Three of the Best From Our February Contest

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society ran its members-only February virtual voting contest and as usual, there were lots of orchids to choose from. Below are the winners by member section.

Novice Section: Stanhopea tigrina [Grower:A Randle]
Intermediate Section: Burrageara ‘Nelly Isler’ [Grower: S Craven]
Open Section: Cattleya Jungle Bean ‘Velvet Lip’ [Grower: C Trainor]

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January Flowering Orchids

The first competition for 2022 was a member’s virtual voting competition. Members provided 48 wonderful flowering orchids which made for difficult decisions when voting. Here is an example of the wide variety shown in January.

Visit the January Flowering page to see all 48 entries.

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The Outstanding Stanhopea

Stanhopea orchids are also known as the ‘upside-down orchid’, as they flower from the bottom of a hanging basket. These beauties shown here, have had a wonderful time flowering in Melbourne this year. The humid conditions in a normally dry-heat summer climate in Melbourne has turned these into wonderful flowering beauties.

  • Here are thirteen stanhopeas which featured in our January 2022 virtual voting competition.
  • The Stanhopea nigroviolacea species orchid, as indicated above, is native to the eastern slopes of the Mexican plateau at 1200-2000 metres. It produces two or three massive flowers each up to 17cm across. The nigroviolacea is the heaviest of all orchid flowers and its powerful vanilla perfume would fill a room – or empty it, depending on your perfume predilection!
  • Stanhopea tigrina (as shown above), is another species, first discovered around Mexico and Guatemala in 1839. This flower is clearly distinct with dotted tiger stripes.
  • The Stanhopea Spindleriana is an orchid hybrid originated by Spindler in 1890. It is a crossing of Stanhopea oculata x and Stanhopea tigrina. It is considered a “primary hybrid”, because it is a cross between two species. Highly fragrant, its perfume is a heady mix between vanilla and marshmallow.
  • The Stanhopea oculata is an elegant species that occurs in mountain forests at 1000-3000 metre elevations at a long sequence from Mexico through central America to Brazil. Its leopard-like spotting is recognizable by the slender, bent hypochile, with a clear internal right-angle.
  • Bellarensis is a hybrid of Stanhopea oculata and Stanhopea insignis. Insignis is a Brazilian species, which shows two or three big fleshy flowers, to 14cm across; sometimes a positive yellow, with red-purple and; often described as having a scent similar to that of licorice. It first flowered in Kew (UK) in 1828.

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  • The descriptions provided above are from Barney Greer’s The Astonishing Stanhopeas: The Upside-down orchids. (Publ. Sydney 1998)
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January Virtual Vote Winners

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society’s first virtual voting competition for 2022, saw 48 entries submitted. 21 in Novice, 12 in Intermediate and 15 in Open Sections. But, we can only have three winners and the members selected:

Novice Section: Vanda Pakchong blue [Grower: Von Hayes]
Interediate Section: Miltoniopsis Breathless ‘Brilliant’ [Grower: S Craven]
Open Section: SLc Jewel Box ‘Dark Waters’ [Grower: E Kelly]

Well done!

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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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