Some SSOS Members Flowering Orchids in Late March

Due to the recent cancellation of monthly meetings caused by the COVID-19 restrictions, Southern Suburbs Orchid Society will continue to provide you with some enjoyment by sharing images of our members beautiful flowering plants. Further details relating to these changes and restrictions were outlined in a previous post.

Here are some members orchids currently in flower.

 Stay calm and grow orchids!

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Important Message from the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society

Dear members and followers,

Please note that the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society has decided to cancel its monthly meetings until further notification.

As you are all aware, the COVID-19 Corona virus has seriously impacted the Victorian community and there are a number of actions we all need to take to try to stem this pandemic in our own region; as well as comply with all the government’s health regulations.  While the regulations are changing every day, we have received notification from our local council that the hall used for our monthly meetings is closed until further notice.

  • The SSOS Committee has been receiving regular advice from OSCOV and many other Clubs and Societies have also cancelled their meetings until further notice.
  • The Committee’s decision is also based on advice received from government bodies including Local, State and Federal and also from the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria regarding the conduct of meetings and the potential health implications of these in relation to the COVID-19 virus.

We will continue to provide you with some enjoyment by sharing images of our members beautiful flowering plants on a regular basis. Members will still receive our regular  monthly newsletters.

Meanwhile – Stay calm and grow orchids!

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What’s On in 2020 | Southern Suburbs Orchid Society

The Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except January) at the: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy,
Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Find out What’s On in 2020.

If you are interested in attending, keep these dates and events in your diary/calendar to avoid disappointment.

Monthly Members Meetings: (held |1st Wednesday of each month 8.00 pm (early session 7.30 pm) – (except January).

 *N.B. Other social events to be confirmed and members will be notified via newsletter and at the monthly members meetings.

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Learning All About Good Plant Nutrition

Welcome to the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) members meeting for March 2020.

  • Presenter: Elena Stiles Trainee Judge and SSOS and Orchid Species Society of Victoria clubs member.
  • Topic: Basics of Good Plant Nutrition and making your plants grow well

When:  Wednesday 4th March, 2020 – 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.

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

Early session: Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

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

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Which is the grander Vanda?

The Judges Vote | The Popular Vote

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging. There are three sections in which members can enter the competition which include: Novice | Intermediate | Open

  • SSOS allows its members to vote for their favourite plant on show at each monthly meeting as well.

On most occasions, what the “people” like is vastly different to what the Judges like, but occasionally everyone agrees!

February 2020 Results are:

 

Our February meeting is the first meeting for 2020. There was a delightful and varied range of flowering orchids on display but the Vanda’s made the greatest impression. The Judges voted for Vanda Somsri ‘Thai Spot’ but the members chose Vanda Mahakkaphongs as their favourite.

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What’s Flowering in February

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 2020.

Our February benching highlights include:

February is our first competition for the year. This is not the time of year for Cymbidiums, but a wide variety of orchids are in flower including many Stanhopeas, some Vandas, a Liparis coelogynoides and a Coelogyne speciosa incarta.

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Category Winners from SSOS Spring Show | September 2019

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) Spring Show was held in September 2019. The following major award and trophy winners by category include:

  • Champion Orchid of Show (SSOS Award), Champion Paphiopedilum Hybrid Award (Kevin Johnson Artwork Perpetual Trophy) and Champion Orchid by an Open Grower Award to B & M Larkin for Paphiopedilum Norito Hasegawa
  • Reserve Champion of Show (OSCOV Medal) and Champion Any Other Hybrid Award to S & M Early for Clowesetum Brown’s Delight ‘Margaret’
  • Champion Australian Native Species (Jerry Schaack Perpetual Trophy) to B & L Bunning for Dendrobium speciosum
  • Champion Australian Native Hybrid (ANOS Medal) to C & G Trainor for dendrobium Australian Artist
  • Champion Laeliinae Alliance (Vic Pearce Memorial Perpetual Trophy) to  C & G Trainor for Cattleya Jillian Lee ‘Southern Red’
  • Champion Cymbidium (Cymbidium Orchid Society Plaque) to C & A Scerri for Cymbidium Paradisian Ruby Cascades
  • Champion Seedling Flowering for the First Time to C & A Scerri for Cymbidium Kimberly Flame x Kimberly Valley
  • Champion Masdevallia Hybrid and Champion Orchid by an Intermediate grower to T & E Stiles for Masdevallia Tuakau Candy
  • Champion Any Other Species to S & M Early for Cattleya intermdedia v orlata Crownfox
  • Champion Specimen Orchid to S &  Early for Cattleya coccinea
  • Champion Orchid by a Novice Grower to P & H Jeffrey for Cymbidium lowianum grandiflorum lowi
  • Champion Displays of Show Large stand 1st Prize – C & G Trainor
  • Champion Displays of Show Miniature stand 1st Prize – T & E Stiles

Further photos from our Spring Show 2019 are available.

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A Narrative on Natives | Tips for Cool-Growing Native Orchids

Welcome back to all our members and prospective members of Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS). Our first presentation for 2020 is coming soon.

  • Presenter: Our first guest speaker for 2020 is David Cannon, a director of the Australian Orchid Foundation and current President of the Maroondah Orchid Society.
  • Topic: How to grow cool-growing Australian native orchids, such as dendrobiums, sarcochilus and cymbidiums.

When:  Wednesday 5th February, 2020 – 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.

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

Early session: Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m. and focus on growing and flowering Masdevallias.

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

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Advance Notification for First SSOS Members Meeting | February 2020

Welcome back to all our members and prospective members of Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS). Our first presentation for 2020 is coming soon.

When:  Wednesday 5th February, 2020 – 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: Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

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

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Southern Suburbs Orchid Society | Find Out More About Us

Membership to the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) provides great value. During the year, there are 10 Members Meetings which include knowledgeable guest speakers, opportunities to show off your flowering orchids, win raffle prizes and purchase plants to add to your growing collections.

  • The night starts at 7.30 p.m. with ‘The Early Session’ for members.
  • The main meeting begins at 8.00 p.m.
  • Features include an invited guest speaker, talking on advanced Orchid culture.
  • A flowering competition is held at each meeting. with members bringing in their flowering plants to exhibit.
  • Presentation of bench winners is the last part of the meeting.
  • At the conclusion of the meeting members and visitors enjoy light refreshments.

Learn more About Us from our Vision, Mission Values and Objectives pages.

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