Orchid News – August 2012

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Calendar

  • 2 Aug Plant Auction
  • 5 Aug Workshop at Gordon’s
  • 7, 8, 9 Sep Spring Show
  • 13 Sep Sep meeting – social meeting

August Meeting – Auction

As previously announced this meeting will be an auction.  We are asking members to donate a plant or two for this auction which will give members an opportunity to buy some good plants, and will also raise some money for the society.

Some of the plants already donated are

  • Coelogynes – Linda Buckley, Unchained Melody, tomentosa, pandurata.
  • Dendrobiums – Hilda Poxon, Delicatum, speciosum, others
  • Zygopetalums – various
  • Cymbidiums – lowianum hybrid, others
  • Phalaenopsis

If you are thinking of donating a plant it doesn’t have to be in flower or in spike, but please make sure it is clearly labelled

Members are reminded that they can pay by cash, cheque or IOU.

September Meeting

Please note that we are holding the September meeting a week later than usual, i.e. on 13th September because we will be setting up for the show on the normal date.

This meeting will be a social meeting.  Several members have said that they would like to have a meeting where we had more time to talk with each other.  The plan is to have a brief business session and then have supper with an opportunity for people to talk with each other.

And a reminder for people to bring along some supper so this can be a successful evening.

Beginner’s Workshop

The next beginners workshop will be held at Gordon Clarke’s on 5th August.  We gather at about 9.30 for tea/coffee and the workshop starts at 10.  This workshop will be to look at how plants have coped with the winter, and how to prepare them for the spring growing season.

Everyone is welcome.

The workshop is at 26 Pullen Street, Woolgoolga and the phone number is 6654 2553.

Committee Report

The committee met at Mangrove Jacks on 24th July. Main issues discussed were

  • Upcoming auction
  • Plans for the Spring Show
  • Social meeting for September
  • How to improve the table talk part of our meeting

Lost Orchid

A slipper orchid was left behind after the July meeting.  Is it yours?  Please let Ed know asap so it can be returned.

Peter King’s Talk

Peter King talked about cymbidiums. Weather has been the main problem this year. Sydney society publishes a diary to work out what to do with cymbidiums and when to do it.

Some of the lovely Cymbidiums on display at our July meeting (thanks to Clem for the photo)

Some of the lovely Cymbidiums on display at our July meeting (thanks to Clem for the photo)

Peter got most of his orchids in Victoria from various nurseries e.g. Kimberley Orchids. Spoke about the type of fertilizer he uses and the growing medium. He rows them under 50% shade cloth, which seems to be sufficient. Many articles are available in The Australian Orchid Review. Answered members questions. An excellent talk, Thanks Pete

A nice dark Cymbidium flower

A nice dark Cymbidium flower

Program for Rest of Year

You might like to note the program for the rest of 2012

2 Aug               Plant Auction

5 Aug               Workshop at Gordon’s

7, 8, 9 Sep       Spring Show

13 Sep             Social evening

4 Oct                                Fitzroy Motors – Seniors and cars

1 Nov                               AGM, Ed Pearce – Orchids for real beginners

4 Nov               Workshop at Gordon’s

7 Dec               Christmas break up

Spring Show

It is now just 2 months to our Spring Show.  We will be setting up on the evening of 6th September, and the Show will be open to the public from 7th to 9th September.

How are your plants looking?  What will you have in flower?

How can you help?  There will be a roster passed around at the next two meetings for people to fill in when they are available to help.

Agenda for August Meeting

Welcome, Apologies, Visitors, New members.

Minutes of July meeting – as printed in newsletter

Business Arising

Committee Report – refer to newsletter.

Inwards Correspondence

Outwards Correspondence

Sponsor’s spot

Finance Report – as printed in newsletter

Table talk

General business

  1. Spring Show

Raffle, popular vote.

Minutes for July Meeting

Welcome to all members and visitors. 36 attending.

Apologies:  Norm and Kay Mitchell, Ken Green, Dulcie McBain, Bob Southwell, Bruce Hall, Margaret Chapman, Brian Newman, Robert Standing

New Members: Carol Axford and Anne Dew welcomed and given their plant.

Minutes of May Meeting:  as per Newsletter Moved: Don Seconded: Sue

Business Arising:  Nil

Committee report:  Meets Tuesday after the meeting. Report in Newsletter

Correspondence in: as per newsletter

Correspondence out: nil

Financial Report: In Newsletter Moved: Betty Seconded: Sue

Sponsors Spot:  Good to support Mangrove Jacks, great supporters of the Society.

General Business:

  1. Ed explained the meeting process, displaying orchids, the popular vote, judging, supper etc using the society’s new microphone and PA system.
  2. Next meeting Plant auction 2 weeks away. Idea for members to get plants not normally available for a reasonable price. Fund raiser for the society. We need people to donate plants for the auction. Please indicate what you are prepared to donate. They don’t have to be in flower or in spike.
  3. Spring Show. 7,8,9th September. Roster didn’t work that well. Need to be organized a bit better than before. A roster will be available for the next 2 meetings. Please indicate what you are prepared to do. Don’t be afraid to bring plants even if you don’t think it is as good as others. Just bring them for a mass display. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on Saturday and Sunday. On the roster.

Popular Vote:  Laurie Olsen

Guest Speaker.  Peter King on Cymbidiums

Raffle Winners:  Ken Burnett, Jason Slaverio, Laurie Olson

Meeting Closed:   8:20

Thanks for attending.

Next Meeting:  2th August, 2012.

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