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MARCH 2006

28 March 2006 at 19h45
                Athenaeum, Newlands


Annual General Meeting

followed by
Floral Kingdom of the Cape Flats
By Jeanette Petersen

Jeanette Petersen will be speaking on the plants and flowers of the Cape Flats with particular emphasis on the orchids that can be found if you only knew where. Come and support a local enthusiast who will undoubtedly have much to tell and teach us about the distribution of indigenous orchids right on our doorstep.

There will be a Plant Table, Plant Sales Table and Raffle so come prepared. If you are bringing plants or orchid related items for sale at the plant sales table, please remember to bring a list of your sales items and the price and that 10% of your sales will be deducted for COS funds. Please speak to Jonathan Dennis if you have any queries ( 952 4570)

Welcome to new Members Mr & Mrs Leonard from Sybrand Park, Mr Norman Mearns from Hout Bay and Miss Kathy Rowan from Bergvliet. Enjoy the new friends, interaction and the beautiful orchids.
Happy Birthday greetings in March go to Bill Phillips (8) and Jonathan Dennis (6) and early April wishes to Frieda Duckitt (2) and Hazel Sutherland (3).
Please notify Susan Olfsen if you have a change of address - residential or email.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the interactive meeting with the SAOC Judges, Mike Byren, Mike Tibbs and Ellie van der Hoven. There seems to always be something more one can learn about the judging process at shows and for awards. Our thanks to the Judges for their participation. Please give me feedback on the programmes - it is not always easy to come up with fresh new ideas and your input would be appreciated.
Thank you to Marriane and Thomas Ellis, Volkmar Schmidt and Mike Tibbs for plant donations to the raffle. Winners this evening were Vic Baber, George Leyland, Lyndall Pease and Gerry Walden.

At a recent farewell/retirement from committee function at the Natal Orchid Society, Carmen Coll was awarded the prestigious and coveted American Orchid Society Achievement Award for her 37 years of growing and promoting orchidology. Carmen is only the 19th person to receive this award and as far as can be ascertained, only the 5th non-American to receive this honour. This was probably the best kept secret in town! Carmen was apparently quite overcome and lost for words. Most will agree with the words of Lee Cooke, Executive Director of the AOS who stated that "If Carmen has touched you, she made your life better". She sends her thanks for the card that many of you signed from the COS Members.

Congratulations to Frans & Bes Gous whose plant Aerangis punctata received a Certificate of Botanical Recognition at the February meeting. The flowers were a lovely salmon colour and last about 3 days. The plant has huge breeding potential.
The April judging meeting will be on 8 April at 2.30pm at the home of Sheila Smith, 9 Leerdam Street, Bothasig. Her telephone number is 558 5820. The topic for the afternoon will be stepping-stones in Cattleya and Dendrobium breeding. Please confirm with Sheila if you will be attending the meeting and also contact her if you have a plant for award judging.

Plans are well on the way! If anyone would like to sponsor a trophy or has a contact for a company which would be interested, please contact Mike Tibbs. He has commissioned Ardmore Ceramic Art to make the trophies. If you are interested, sponsorship is R1 500.00 each.

There are still a few Members who have not yet paid their subs. Please contact Jacques or Susan as soon as possible.

The dates for our Show are 16 to 18 June 2006 at the Cloete Cellar, Groot Constantia.
More details later but please make a note of these dates.
Remember we will be staging a show at the 13th SAOC National Conference and Show in White River from 4 to 10 September 2006 so will need your plants then as well. Have you registered and made your plans to go? Wessel Strydom may be able to arrange reduced flight costs so contact him on 082 5321416 if you are interested. He needs a total of at least 10 people to leave Cape Town together.

Vic Baber’s Laeliocattleya Mari’s Song ‘Cth217’ HCC/AOS was a first flowering for him. It was a peloric but had disappointingly very bunched flowers. Percy Olfsen’s Phalaenopsis Golden Peoker ‘BL’ was a jester or harlequin type phalaenopsis. Remember that the spotting is heat sensitive and so the spotted markings will be more prominent if the plant is grown in warmer conditions and flowers during the summer months. Percy’s Brassolaeliocattleya Mem. Ralph Placentia ‘Toreador’ was a stunning purple flower with a yellow and purple lip that measured 17cm across. It has a strong daytime fragrance. It is usual for it to only have a single flower although it may develop a 2nd flower on occasions. Volkmar Schmidt’s Vanda Hertziana (V.coerulea x suavis) was a white flower with blue/purple spotting from V.suavis. It was a beautifully grown plant with all its leaves and not like so many Vandas here in CT that lose their lower leaves and begin to look like palm trees. Volkmar’s Catasetum fimbriatum was also well grown - remember that these plants are deciduous. Hendrik & Ellie van der Hoven’s Disperis fanniniae had a lovely eco-system growing with it in the pot - lovely to see this flower even though it was on the small side.

