Christmas Cheers

The Committee and members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society wish all of our followers a very merry Christmas during the festive season.

We look forward to enjoying face-to-face monthly meetings once again in 2022, starting with the first of these on Wednesday 2nd February, 2022. More information will be posted as we get closer to this date.

(Dendrobium softcane) Christmas Cheers to you all!

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Orchids

Some very interesting varieties of orchid species and hybrids are in flower in the southern suburban area of Melbourne, Victoria, known for its cool-growing plant environment. These exciting and exotic examples are flowering in December.

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Have You Heard d’ Gurdies is Our Great Prize?

The Gurdies Winery | Orchid CollectionYou can’t get anything better – orchids and wine, wine and orchids. And, that is what three Southern Suburbs Orchid Society members are going to receive for winning their section (Novice, Intermediate and Open) in the 2021 monthly Virtual Voting competition which ran from January – December 2021.

Operating on a points system basis; each month, members were allowed to submit up to 5 flowering orchids, for members to judge, which they thought looked the best. Each plant submitted earned one point. An extra point is awarded for a winning orchid.

  • The winners of each category will receive one bottle of very special wine from The Gurdies WineryThe Orchid Label‘ wines. The labels for this range feature an image of an Australian native orchid on each label- from the Cobra Greenhood (Pterostylis grandiflora) to the Flying Duck (Caleana major) Orchid.

The winners will be announced soon.

Get into nature, get into wine. Hop in the car and go for a drive
to the Gurdies
Makes for a great day out!

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December Dazzlers

If you thought that orchids would have finished flowering by December, think again. SSOS Club members provided 54 entries for our December virtual voting competition. Orchid clubs and societies seldom have flowering competitions in December, so there are some varieties which are perhaps new to us. However, this month’s winners are:

OPEN SECTION: Aeranthes ramosa [Grower: C&G Trainor]
INTERMEDIATE SECTION: Sarcochilus ‘Burgundy on Ice’ [Grower: M Caruana]
NOVICE SECTION: Dendrobium Densiflorum [Grower: V Hayes]

Congratulations to all!

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Coming To A Station Near You

No need to adjust those ‘rabbit ears’ on your set!

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) has come up with another ‘First’. SSOS is proud to announce that it has created its own Digital TV shows. On SSOS TV, you will be able to see the monthly virtual voting competitions, put together in a video format with a complimentary musical soundtrack.

  • They’re free to watch.
  • But, there is so much more to enjoy if you belong to a club where you can meet friendly and helpful, like-minded folk. If you live close by, perhaps you might like to come along to one of our meetings (scheduled to begin in February 2022).
  • Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the artistry of orchid growing by members of the SSOS.

Currently showing:
SSOS September Virtual Spring Show 2021

More content will be available soon. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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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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