Spring Show 2015

02 November 2015

The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club presented its Spring Orchid Show at the Scout Hall, Bega, from 10-11 September. Australian Native orchids are at their best at this time of year, and there were many wonderful plants on display, including many fine examples of Dendrobium speciosum (the rock lily) and a lovely selection of terrestrial orchids which rarely make it to the show bench. The ever popular Cymbidiums and a good variety of other exotic genera completed the display. It was very pleasing to see some of our Novices exhibiting for the first time, including some beautiful floral arrangements featuring cymbidium orchids.

Michael Wood from Kalaru has done it again. His stunning Dendrobium speciosum Moonmere Excellence, carrying 10 arching racemes of perfectly presented cream flowers, was judged Champion Australian Native or Native Hybrid, Champion Species Orchid and Grand Champion of the Show. In addition, his beautiful yellow flowered Dendrobium speciosum Tyabb won Champion Specimen Orchid. Michael was the winner of the overall pointscore and was awarded the Maurine Cochrane trophy. Well done Michael, and congratulations.

The cymbidium classes were well contested. Bobby and Muriel Bell from Eden were once again among the winners. Their eye-catching orange Cymbidium Foxfire Amber Dural, carrying 8 arching racemes of shapely blooms, was awarded Champion Cymbidium 60mm to 90mm, and Reserve Champion of the Show. Bobby and Muriel were also successful with their lovely, deep red Cymbidium Radiant Ruby ‘Little Joy’, winning Champion Cymbidium Under 60mm.
Jeff Knox from Merimbula was successful with his beautifully presented yellow Cymbidium Jubilation ‘Geronimo’, winning Champion Cymbidium 90mm and Over, and Peter MacKnight from Tura Beach won Champion Cymbidium Seedling with his lovely pink Cym Pepper Blaze ‘Flame’ x Cym Lunar Blaze ‘Dural’.

Ulli Cliff from Bega won Champion Paphiopedilum with her dainty Paph Raisin Jack, as well as Champion Laeliinae Alliance with her colourful Slc Fire Magic ‘Solar Flare’. Shirley Bedingfield from Merimbula was awarded Champion Orchid Any Other Genera for her Dendrochilum tenellum. Champion Vandaceous Orchid as well as Champion Seedling Other than Cymbidium went to John and Irene Stubbs from Brogo for their beautiful Dtps Chain x En Pearl x Tenney White Spots.

Merle Danvers from Bega won Champion Novice for her beautifully grown and presented Dendrobium Tyabb x Den Full Blown Beauty. Well done Merle.

David and Barbara Jones from Kalaru were awarded Champion Fern or Foliage for their rare and unusual member of the bromeliad family Abromietiella chlorosticta. Champion Floral Art once again went to Helen Fraser for her beautiful arrangement featuring cymbidium flowers.

thank you to all who helped make this show such a wonderful success.
Sapphire Coast Orchid Club would like to thank our major sponsor, Southern Farm Supplies of Bega, for their continued support of our show.

© 2015 Ulli Cliff