A Big Day Out

We went by bus
Or drove our car,
For a trip to Geelong
is not very far.

We saw, we spent,
We lunched, we admired,
And a few more orchids
We all acquired.

This year it was Geelong Orchid & Indoor Plant Club’s turn to host the annual Victorian Country Club challenge. This splendid event is held around the country regions of Victoria each July and showcases a wide variety of orchid varieties which can be grown and flowered in a mid-winter.

Many thanks to the host club for their great efforts and to all those who helped feed the hungry hordes and the many vendors who brought along their sales plants. No one left empty-handed, for we all know that there is indeed always room for ‘one more orchid‘!

Here are some highlights

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Are You Suffering from Orchidelerium?

Orchidelerium – Is this the inbuilt swoon of a sensation one experiences when they review their recent acquisitions? A name for the precursor of what is to become a person’s hobby-cum-obsession, or something that spans back over the millennia which has helped provide fascination, myths and focus in the arts. Find out what our club member Maria has unearthed in her research on orchidaceae and the arts.

  • Speaker: Maria Fraraccio – Orchidelerium: Orchids in Myth, Literature and Film

When:  Wednesday 4th July, 2018 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included. Feel free to ‘bring a plate’.

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

Early session: This is run by our erstwhile Show Marshal Bob Harrison. Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

  • For regular members – Don’t forget to bring along your seedlings for the monthly recall Sarc. Elise ‘Babylon’ x Fitzhart ‘Sunset’ and Cymbidium erythraeum

Visitors and interested guests are always welcome, so remember to bring a friend – bring many!

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Aloha Winners

The results from the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) Popular Vote and Judges Vote from our June meeting are:

Judges Vote: Oncidium sotoanum and Popular Vote: Paphiopedilum Dramatic Chantal ”Aloha

Other monthly winners can be viewed on our 2018 Judges vs People page.

  • Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th July, 2018 – 8.00 p.m. start at the  N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Early session: This is run by our erstwhile Show Marshal Bob Harrison. Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

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Orchid of the Month | Paphiopedilum

Paphiopedilums also known as ‘Slipper Orchids‘ are members of the sub-family Cypripedioidae, which comprises four main genera:

  • Cypripedium (terrestrial orchids from Asia, Japan, Europe and North America),
  • Selenipedium (terrestrial orchids from Central and South America),
  • Phragmipedium (from South America) and;
  • Paphiopedilum (throughout Asia)

All of these genera have the characteristic ‘pouch’ or ‘ladies slipper’ and a column structure that differs from other orchids. Generally, only two of the above genera are commonly cultivated in Victoria. They are the Phragmipedium, which we see fairly frequently, and of course the Paphiopedilum. The first paphiopedilum (or cypripedium, as they were then known) introduced into English glasshouses (in 1819) was Paphiopedilum venustum. Many new species were introduced to cultivation in the famous plant-hunting times later in the 1800s.

Learn more about these orchids and their culture on our Paphiopedilum Orchid Care page.

See more images in our Paphiopedilum photo gallery.

  • For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership enquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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All Sorts and All Ways

Our guest speaker for the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) June 2018 meeting is Michael Coker, who is the current President of the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV) and the North East Melbourne Orchid Society (NEMOS). In 2014 he was the recipient of the Gerald McCraith Award, Victorian Species of the Year, sponsored by Orchid Species Society of Victoria (OSSV) for his Habenaria medusa ‘Gem’ (HCC/CBM).

  • Michael Coker will talk about ‘Growing a mixed collection from cool to hot growing orchid varieties’ and provide some insight into different ways of growing them in our cooler south-eastern climate.
  • He has an impressive collection of orchids spanning over 160 genera from paphiopedilums, terrestrials and other genera grown in pots or on boards and mounts.

On Friday 16 February 2018 at 6:30 pm, ABC Gardening Australia broadcast an enchanting episode entitled My Garden Path: The Cokers which featured both Michael and his father Julian Coker, who explained why they are so passionate about orchids. (Run time: 07:31 mins).

  • Don’t miss this important presentation at SSOS. You will be surprised with how much you do not know about orchids and orchid culture.

When:  Wednesday 6th June, 2018 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included. Feel free to ‘bring a plate’.

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

Early session: This is run by our erstwhile Show Marshal Bob Harrison. Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

  • For regular members – Don’t forget to bring along your seedlings for the monthly recall Sarc. Elise ‘Babylon’ x Fitzhart ‘Sunset’ and Cymbid. erythraeum

Visitors and interested guests are always welcome, so remember to bring a friend – bring many!

