Orchid show taster

If today’s wet weather put you off from venturing out, here’s a little photo teaser from the Tauranga Orchid Show to tempt you to visit tomorrow or Sunday – open 10am-4pm at Tauranga Racecourse, $3 entry (under-12 free). Champion plants will be chosen tomorrow.

The kokedama (Japanese moss ball) demonstrations at 11am and 2pm have proved popular and lots of happy buyers left with a kokedama orchid. See you there!

Cattleya Fire Magic ‘Solar Flare’ is grown by Diane Hintz of Te Puke. Photo: Sandra Simpson
This member of the Cattleya alliance, shown on the Whangarei Orchid Society stand, has large ‘puffball’ flower heads on long, thin canes. As tall as me! Photo: Sandra Simpson
Sarcochilus weinthalli, grown by Patricia Hutchins of Sunvale Orchids in Gisborne, is an Australian native species. Photo: Sandra Simpson
A Miltoniopsis (pansy orchid) displayed by Ninox Orchids, Whangarei. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Rhyncholaeliocattleya Village Chief North ‘Green Genius’ is grown by Lee and Roy Neale of Leroy Orchids, Auckland. Photo: Sandra Simpson

National Orchid Expo 2019

All my good intentions to post here during the Expo in Palmerston North last week were dashed when my little laptop went phut on day two! So here’s a round-up of the winning plants.

Displays came from as far afield as Canterbury and Whangarei orchid societies, speakers from Australia and flasks of seedling orchids from Taiwan and Thailand were for sale. The organisers did a marvellous job and some 2,600 people were reported to have visited the show over its three days.

Conrad Coenen (Tauranga Orchid Society) with his Cattleya intermedia variety orlata ‘Rio’, winner of two Champion rosettes. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Orchid Council of NZ awards for individual plants:

  • Champion Australasian native orchid: Dendrobium Jiggi, Bill Liddy (Hawkes Bay).
  • Champion Cattleya alliance & Champion specimen: Cattleya intermedia var. orlata ‘Rio’, Conrad Coenen (Tauranga).
  • Champion Cymbidium: Cym. Ace of Spies, Villa Orchids (Joe & Betty Vance, NZ Orchid Society).
  • Champion Dendrobium: Den. aphyllum, Barry Baxter (Waitakere).
  • Champion hybrid: Paphiopedilum Vogue Wonder ‘Shellnick’, grown by Chris Whitby (Hawkes Bay, but exhibiting on his own stand).
  • Champion miscellaneous genera: Lycaste Auburn, Conrad Coenen (Tauranga).
  • Champion Oncidiinae: Oncidium Golden Rialto, Leroy Orchids (Lee & Roy Neale, Waitakere).
  • Champion Paphiopedilum & Champion species: Phragmepidiumcaudatum ‘Jacqui’s Dream’, Thomas Petrie (Hawkes Bay but exhibiting on Chris Whitby’s commercial stand).
  • Champion Phalaenopsis alliance: Phal. Yu Pin Dream Girl, Gillian Lyster (Nelson).
  • Champion Pleione: Pln. Loulan ‘Elegance’, Graham Jackson (Manawatu).
  • Champion Pleurothallid alliance: Masdevallia Hot Shot ‘Tis Gorgeous’, Paul Topp (Wairoa).
  • Champion Sarcochilus: Sarc. falcatus ‘Ira Butler’, Janice Brown (Wellington).
  • Champion Vandaceous alliance: Aerangis fatuosa, Gillian Lyster (Nelson, a tiny plant).
Grand Champion of the show: Phragmepidium caudatum ‘Jacqui’s Dream’, grown by Thomas Petrie. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Thomas Petrie is only 33 and has been growing orchids for 15 years! He trained at Wellington Botanic Gardens. Read more about Thomas here. The same plant was the 2018 OCNZ Orchid of the Year so it has done well for Thomas.

Reserve champion: Paphiopedilum lowii ‘Katipo’ (Jason Strong, Hawkes Bay but exhibiting on Chris Whitby’s stand). Photo: Sandra Simpson

Display awards: Champion commercial display: Chris Whitby. Champion tabletop display: Nelson Orchid Society. Champion society display, small: NZ Paphiopedilum Alliance. Champion society display, large & Grand Champion display: Waitakere Orchid Society.

