Winter Orchid Show

Judging by the number of bags of orchids being carried out from the Waikato Orchid Show on July 24, people have been missing their orchid shows! Here are a few photos from the event.

Grand champion bloom was Paphiopedilum Norito Hasegawa ‘Papa Aroha’, grown by Chris Whitby of Hawke’s Bay. Papa Aroha Orchids was a New Zealand business operating in the Coromandel. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Reserve Champion was Paph. roschilidianum #2, grown by Jason Strong of Hawke’s Bay, who had five of these plants in the show, each one slightly different to the other. Photo: Sandra Simpson
The eye-catching Rhyncattleanth Young-Min Orange ‘Golden Satisfaction’ was shown by Ninox Orchids of Whangarei. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Another stunner from Ninox was this miniature Phalaenopsis, Mini Mark ‘Holm’. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Cymbidium Richard Tucker x On the Beach ‘Spot You’ won Colin Stephens first place in the section for for first flowering of a seedling. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Bulbophyllum tigridum was shown by Anjo McKernan. Native to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, this small plant had two fan-shaped flowers on it. Photo: Sandra Simpson
This unusual apricot-coloured Dendrobium is (Richard’s Glory x Graham Banks) x speciosum and was shown by Pat Kenny of the WOS. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Cattleya Kiwi Beauty was shown by Ross Tucker of Auckland and was registered by him with the RHS in 2014. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Cymbidium Ace of Spies, a plant New Zealand-born Andy Easton registered in 2016, was shown by Jane Napper. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Waikato Orchid Show

Popped over to the Waikato Orchid Show yesterday which was the main part of the Plant, Garden & Orchid Extravaganza at Hamilton Gardens. The gardens were heaving with people on a beautiful sunny Sunday and a Scarecrow festival to boot – great to see families, often of three generations, enjoying the beautiful surrounds.

Here’s a selection of orchids at the show (I heard from a reliable source that only 1 point separated the Champion and Reserve champion – an amazing couple of plants).

Grand Champion was (deep breath) Vanda Sankamphaeng Chao Phaya x Patcharee Delight grown by Laura Meijer. The flower was much darker than this, far more purple in it – unfortunately, Vandas rarely photograph true to colour. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Reserve champion was this eye-popping Lycaste Shugakuin grown by Bill Pepperill, which was a mass of flowers (and this isn’t all of them). Photo: Sandra Simpson

Champion novice bloom was Cymbidium Bulbarrow ‘Tepus’ grown by Colin Stephens. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Champion cattleya was Epidendrum Pacific Tiki Punch x Pacific Padre grown by Leroy Orchids of west Auckland. Photo: Sandra Simpson

The pretty little Sarchochilus orchids are coming into full bloom right now. This is Karen Ann, grown by M Timm, and First in its class. As well as the sparkling white flowers, it also has red stipples on the flower stems. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Also known as the leopard orchid, Ansellia gigantea is native to tropical and southern Africa. Not many African orchids are seen at shows. The plant, owned by Ron Reeves, was Second in its class. Photo: Sandra Simpson