Apologies for not getting this posted sooner but I found myself exhausted after two half-days at the Te Puke Orchid Show – obviously, not getting any younger!
Despite a strange growing season – very hot and very humid for a long period – there was a nice display from both Bay of Plenty and Tauranga orchid societies, plus displays from commercial growers.
The champion orchid was last year’s reserve champion, so well done to Carl Christensen of Napier.
The plant also received an award from the national Orchid Council and Lee Neale was delegated to count the flowers!
Reserve champion went to Thomas Brown of Whangarei with his delicately coloured Ascocenda orchid.
With orchid enthusiasts visiting from Auckland, Taranaki, Whakatane and Hamilton, the show was a great place for good advice! For your enjoyment, here are some of the beauties that were in the displays.