Tauranga’s Helen McDonald received a second placing for her table-top display, ‘Memories of Japan’. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Bill Liddy was presented with an Award of Honour for outstanding service to OCNZ, including his decade-long stewardship of the Iwitahi Native Orchid Reserve (on the Napier-Taupo highway), and Colin McKenzie of the Otago Orchid Club, which is in its final year of existence, received a Special Service Award. Colin joined not long after the club was formed in 1976 and has been president for many years. The club had the champion display the last time the Expo was held in Palmerston North (2010).

And don’t forget that the Tauranga Orchid Show is rapidly approaching – October 11-13 at the racecourse, open 10am-4pm daily.

2019 Waikato Orchid Society Winter Show

Good lot of flowering plants and visitors at yesterday’s winter show in Hamilton Gardens. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed seeing the plants!

Champion plant was Cattleya Chocolate Treats ‘Ross’ grown by Leroy Orchids (Lee and Roy Neale, Waitakere Orchid Society) which had a staggering nine stems in flower. This is a cold-growing plant (formerly Lc) that can bloom twice a year. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Reserve Champion was awarded to Dendrobium Jairak Blue Star, grown by Yvonne Tong of the Waikato Orchid Society. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Cattleya (formerly Slc) Fire Magic, exhibited by Alan and Cheryl Locke of the Waikato Orchid Society. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Vanda Heather’s World was grown by Glenn and Manee Poffley of the Howick Orchid Society. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Sophronitis cernua, a warm-growing orchid from Brazil, was shown by Conrad Coenen of the Tauranga Orchid Society. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Australian native orchid Dendrobium teretifolum var. auerum was grown by Spencer Hillmer of the Waikato Orchid Society. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Rechingerara Leroy’s Wonder ‘Magenta Magic’ was shown by Leroy Orchids. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Cymbidium Mad Pixie ‘Salinas Gift’ x Ben Singer ‘Geyserland’ was shown by Alan Napper of the host society. Photo: Sandra Simpson
This Stenorrhynchos speciosum ‘CH’ x sib, a terrestrial orchid from Mexico and Central America, was grown by Conrad Coenen. Photo: Sandra Simpson
Pterostylis Nodding Grace, another terrestrial orchid, was shown by Ninox Orchids of Whangarei. P. Nodding Grace is a hybrid of two Australian native greenhood orchids. Read more here. Photo: Sandra Simpson

BOP Orchid Show 2019

The Bay of Plenty Orchid Society’s annual show was held on Friday and Saturday. Champion plant (and an Orchid Council of NZ Award of Merit) went to Brascidostele Gilded Treasure ‘Mystic Maze’ grown by Jeanette Hewer of the Waikato Orchid Society.

Reserve champion was Miltonopsis Linda Lingle ‘Pink Cadillac’, grown by Leroy Orchids of Auckland (sadly, I don’t appear to have a photo of that plant, my error). Leroy Orchids’ display is, however, always eye-catching with its bursts of colour.

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Champion: Brascidostele Gilded Treasure ‘Mystic Maze’, grown by Jeanette Hewer. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Cattleya Lucy Chua, grown by Leroy Orchids of Auckland. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Cattleya Itsa Blue ‘Moonwalker’, displayed by Leroy Orchids. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Cattleya Mahuea ‘Lee’s Baby’, displayed by Leroy Orchids. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Something unusual from the show was an OCNZ Award of Distinction (AD) made to an orchid without a flower! Judges say this colour combination on the foliage is rarely seen and were impressed enough to make the award to grower Carl Christensen of Napier.

