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Who Said You Can’t Grow Stanhopeas in a Cool Climate?

Originating from the Americas, Stanhopeas (AKA ‘The Upside Down’ orchid) grow in tropical climates from Tropic of Cancer through the Equatorial regions and down to the Tropic of Capricorn. They are also known to grow well in sub-Tropical areas of … Continue reading

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55 Displays in the Making

Without sounding like the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ song our February competition had 55 entries and within this there were 14 Stanhopeas, 9 Epidendrums, 5 Phalaenopsis, 4 Gongoras, 3 Oncidiums, 2 LaeliaCattleyas and an unusual Promenaea. View all entries on … Continue reading

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February favourites | As voted by our members

The winners of our Members Only February Virtual Voting Competition are: OPEN: Gongora galeata [Grower: T Liston] INTERMEDIATE: Laelia Cattleya Mauve [Grower: J Summers] NOVICE: Two-way tie between Dendrobium densiflorum [Grower: V Hayes] and Epidendrum Comet Valley ‘Orange’ [Grower: J … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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… … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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