NEXT MEETING Tuesday 23 April 2002
starting promptly at 19h45 at Athenaeum, Newlands
Disas – the latest information by Mike Tibbs
As mentioned before, Mike has had a love and interest in Disas for many years and will (he assures me) join us this month to share the latest
cultural and hybridising information.
There will also be the usual raffle and the facility to sell plants at the Sales Table.
Sylvia Byren is recovering well after her short stay in hospital. We hope you will soon be stronger than before and feeling fit and healthy again.
Louis Vogelpoel recently received a Gold Medal from the South African Orchid Council for his outstanding contributions to orchidology. The COS would like to endorse
this and congratulate him on this very well deserved achievement…we are proud to say you are one of us!
We are sad to say farewell to Wally Shave who has spread his wings and flown off, with his family, to live in England. We wish him everything of the best.
After the AGM, Volkmar Schmidt discussed which plants he successfully grew and flowered under Cymbidium conditions. He has been able to have flowers all year round by careful
selection and cognizance of individual requirements. Be prepared to move plants seasonally to accommodate those that need a dry winter eg. Brassia varicosum or to protect developing buds or open
blooms. Some may flower all year round eg. Oncidium flexuosum but are at their showiest at Christmas time. Try growing Cattleya loddigesii under cooler rather than warmer conditions. Thank
you Volkmar for all the tips. One would need to have had a notebook and pen to help remember all the advice.
Thank you to Volkmar Schmidt, Vincent McKinnon and David Ronaasen for the donation of raffle plants for the evening.
At the AGM, Peter Vurgarellis expressed thanks to all the Committee Members for the past year and especially to Sylvia Byren as retiring Secretary after a LONG haul …7
years which have been a “pleasure and a privilege” to quote her.
COMMITTEE FOR 2002
Congratulations and thank you for making yourselves available as Committee Members. We wish you a successful and enjoyable year ahead.
Venue: Kirstenbosch but a different hall
The Show will be in the building of the original bookshop just above the Sanlam Hall where we usually hold our Shows. There will be access from the upper parking area as
well as from the gravel road behind as before.
Please be at Kirstenbosch on Wednesday 8 May with your plants for entry into the Show (from 11am until 6.30pm).
Judging will be on Thursday 9 May followed by the staging of the Show. Remember all those wonderful tips and encouragement you had from Margaret?
Well we hope to see you there!
The Show is open to the public from Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May.
The clearing up and after-party for the workers is from 5pm on Sunday 12 May. Please bring eats to share and your choice of drinks.
Ann Gray will be coordinating the Plant Sales Table. Please prepare and label your plants and bring them to the hall with an accompanying list. Contact Ann
ph.785-5568 for all the details and requirements.
Any form of greenery will be appreciated as well as Spanish moss, leaves etc. Contact Mike Byren ph 794-6439 with queries and offers to help in any way.
There will be duty rosters at the April meeting, so volunteer and ease the load.
Show schedules and entry forms will also be available at the April meeting
EUROPEAN ORCHID SHOW AND CONFERENCE – 2003
Dates: 13 – 16 March 2003
Venue: Vincent Square, Westminster, London.
Dr Henry Oakley, the Chairman, has provided us with registration and programme details. Contact the Secretary, Carol Potgieter for details (083-625-9170).
HAVE YOU MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR ORCHIDS?
What will happen to your collection when you die? For the continued health and survival of your plants, please make appropriate provisions. The COS has a draft codicil that
offers you the opportunity to allow the Society to deal with your collection in an appropriate way if the need arises. Contact the Secretary for details.
COMMENTS FROM THE PLANT TABLE
Manfred Waltner’s Paphiopedilum bellatulum x primulianum was a pale green with fine maroon stippling. A nice looking hybrid with leaves reminiscent of
Paphiopedilum malipoense. Manfred’s other Paphiopedilum henryanum is one of the newer discovered species that is now being used in hybridising. Its spots appear to be dominant.
Frans & Bes Gous’ Masdevallia Pariatoriana ‘Darling’ was beautifully grown in a wet bed.
The 3 perfumed blooms for the evening were Dendrochilum magnum with its drooping “tails” of strong yellow flowers from Eric Harley; Eria fragrans also with a pendulous spike of small,
whitish flowers from Frans and Bes Gous and Volkmar Schmidt’s Zygopetalum Artur Elle. There are quite a lot of new Zygopetalum intergeneric hybrids now available that give different colours
The van der Hovens brought 2 Stenoglottis fimbriatas, one from the Eastern Cape and the other from Eastern Transvaal. The Eastern Transvaal one was a much smaller and paler coloured flower than its
relative from the Eastern Cape that was more like the colour and size we are used to seeing. Only those with sharp eyes or a hand lens were able to fully appreciate their Lepanthes calodictyon with
its tiny flowers resting on top of the beautifully ruffle-edged round leaves. It enjoys cool growing conditions. The Platystele species from Ecuador was like a tiny orange “dot” to those without
the assistance of a hand lens.
Thank you to Hendrik and Ellie van der Hoven who commented on the plants.
Dendrobium-phalaenopsis Kiekie Belle
Phalaenopsis Loice Ochrall x Leudo Pulchza
Phalaenopsis Loice Ochrall x Leudo Pulchza
Sophrolaeliocattleya Tangerine Jewel
Frans & Bes Gous
Cattleya Little Seagull
Laeliocattleya Mary Elizabeth Bohn ‘Royal Flare’
Masdevallia Pariatoriana ‘Darling’
Cattleya Adelaide ‘Silver’
Brassocattleya Languedoc x Singapore Welcome
Laeliocattleya Angel Love ‘Laina’
Vuylstekeara Mary Kavanagh ‘Deep Purple’
Zygopetalum Artur Elle
Odontocidium First Snow x Oncidium maculatum
Hendrik & Ellie van der Hoven
Stenoglottis fimbriata (x2)
Phragmipedium Andean Fire
Brenda and Peter Vurgarellis
Paphiopedilum bellatulum x primulianum
Plants of the Evening
1st Comparettia ignea from Volkmar Schmidt
2nd Paphiopedilum bellatulum x primulianum from Manfred Waltner
3rd Encyclia vitellina from Frans & Bes Gous
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