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Macodes petola is one of the ‘jewel’ orchids grown primarily for their foliage. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Carl also showed this Doritis pulcherrima with its delicate flowers. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Barry Curtis of the Tauranga Orchid Society brought along his Aliceara Sweetheart Jewel ‘Everglades’ that had long, swooping spikes of flowers. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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The eye-catching colour combination of Oncda. Volcano Hula Halau ‘Volcano Queen’, grown by Helen McDonald. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Miltonia Mayflower Maymour x Goodvale Moir ‘Golden Wonder, grown by Elizabeth Bailey’. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Paphiopedilum Wossner Rothperle, shown by Diane Hintz on the BOP display. Photo: Sandra Simpson
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Oncidium Irish Mist ‘Greenish’, shown by Ninox Orchids of Whangarei. Photo: Sandra Simpson

BOP Orchid Show 2018

Congratulations to Barry Curtis (Tauranga) and Bob Parsons (BOP) who respectively won the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion titles at the Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Show. Despite a somewhat difficult growing season – although not for everyone, clearly – there was a nice range of orchids to look at in the Te Puke War Memorial Hall last Friday and Saturday.

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Grand Champion plant: Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann ‘Buckleberry’ grown by Barry Curtis of the Tauranga Orchid Society. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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A closer look at one of the many dozens of flowers on the plant – and more buds were still forming! Photo: Sandra Simpson

Many people find Elizabeth Ann ‘Buckleberry’ easy to grow but difficult to flower. I didn’t run across Barry at the show to find out what his secret might be!

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Reserve Champion plant: Psychopsis papilio, grown by Bob Parsons of the Bay of Plenty Orchid Society. This plant, sometimes called the butterfly orchid, had about five blooms. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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A basket of Dendrobium cuthbertsonii was a winner for Pat Hutchins, owner of Sunvale Orchids in Gisborne and a member of the Tauranga society. These little orchids grow epiphytically at up to 3000m above sea level in New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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A delightful mini-Paphiopedilum displayed on the Bay of Plenty society’s stand. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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Paph Ruby Leopard x Marie Joyes, grown by Selwyn Hatrick of Rotorua. The pouch appeared almost black, much darker than the camera recorded. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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The striking Cattleya Gila Wilderness ‘Nippon Treasure’ belongs to Bob Parsons. He was given the plant by Andy Easton as that orchid grower and breeder made the move from Rotorua to Colombia. The label may also have a bit more name on the end, but it’s become very hard to read. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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Rhyncholaeliocattleya (Rlc)Village Chief North ‘Green Genius’ was shown by Leroy Orchids of Auckland. Do you like the green petals? Photo: Sandra Simpson

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Warczewiczella Amazon Beauty was shown on the Whangarei Orchid Society stand. As part of the name suggests, the plant is native to the Amazon basin. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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Masdevallia herradurae, or the horse-shoe Masdevallia, was shown by Diane Hintz on the BOP stand. Found in Colombia and Ecuador, this orchid grows at elevations of 500 to 2100m on mossy trees. Photo: Sandra Simpson

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Habenaria rhodocheila is a southeast Asian orchid that grows in deciduous forests. This plant with the striking orange flowers was shown on the Whangarei stand. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Read more about the care of Harbenaria orchids, which have tubers and so are terrestrial growing. The Pacific Bulb Society website includes a page on these orchids.

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The amazing flowers of Habenaria myriotricha, grown by Carl Christensen of Napier. (And thanks to the kind gent who held a black chair in the background while I took the photo.) Photo: Sandra Simpson

Orchid champions 2017

The Tauranga Orchid Show is proving a great success – so many people have said they’re smiling all the way round the Alice in Orchidland display, which is beautifully supported by displays from the BOP Orchid Society, Whangarei Orchid Society, Leroy Orchids and the BOP Bromeliad Group.

Last day tomorrow at Tauranga Racecourse from 10am-4pm, $3 entry.

The judges did their thing this morning and the results are …

Grand Champion: Cattleya jongheana grown by Helen McDonald. Photo: Sandra Simpson

Reserve Champion: Cattleya Tricky Michelle x Ctt Aussie Sunset, grown by Lee and Roy Neale of Auckland (Leroy Orchids). Photo: Sandra Simpson

Best Specimen Plant: Coelogyne cristata grown by Conrad Coenen of Apata. Conrad wins the new Natalie Simmonds Trophy, seen with the plant. 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