PLANT TABLE  - February 2005
Use this monthly list as a reference to the flowering season of specific orchids and also to contact the grower if you have the same or similar plant that is maybe not doing so well for you.

Vic Baber

Laeliocattleya Mari’s Song ‘Cth 217’ HCC/AOS

Lc. Jungle Elf x Blc. Waianae Leopard

Lc. Bonanza Queen ‘Panamint’ x Sc. Beaufort ‘Luna Rousse’

Frans & Bes Gous

Aerangis punctata

Jacques Jefthas

Brassolaeliocattleya Oconee x Toshie Aoki ‘Lorene’

Laeliocattleya Wrigley

Percy & Susan Olfsen

Angraecum Lemford White Beauty

Phalaenopsis Golden Peoker ‘BL’

Hawkinsara Toddler ‘Little Gem’

Hknsa Koolau Sunset ‘Hawaii’

Brassolaeliocattleya Mem. Ralph Placentia ‘Toreador’

Volkmar Schmidt

Mystacidium capense

Dendrochilum magnum

Catasetum fimbriatum

Vanda roeblingiana

V. Hertziana

Laeliocattleya Angel love ‘Laina’

Potinara Hoku Gem ‘Freckles’

Mike Tibbs

Paphiopedilum Conco-bellatullum x Psyche

Hendrik & Ellie van der Hoven

Disperis fanniniae

Michael Weir

Paphiopedilum callosum (2 plants)

Plant of the Evening
1st  Blc. Mem. Ralph Placentia ‘Toreador’ from Percy & Susan Olfsen
2ndAerangis punctata from Frans & Bes Gous
3rdHawkinsara Koolau Sunset ‘Hawaii’ from Percy & Susan Olfsen

Most Difficult to Grow
Disperis fanniniae From Hendrik & Ellie van der Hoven

Member’s Choice
Angraecum Lemforde White Beauty from Percy & Susan Olfsen, chosen by new member, Kathy Rowan

If you are travelling and in the area, pop in to the following shows or plan your holiday/business trips to coincide with these events if you can.

7/8 April East Rand Orchid Society Show Edenvale Community Centre
10/14 May Orchid Society of Northern Transvaal Autumn Show  
13/14 May Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society Autumn Show  
24/28 May Witwatersrand Orchid Society Autumn Show  
16/18 June Cape Orchid Society Show Cloete Cellar, Groot Constantia
6/8 July Alfred County Orchid Society Show Methodist Church, Margate
29Aug/2 Sept Tygerberg Orchid Group Spring Show Bellville Civic Centre
4/10 Sept 13th SAOC Conference and Show White River
6/8 Oct Pietermaritzburg Orchid Society Garden Show  
27/29 Oct Orchid Society of Northern Transvaal Spring Show Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria

Mike Tibbs’ orchid nursery Exotic Plant Company officially opened to the public on 10 March 2006. Trading hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. There are Paphiopedilums, Phalaenopsis, Disas and African orchids on sale with many more arriving on a regular basis.
Visit the website at or Tel. No. 021 869 8644.
Mike gave us directions at the meeting so here they are as I recorded them (my apologies for any minor inaccuracies like spelling):
Turn left off the N1 onto R44 to Wellington continue and then take the Windmeul Wynkelder turnoff (Voorpaardeberg Road) , travel 9.2km when you will pass the Woodhill Racing Stud on the right. Turn right immediately after this and travel another 3.2km to reach Exotic Plant Company on your right.

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P O Box 3347, Cape Town 8000, South Africa 
NPO (Tax Exemption) Number: 930009225 ?

President: Hendrik van der Hoven  Tel 021-790 2443

: Michael Tibbs  Tel. 072 446 6272

Susan Olfsen Tel.
855 5701

Treasurer: Jacques Jefthas Tel. 021-511 4508
Percy Olfsen, Tel. 855 5701

Newsletter editor: Wendy Gersie Tel 021-712 8721
Show Chairman: Tony Jarvis, Tel. 783 4004
Jonathan Dennis, Tel. 952 4570
Margaret James, Tel. 713 1376
Gerry Walden, Tel. 021-447-3850

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