Meet the Three Amigos | The Three People’s Choice Winners

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) recently conducted its inaugural Virtual Spring Show, due to Covid-19 restrictions in the Melbourne metropolitan area. OSCOV accredited judges awarded sashes to a variety of winning member exhibits.

  • At the same time, SSOS members conducted their own voting competition within the Spring Show exhibits. The winners get a People’ Choice sash.

Uno, dos, tres – the winners for each Division (Open, Intermediate and Novice) are:

People’s Choice – Open Section
Dendrobium linguiforme [Grower: Craig Trainor]

People’s Choice – Intermediate
Cym Kiwi Midnight ‘Geyserland’ [Grower: S Nash]

People’s Choice Novice
Cym Plush Red Canyon ‘Red Eye’ [Grower: M Fraraccio]

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

NOVICE | INTERMEDIATE | OPEN

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It’s Awesome!

Awesome Show | Awesome Judging | Awesome Winners

During these unprecedented times during the Covid-19 lock-downs and restrictions, the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) decided to create a unique Annual Spring Show with a difference. For the first time in Victoria, and possibly in Australia, SSOS went ahead and created a 2020 inaugural Virtual Spring Show which is viewable now on our 2020 Virtual Spring Show Champions page.

Members from SSOS submitted more than 100 plants for judging by an accredited panel of judges from the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV). The judges awarded First and Second Prizes to entries from our three Club member sections NOVICE, INTERMEDIATE and OPEN.

  • From these, they short-listed and agreed upon overall champion winners within showing categories such as Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum, Australian Native Hybrids and more.
  • To choose an overall winner, they reviewed the Champions from each category and section and decided upon the overall Champion of the Show and Reserve Champion. What a competition!

The Grand Champion of our Show
(Open Section Champion, Champion Cymbidium)
Cymbidium Valley Splash ‘Awesome’ [Grower: Chris Scerri]

Reserve Champion
(Novice Section Champion and Australian Hybrid Champion)
Dendrobium ‘Australian Artist’ [Grower: Jo Derham]

To view all entries visit our 2020 Virtual Spring Show page
and don’t forget to visit our Entrant Category pages:

NOVICE | INTERMEDIATE | OPEN

 

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Who Will Win?

Normally the third weekend in September is the SSOS Annual Spring Show but due to Covid-19 restrictions relating to public gatherings during Melbourne’s Stage 4 lock-down, SSOS Spring Show has gone Virtual. If you were used to seeing our flowering plants on display at the Wishart Hall you will be able to view them soon on our website.

  • Our members have submitted over 100 flowering orchids to be judged by OSCOV international/national accredited judges, who are judging their first virtual Spring Show in Victoria and possibly in Australia.

Plenty of awards and champion sashes are to be awarded over 18 categories, including Champion Cymbidium, Champion Paphiopedilum, Champion sashes for Novice, Intermediate and Open grower categories and Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of the Virtual Show.

Real judges
Real sashes
Real competition

WHO WILL WIN?

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What’s Flowering in August

Due to continuing restrictions on club meetings through Covid-19 distancing advice, Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) has embarked on a special Virtual Voting competition for all financial members.

  • Our August Virtual Voting Competition produced 57 entries submitted by 14 Club growers. The winner of this month’s competition was Oncostele Midnight Miracles ‘Massai Red’ [Grower: C Trainor]. Here are our August flowering orchids.

Our August benching highlights include:

For full list of flowering orchids visit our What’s Growing in August 2020 page.

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Winner of the August Members Virtual Voting Competition

Please Note: Due to continuing restrictions on Club Meetings through Covid-19 distancing advice, SSOS has embarked on a special Virtual Voting competition for all financial members. Each member is eligible to submit up to five 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.

  • Here is the winner of our August 2020 Virtual Vote Competition:

Oncostele Midnight Miracles 'Massai Red', south east Melbourne, Melbourne, orchid clubs, orchid societies, OSCOV, orchid photos, orchid care, orchid pictures, orchid images, orchid shows, orchid newsletters, orchids on Facebook, orchids of Twitter, Moorabbin, Bentleigh, Brighton, Hampton, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Bayside Council, Bayside district, Kingston, Bayside Melbourne, SE Suburbs, Parkdale, Mordialloc, Carnegie, Cheltenham, McKinnon, Highett, Oakleigh, Clarinda, Heatherton, Clayton, Dingley, Elsternwick, Caulfield, Ormond, Glenhuntley, Murrumbeena,

Oncostele Midnight Miracles ‘Massai Red’ [Grower: C Trainor]

The winner of our August 2020 Members Virtual Voting competition was Oncostele Midnight Miracles ‘Massai Red’| [Growers: C&G Trainor]

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The Etiology of the Fragrant Coelogyne

Coelogynes  or Angel Orchids range over more than 100 species and can be found in India, southern China, the Philippines, Vietnam and down the Malay peninsula through the Indonesian islands through Borneo and New Guinea. They are mostly found growing epiphytically on trees in their natural habitat, but some are lithophytes which grow on rocks. Pseudobulbs are always present and in some species attain large dimensions. The flowers are produced  singly or in pairs of threes or in long multi-florous racemes.

Typically fragrant, the small to large blooms are often produced in large numbers on well grown specimens and vary in colour from white to brown, yellow or green and often have intricate mottlings or blotchings of yellow, brown, orange or almost black on the lip. (Cook, Terry. “Growing Orchids in Australia,” Golden Press, Silverwater, NSW, 1989).

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

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Orchids

This photo gallery has some examples of the many varieties of orchids our members grow and show at either our monthly meetings; inter-club contests; State Shows or at our Annual Spring Show.

  • See our other photo gallery pages for:

Cattleyas and Laelias | Coelogynes | Cymbidiums | Dendrobiums | Masdevallias | Oncidiums | Paphiopedilums | Phalaenopsis | Pleiones | Pterostylis | Sarcochilus | Stanhopeas | Zygopetalums | Other Genera

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What’s Flowering in July

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.

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Winner of the July Members Virtual Vote Competition

Please Note: Due to continuing restrictions on Club Meetings through Covid-19 distancing advice, SSOS has embarked on a special Virtual Voting competition for all financial members. Each member is eligible to submit a currently-flowering plant 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.

Here is the winner of our July 2020 Virtual Vote Competition:

The winner of our July 2020 Members Virtual Voting competition was Fredclarkeara ‘After Dark’ | [Growers: M&S Early]

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What’s Flowering in June

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.

  • Examples from our June Virtual Voting competition can be viewed from this link.

To view all entries in this competition please visit this link.

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