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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What’s Flowering in October

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month. Here are some examples of what we exhibited in our monthly competition for judging in October 2020.

Our October virtual vote highlights include:

 

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Who Said ‘Three’s a Crowd’?

I don’t know, but ‘three’s not a crowd’ in our competition.

Members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) were this month eligible to submit images of their currently flowering orchids and to vote for their favourite flower in each of our growers sections in our October Virtual Vote competition. Here are the winners:

  • Novice Section: Sarcochilus falcatus [Grower: J Derham]
  • Intermediate Section: Cymbidium Mary Green ‘Fruitful’ [Grower: M Caruana]
  • Open Section: Mary Green ‘Houston Street’ [Grower: H Formica]

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

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Oh What a Beauty and (such) a Delight

This beauty is Dendrobium ‘St Albans’ x Australian Rose Beauty ‘Pink Delight’.

  • This was the 1st Prize Winner of Intermediate Section at the recent SSOS inaugural Virtual Spring Show, September, 2020.

To view all entries in our Spring Show visit our Entrant Section pages

NOVICE | INTERMEDIATE | OPEN

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Aussie Artist Cleans Up Awards!

Yes it’s true, Australian Artist cleans up awards. Dendrobium Australian Artist, that is!

Australian Hybrid Champion
Novice Section Champion
Reserve Champion

Three major awards for this Australian Artist in the inaugural SSOS Virtual Spring Show in 2020.

To view all entries in our Spring Show visit our Entrant Section pages

NOVICE | INTERMEDIATE | OPEN

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