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March  2002

NEXT MEETING  Tuesday  26  March  2002
Starting promptly at 19h45 at Athenaeum,  Newlands


2. What can grow under Cymbidium conditions?
y Volkmar Schmidt.
Volkmar has a wide range of genera in his collection, many of which are suited to the same conditions that Cymbidiums enjoy. He will be sharing his successes with you. 

There will also be the usual raffle and the facility to sell plants at the Sales Table.  

We extend a warm welcome to a new Member, Steve Drake of Newlands.

There is a string of birthdays this month. Wishes go to Karsten Wodrich (17), Anne Dietrich (21), Mike Gallagher (23), Ashley Braver (28) and a very special day for Louis Vogelpoel on 26th March when he celebrates his 80th birthday. Congratulations to all of you, but I’m sure you all join me in special wishes for Louis.

We extend condolences to the families and friends of two of our past Members who died recently. They were John Sadler and John Minnet. John Minnet was the import manager on the Committee for many years and sadly died recently at the age of 93. John Sadler, also a past Member of the COS Committee, had not been well for quite some time before he died.

There are a variety of departure dates for those traveling to the World Show in Malaysia, so I will take the opportunity in this newsletter to wish you all a wonderful, safe trip and we hope to hear of your experiences on your return.

How does one build a display at our Show? I believe that Margaret went a long way in providing the answer to this question. She proved to many Members that it does not take very many plants to produce a stunning visual display and that one doesn’t need a removal truck to transport whatever props are required.  Simplicity and planning are the keys to success. Thank you Margaret for sharing your thoughts, ideas and years of experience from ‘mossie’ to ‘maestro’ in creating the displays at our Shows.

Even if you don’t have plants of your own to display, plan the backdrop, bring the “bones” and use the plants that have been entered for judging. That’s what those who usually stage the Show do, so lighten their load by filling some space with your ideas. See you at Kirstenbosch in May!   

If your subscriptions are still outstanding, please make every effort to pay as we will soon be updating our mailing list and would not like you to miss out on all the news. 

Nominations are required for all Committee Members. Of the existing Committee Members,  Sylvia Byren is not available for nomination as Secretary but is available as a Committee Member and Bill Phillips is not available for nomination as Librarian.

TYGERBERG ORCHID GROUP -  AUTUMN SHOW at Tygervalley Shopping Centre

Thursday 11 April 2002   : 10h00 – 13h00 entry of plants

Open to the public          : Friday 12 April 2002 (09h00 – 19h00)

                                     : Saturday 13 April 2002 ( 09h00 – 17h00)

                                     : Sunday 14 April 2002 ( 09h00 – 13h00) 

This will be on the weekend of 16 and 17 March at the stone cottages. 

This is an advance notice. Our Society meeting in September will fall on a Public holiday and the Committee has decided that it will be a good opportunity to replace the meeting with an outing to the Darling wild Flower Show and the Duckitt Nursery’s Annual Orchid Show in Darling. We plan to arrange shared transport and hope to have a picnic lunch in between enjoying the orchids and other floral beauties on display in the veld and the hall. If you have any thoughts and ideas communicate them to one of the Committee Members. More details will be available closer to the time.  

THINGS TO DO IN GAUTENG – correction of dates
The African Orchid Seminar  is on Saturday 30 November 2002 in Silverton, Pretoria.
The Paphiopedilum Seminar is planned for July 2004.

It was nice to see Frans and Bes Gous’ Brassia gireoudiana, one of the parents of Brassia Rex. Their Paphiopedilum Pizar (concolor x delenatii) was superb featuring the best attributes from each of its parents. Really beautiful colours were evident in their Otaara Jane Fumiya ‘Hawaii’ AM/AOS ( deep purple) and  Brassolaeliocattleya Royal Emperor ‘Wade’ AM/AOS (pumpkin).

Jacques Jefthas’ Gomesa crispa  was looking spectacular with a mass of spikes.

Volkmar Schmidt had his Gongora galeata growing in a bowl, but because the species resemble Stanhopeas, it was thought that it was possible that some spikes may have been stunted and a basket may be the preferable choice as a growing container. Leon commented that Andy Easton says that there are an enormous number of Brassavola nodosa hybrids being made in America for the potplant market. There is a colour illustration of Volkmar’s Anneliesia candida, which is also known as Miltonia candida, in The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species by Bechtel,Cribb & Launert.

Masdevallia Darling Beauty x Confetti ‘Oudepost’ from Brenda Vurgarellis was an example of survival in the heatwave under which we have all been suffering. It was a wonderful display of about 6 flowers. Remember, Peter and Brenda’s plants live under “garden conditions” in Claremont.

Manfred Waltner treated us to Polystachya galeata – one of the largest in the genus and comes from Uganda, as well as Polystachya stuhlmannii , one of the smallest. Pol. galeata was an interesting green with stripes.

Manfred’s Paphiopedilum dianthum was a super plant with multiple flowers and there were no more rude comments about its orientation once we plebs learnt that its inflorescence is naturally horizontal to suberect! Philip Cribb in his book The Genus Paphiopedilum informs us that it grows on ledges or in cracks in the rock or cliff face in its natural habitat in south-west China. It is closely allied to Paphiopedilum parishii. There is a lot more interesting information on this and other Paphiopedilums  in this book, so borrow it from our library if you don’t have your own copy.

If you enjoy splash-petals, Vic Baber’s Dendrobium-phalaenopsis Sonia, the Gous’ Laeliocattleya Hawaiian Fantasy ‘Dora’ x Cattleya Lulu Raspberry ‘Sundae’ or Jacques Jefthas and Volkmar Schmidt’s Brassolaeliocattleya Toshie Aokie ‘Pizazz’ AM/AOS may be ones you want to acquire.    

A big thank you to Leon Davies for his comments on the plant table and to everyone who brought plants.

Vic Baber
Dendrobium-phalaenopsis Caesar 4n
Dendrobium-phalaenopsis Miss Snow-White
Dendrobium-phalaenopsis Sonia

Clif Eva
Cattleya Phylipe

Frans & Bes Gous
Brassia gireoudiana
Longiscott ‘Hihimanu’
Brassolaeliocattleya Royal Emperor ‘Wade’ AM/AOS
Laeliocattleya Hawaiian Fantasy ‘Dora’ x Cattleya Lulu Raspberry ‘Sundae’
Paphiopedilum Pizar
Otaara Jane Fumiye ‘Hawaii’ AM/AOS

Jacques Jefthas
Gomesa crispa
Theodora Westenberger
Brassolaeliocattleya Toshie Aoki ‘Pizazz’ AM/AOS/HOS

Volkmar Schmidt
Anneliesia candida
Brassavola flagellaris
Brassavola nodosa
Gongora galeata
Phairot x Korbfah
Ascocenda John de Biase
Brassolaeliocattleya Toshie Aokie ‘Pizazz’ AM/AOS 

Brenda Vurgarellis
Masdevallia Darling Beauty x Confetti ‘ Oudepost’ 

Manfred Waltner
Polystachya galeata
Polystachya stuhlmannii
Paphiopedilum dianthum
Aerangis mystacidii
Phaius francoisii

Plants of the Evening

1st Paphiopedilum Pizar from Frans and Bes Gous

2nd Otaara Jane Fumiye ‘Hawaii’ AM/AOS also from Frans and Bes Gous

3rd Polystachya galeata from Manfred Waltner

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