x Inadora [Grower: H Aberl]
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.
Stanhopea hybrid Gregerana x Inadora [Grower: H Aberl]
Epidendrum white [Grower: J Derham]
Phalaenopsis Unknown [Grower: M Caruana]
Gongara Galeata [Grower: L Bunning]
Oncidium ‘Pretty Flamingo’ [Grower: M Caruana]
Lc Little Dipper x Lc Jungle Elf [Grower: E Kelly]
Promenaea Golden Embers x stapelioides [Grower:C Scerri]
View all entries on our February competition page.
The winners of our Members Only February Virtual Voting Competition are:
Gongora galeata [Grower: T Liston]
Laelia Cattleya Mauve [Grower: J Summers]
Dendrobium densiflorum [Grower: V Hayes]
Epidendrum Comet Valley ‘Orange’ [Grower: J Derham]
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]
Cymbidium Vogels Magic ‘Waikanae’ Champagne Robin [Grower: A&J Randle]
Brassia Verrucosa [Grower: C Scerri]
Oncidium Banf Bicton Field [Grower: M Fraraccio]
Phalaenopsis [Unknown] [Grower: T Hill]
Dendrobium Gerald McCraith [Grower: E Kelly]
Dendrochilum Filiforme [Grower: S Craven]
D. Nobile ‘Cooksonii’ [Grower: J Derham]
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.