Tauranga’s best orchids

I feel totally orchid-ed out after three show days and a set-up day, so as the final word here are the prizewinning blooms. Enjoy (and, in my case, be envious … one day!).

Champion bloom – Cattleya Itsa Blue ‘Blue Moon’ grown by Lee and Roy Neale of Auckland. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Reserve champion – Aerangis hyaloides, a miniature orchid from Madagascar, grown by Helen McDonald of Tauranga. Not only is this orchid tiny, it is all white and difficult to photograph! Photo: Sandra Simpson

Three Orchid Council of New Zealand awards were also made, based on a points system as scored by the day’s judges.

Paphiopedilum Pavarotti, grown by Elizabeth Bailey of Tauranga. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Cattleya Dreamcatcher, grown by Helen McDonald of Tauranga. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Epidendrum (Rose Valley x Pacific Punchbowl) ‘Big Smile’, grown by Lee and Roy Neale of Auckland. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Lee and Roy breed their own short-stemmed Epidendrum orchids. Read more about that here.