22 OCTOBER 2002
starting promptly at 19h45 at Athenaeum, Newlands (Cape Town).
SPRING ORCHIDS IN SPAIN
By Hendrik van der Hoven
Hendrik visited Spain last year when he was able to experience a European spring and the floral beauty that goes hand in hand with it at that time of the year. He has agreed to talk to us about the
orchids that he saw and photographed.
Remember the raffle and the facility to sell plants at the Sales Table.
We were sad to hear that Eddie Eveleigh died on 8 October. Eddie had been involved in orchids for many years as well as having a great love for and interest in parrots.
The “bird project” at Pollsmoor prison was very close to his heart. He made a great contribution to the parrot breeding programme to support the project, as well as giving hours of his time to provide
help and advice as it was needed. We send our condolences to his wife, Lynette as well as the rest of his family and friends.
We also extend our condolences to Carol Potgieter whose father also died on 8 October.
Happy birthday to Volkmar Schmidt, Else Hall and Cliff Raven who all celebrate on the 11th October as well as to Vincent McKinnon (12), David Ronaasen (19), Virginia Schmidt (26), Sheila Smith and Frans
Gous both on the 28th and Vic Baber(30).
Harold Koopowitz presented a fascinating and well-illustrated talk on the Jewel orchids. These orchids are terrestrial with no tubers and have veined leaves that glisten in the light. They grow in deep
shade on the forest floor in the tropical forests of the Old and New World. In cultivation they require cool, moist air and low light…under the benches near an evaporative cooler would be a good spot.
Harold advised sinking the pots into coarse gravel, but be very diligent in slug control as these plants are high on the ‘favourites’ list. A good potting mix is 60% pumice chips (split pea size), 10%
peat moss, 10% fine vermiculite, 10% rock wool (granulated) and 10% leaf mould.
One of the photographers for the Orchid Digest, James Comstock, also passed on tips to obtain the best results in orchid photography. He chooses a black velvet backdrop and direct lighting from a number
of different angles to eliminate any possibility of shadows. The results that he achieves are clean and sharp with a 3-D effect. James’ choice of film would be Fuji provia or Fuji velvia professional if
blues and purples predominate.
We were most fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear from these two speakers and extend a very big thank you to both of them.
ORCHID DIGEST NEWS
With Harold at our meeting, he encouraged Members to subscribe to this excellent magazine. Application forms are available from our library or from Carol Potgieter (contact details below). Submit your
application without delay and pay the pre-increase rate of US$31.00 p.a. (4 issues).
CAPE JUDGING REGION
If you wish to attend the Cape Judging Region meeting, please remember to notify the host in advance. The up-coming dates are:
|Saturday 19 October 2002
14h30 – 17h00
Host: Ellie van der Hoven
New Paphiopedilum species and their influence on hybrids
Venue: 35 Nooitgedacht Drive, Hout Bay Tel. no. 021- 790 2433 (a/h)
||Saturday 16 November 2002
14h30 – 17h00
Host: Louis Vogelpoel
Approach to judging unknown species
Venue: 7 Sunnybrae Road, Rondebosch
Tel. no.021 - 686 8098
COS SPRING SHOW
For those who will receive this via e-mail, this will reach
you in time to act as a reminder of the Show dates and times and to PLEASE contact Anton Hoffman
(083 325 7832) with any queries, offers of help etc.
|Wednesday 16 October
||Plant Entries for Judging
Thursday 17 October
|Judging and Staging of Show
|Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October
||Show open to the Public
Ann Gray may be contacted ( ph.785 5568) for any queries
related to the Members’ Plant Sales Table.
See you there!.
Your annual subscription account is either included with this newsletter or will be posted to you if you are on e-mail.
If at all possible, please renew by the November meeting so that the Membership list can be finalised for the SAOC by the end of December 2002.
The AGM will be held in Magoebaskloof on Saturday 26 October 2002. Nominations have been received for the three retiring Directors –
L.Davies, T.Edwards and G.Short as well as for Michael Tibbs and Stan Wedge. No election for Directors will be necessary as there are fewer nominations than vacancies. Proxy Forms for the AGM can be
obtained from the Secretary or directly from the SAOC at tel/fax 021 794 6439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Separate proxy forms are to be submitted by each Member wishing to appoint a proxy.
DISA ORCHID SOCIETY
The plan for the next few months is to track the species as they open in nature. Please contact the Chairman Brett Young (ph 685 3673) or
Secretary Jenny Ryan (ph 761 4927) for the up to date plans.
NOTES FOR YOUR DIARY
- 1st African Orchid Seminar will be in Pretoria on 30 November 2002. It will include 8 – 10 lectures, a display of African orchids, orchid sales and an evening
social function. All queries should be directed to Roger Dixon at email@example.com or ph. 082 4575174.
- SAOC National Conference and Show will be in Pietermaritzburg from 26 – 28 September 2003. The theme is Carte Blanche in Africa.
COMMENTS FROM THE PLANT TABLE
Pauline and Vincent McKinnon’s Laelia flava ‘Bakro’s Pride’ was the best clone ever seen by our visitor Marc Hachadourian. It was a well grown plant with 10 spikes. Pauline and
Vincent’s Laelia lundii was also, in his opinion, one of the best seen and had potential to be considered for an AOS cultural Award.
As a visitor, it was a special treat for Marc to see Louis Vogelpoel’s Satyrium Johanna Augustyn which had 2 lovely spikes.
Sysser Waspe’s Sophrolaelia Little Red Seagull was a beautiful example of the cross and very well grown.
Manfred Waltner’s Stenorrhynchus speciosum was a seedling from Louis Vogelpoel. It was a spectacular show with tomato red/pink flowers and lovely foliage.
PLANT TABLE August
Thank you to our visitor from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, Marc Hachadourian, who gave a fascinating commentary on the plants. We need to hear that others can be
excited and impressed by our displays and Members’ achievements!
ottoniana ‘Sean’ CCE/SAOC
Angel Frost ‘Highlander’
Gretchen Motto Mother
nobile var. virginalis ‘Snowdrop’
Sarie le Roux
September Song x Laeliocattleya Trick or Treat ‘Orange Magic’
Brassolaeliocattleya Love sound ‘Dogashima’
Brassolaeliocattleya Rolf Altenburg Floralia x Laeliocattleya Drumbeat ‘Heritage’
Pauline & Vincent McKinnon
Top Move ‘Vivienne’
intermedia x self ‘Pintada do tenente’
Little Red Seagull
( Malibu Elf ‘Oudepost’ x Little Fly ‘Oudepost’)
Plant of the Evening
Laelia flava ‘Bakro’s Pride’ AND Laelia lundii both from Pauline & Vincent McKinnon
Satyrium Johanna Augustyn from Louis Vogelpoel
Sophrolaelia Little Red Seagull from Sysser Waspe
chose Stenorrhynchus speciosum from Manfred Waltner.
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Secretary: Carol Potgieter Tel
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