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Cool-Growing Orchids for the South East Area of Melbourne

Here is a list of orchids that SSOS club members have found to be cool growing in our local conditions surrounding the south-eastern suburban area close to Moorabbin where SSOS meet. Most of these are easily grown and most importantly – easily flowered.

For further tips and ideas, on how to care for Cool Growing Orchids for the South-East area of Melbourne, why not come along to our next Monthly Meeting:

Next meeting | Wednesday 6th June, 2018 at 8.00 pm (Early session 7.30 pm)

  • Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin

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Orchid of the Month | Oncidiums

Oncidiums or ‘Dancing Lady‘ orchids are orchids of the Americas; their habitats ranging from Florida south to Argentina.  The Oncidium is a very diverse genus with over 400 species that grow at altitudes between sea level and 4000 m. In his article: ‘Oncidiums and Their Cultivation‘, OSCOV article contributor Dieter Weise provides some tips on potting or repotting oncidiums.

Learn more about these orchids and their culture on our Oncidium Orchid Care page.

See more images in our Oncidium photo gallery.

  • For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership enquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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SSOS Autumn Show Winners

On Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) celebrated a special calendar event – The Annual Autumn Show (2018). During the evening, members enjoyed a wide selection of finger food and light refreshments whilst the judges awarded prizes and category champions. The Winners are:

Champion of the Show | Cattleya Dal’s Choice
Reserve Champion of the Show | Cattleya Portiata ‘Mez’
Champion Orchid – Open Section | Cattleya Dal’s Choice
Champion Orchid – Intermediate Section | Oncidium Sweet Sugar
Champion Orchid – Novice Section | Vanda somsri Gold x Vanda Kulwadee Fragrance
Champion Orchid – Any Other Hybrid | Zygopetalum Titanic ‘Victoria’
Champion Orchid – Any Other Species | Stenoglottis longifolia
Champion Specimen Orchid | Stenoglottis longifolia
Champion Australian Native Hybrid | Sarchochilus Velvet x Snowhart
Champion Cymbidium | Cymbidium dayanum
Champion Laeliinae Alliance| Cattleya Dal’s Choice
Champion Masdevallia | Dracula Walissii
Champion Seedling Flowering for the First Time | SLC Precious Jewel ‘Red Chester’ x Ara

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Day Trippers | Sunday Trippers Yeah

On Sunday, 22nd April members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) visited the Central Park Conservatory in Malvern which is home to John Varigos‘ orchid collections.

The Conservatory, with its elegantly curved steel frame imported from Europe, was constructed in 1927; and is one of the oldest conservatories in Victoria. On our guided tour, Varigos explained how he began his collection back in 1977, when he received his first orchid.

  • His collection comprises over 600 species orchids from around the world, including Asia, Central America, South America, Madagascar and Australia.

SSOS Members were also privy to a fellow orchid fanatic’s collection that has taken over the southern side of the Conservatory. This collection includes: Vandas, Ludisia discolour, dendrochilum tenellum and agraecum sesquipedale to name but a few.

  • Thank you John Varigos for this great opportunity to visit your collection at the Conservatory and as for our verdict: “It took us not very long to find out, and we found out” (how great your collection is).

Day trippers yeah!

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Thinking of Orchids for Mother’s Day Presents? | We Can Help You Out

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society Club LogoThe Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) together with Bay Road Nursery (Sandringham) have joined forces yet again to not only show visitors our wonderful flowering orchids; but also provide you with expert advice and help with answers to some of your vexing questions relating to orchid care.

Bay Road Nursery logoIn our 6th year of collaboration, SSOS and Bay Road Nursery are joining forces to provide you with some simple and helpful tips which will help you to select, purchase, maintain and enjoy the love of growing orchids. For example:

  • You will discover the many varieties of orchids which you can easily grow in Melbourne’s cool-temperate climate.
  • Learn tips and techniques from experienced members to improve how you grow and care for your orchids; and
  • Help identify and rectify pressure points which may affect your existing collection.

Come along and listen to experienced SSOS members who will provide expert advice and encourage orchid growers to gain confidence and enthusiasm for the continued promotion and development of the orchidaceae species within Victoria.

Want to know more about this free and exciting event?

When: Saturday 5th May, 2018

Where:
Bay Road Nursery

112-114 Bay Road
Sandringham 3191
ph: (03) 9521 0197

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