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SEPTEMBER 2005
COS NEWSLETTER

NEXT MEETING
Tuesday 27 September 2005 starting promptly at 19h45 at Athenaeum, Newlands


AGENDA

A CRUSH ON CATTLEYAS

This is a slide programme compiled by Ann Duckworth which will be presented by Bes Gous. The programme is sure to appeal to the Cattleya lover, be they species or hybrids and bound to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the beautiful genus. Bes is training to be a SAOC judge, has a wealth of cultural knowledge and is well on her way to becoming very informed in many of the aspects of the orchid world.

There will be a Plant Table and Raffle and also the Members’ Plant Sales Table, so come prepared.


MEMBER NEWS
At our August meeting we heard of the death of a former Member, Doreen Barnwell. We extend our condolences to her family and friends.
Trevor Frost, who had been ill for a number of months, unfortunately died on 11 September. Trevor helped with the COS and SAOC websites and was always proud of the orchids he grew, with no special shade house, in his garden in Meadowridge. We extend our condolences to his family and friends as well.
Chris van Heerden, in Robertson, is recovering from a knee operation and we hope he is a lot more mobile and comfortable.
Happy birthday to Michael Weir who will be celebrating his birthday on 15 September. Early October greetings go to Andrew Pease (3), Gerry Walden (4), Cliff Ravens and Volkmar Schmidt (11) and Vincent McKinnon (12).
We have two members who reach the big 50. Happy birthday to Eberhard Gersie for the 22 September and Else Hall for the 11 October. Congratulations and enjoy your special day!


AUGUST MEETING
If you were not at our August meeting you missed a real treat. Gavin McDonald presented lots of food for thought on what to choose to grow in your collection depending on your preferences, be it colour, size, specimen plants, fragrance or just because the plants have attractive leaves. There were loads of cultural tips and unexpected gems of information. We enjoyed seeing and hearing from you, Gavin. Thank you.
There were a 8 plants to be won on the raffle and the winners were Bill Phillips, Mike Byren, Mr Nauta, Eric Harley, Bes Gous, Volkmar Schmidt, Alex Andersen and Jonathan Dennis. Our thanks to those who donated plants as well as those who bought tickets to win. If it wasn’t you this time, maybe your lucky day will be next month.


SHOW AT GROOT CONSTANTIA
As I reported last month, we had a very good show with lots of enthusiasm and help. The plant sales had more than R44 000.00 turnover which is a wonderful reflection of the support we had from you. The total profit for our show was just less than R7 000.00 which is very encouraging. We will be investigating the possibility of using this venue again.


CONGRATULATIONS ARE DUE
Johan Bruwer was recently granted the Orchid of the Year trophy for his plant Cymbidium Last Tango. Congratulations for a most spectacularly grown plant.


CAPE JUDGING REGION
The next meeting is scheduled for 8 October 2005.
Please contact Ellie van der Hoven for all the details ph. 790 2433 (a/h).
Please also let her know if you will be attending the meeting.
Sheila Smith, the local Award Registrar of Judges, can be contacted on 558 5820 if you have a plant for award judging.


BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Remember this is in 2007 when we will be celebrating by hosting an International Show and Conference in September of that year. Start saving and keep the appropriate dates in your diary free.


COMMENTS FROM THE PLANT TABLE
Frans and Bes Gous’ Microcoelia exilis was a well-deserved winner for the evening. It is a leafless orchid where the roots take on the role of photosynthesis. A very well grown plant that according to the judges looked like spaghetti bolognaise. Their Satyrium erectum was a good form and darker pink than usual. It is grown in sand and compost and given lots of light. The Dendrobium fairfaxii has terete leaves and can withstand high light conditions. The flowers are borne right at the end of very long and pendulous spikes. Frans & Bes’ Rhyncolaelia glauca had a wonderful firm substance and a gorgeous scent. These plants can withstand very bright light conditions. Their natural habitat is the southern Mexican desert where they grow on exposed cactii. These plants were classified as Brassavola.

Eric Harley grows his Oerstedella centradenia in a hollowed out cork oak log which stands on its own…very innovative and attractive. These plants do not like winter rain and do like a little winter warmth. His Laeliocattleaya Trick or Treat was a real treat! It just gets better and better each year. Well done.

Johnnie Kloppers’ Thrixspermum is a micro plant and micro flower with a daytime perfume. This genus is quite widespread from the Himalayas and India to the Philippines and the islands of the S.W.Pacific. The species are usually grown mounted.

George Leyland had a great specimen plant of Dendrochilum glumaceum. It had about 25 spikes! For even spike distribution around a specimen plant, remember to give the pot a quarter turn each day.

Gerry Walden really excelled with a beautiful display of 18 spikes on her Ludisia discolor. It grows in a tray on her semi-enclosed veranda in Observatory.


PLANT TABLE  - August 2005
Thank you to Gavin McDonald, Mike Byren and Bes Gous who commented on the plants brought for display.

Alex Andersen
Renanthera Brookie Chandler ‘Scarlett’ x storei

Frans & Bes Gous
Microcoelia exilis
Disa sagitallis
Satyrium erectum
Dendrobium fairfaxii
Rhyncolaelia glauca

Eric Harley
Oerstedella centradenia
Laeliocattleya
Trick or Treat
Sophrolaeliocattleya Jewel Box ‘Dark Waters’

Johnnie Kloppers
Thrixspermum formosanum
Doritaenopsis (
King Shiang ‘Beauty x New Cinderella) x ( King Shiang “Rose” x formosa ‘Rose’)

George Leyland
Dendrochilum glumaceum
Coelogyne cristata

Gerry Walden
Ludisia discolor


Plant of the Evening
1st  Dendrochilum wenzelii from Jacques Jefthas
2nd Odontocidium Dark Charmer from Percy Olfsen
3rd Paphiopedilum Golden Desire from Ann Gray

Memberís Choice
Ludisia discolor
from Gerry Walden and chosen by Fakier Moosa


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CAPE ORCHID SOCIETY
P O Box 3347, Cape Town 8000, South Africa 
 
President: Hendrik van der Hoven  Tel 021-790 2443
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Vice-President
: Michael Tibbs  Tel. 072 446 6272
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Secretary:
Susan Olfsen Tel.
855 5701
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Treasurer: Jacques Jefthas Tel. 021-511 4508
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Librarian:
Percy Olfsen, Tel. 855 5701
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Newsletter editor: Wendy Gersie Tel 021-712 8721
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Show Chairman: Tony Jarvis, Tel. 783 4004
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Members
:
Jonathan Dennis, Tel. 952 4570
E-mail:
Margaret James, Tel. 713 1376
E-mail:
Gerry Walden, Tel. 021-447-3850
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COS Website: http://www.capeorchidsociety.co.za/     Ů

Start planning now for the
SAOC National Conference
and Show in Nelspruit
in September 2006.


It will be hosted by the Lowveld Orchid Group and The Cape Orchid Society will be staging a display and will need your plants AND attendance if at all possible. Think about it, groom your plants and see you there!