SCOS Members Updates
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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Maudiae Paphs: Past, Present and Future
by Dave Sorokowsky
Tuesday, March 13th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
6:45 Skill session - Introduction to Paphiopedilum varieties and their culture
Dave and his wife Stacey are owners of Paph Paradise, a slipper orchid retailer in central CA. After receiving his degree in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, Dave opted to step outside his chosen field and operated a tropical fish import business for eight years. Upon returning to school, Dave received degrees in enology and viticulture from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. While attending Brock, Dave began acquiring orchids, one 2” pot at a time. Before he graduated, Dave had over 100 orchids.
Ahhh…the slipper orchids. They bring the “WOW” factor up in any collection. Ultra-exotic, totally captivating, they can easily haunt your orchid fantasies. Lucky
for those of us who grow indoors, Maudiae Paphiopedilums are considered easy growers and do well in the home environment. For the more serious hobbyists,
they add a beautiful spice and flare to our collections. Dave Sorokowsky’s presentation will look at the history of the 'mottled leaf' hybrids, current breeding trends and what the future holds.
Winemaking and a passion for orchids prompted Dave to seek a warmer climate in California about one year later. Dave has been growing Paphiopedilums for about 12 years and seriously hybridizing for the past 8 years. His Paphs have received over 75 awards to date from the American Orchid Society, with many of those awarded plants playing important roles in his breeding program. Hawaiian Treasure ‘Nebbiolo’
Dave is taking pre-orders! Purchase online through Paph Paradise at https://paphparadise.com and check 'local pickup' under shipping options. Or email Dave at email@example.com. Order deadline is 12pm, March 4th.
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Hello Fellow Orchid Enthusiasts!
Thank you to all who attended our General Meeting on 2/13. I'm very happy to say the revised Bylaws passed unanimously! We owe a huge thank you to the Chair of the Committee, Earl Rathbun, and to the committee members who worked diligently on the much-needed revision. There will be an additional document covering procedures. So, the work continues although the hardest part is done.
We all enjoyed Dennis Olivas, our speaker, whose talk on vandas included lovely pictures. It is our hope he will be joining our Spring Show as a vendor.
We had a surprise visit from long time member Juanita Breckwold and her son. They are moving to Oregon. In preparation for the move, she found many things to donate to our Boutique. Thank you, Juanita. We also welcomed back Bob Richardson and his wife Barbara following a period of illness. Glad you're back Doctor Bob!
I sincerely hope that you all managed to get through the cold snap with no damage to you, your home or your plants! All plants are confused by the unusual weather. It really is not time for many things to be blooming - but blooming they are.
Now on to the Spring Show! The board and the show chairs have been working on the logistics in order to ensure we have a successful show. However, it can't happen without you, our members. We need you to volunteer to help, and the sign-up sheets will be at our March meeting. You can also contact the Volunteer Chair, Cindy Bertino, at Secretary@SonomaOrchids.com and let her know when and where you want to work. As a volunteer, you receive free admission all weekend plus you are invited to attend the Pasta Party held Saturday night after the doors are closed to the public. You do need to sign up for the party, and remember it is a potluck! It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know the vendors and other members better. Finally, don't forget that we need your blooming orchids! The purpose of our display is to show your plants, letting all who attend know they can also grow orchids. We want the general public to be as excited about orchids as we are!
We have engaged Robyn Chosy to update our website (www.SonomaOrchids.com) and to keep it current. It contains a wealth of information about our society and orchids in general. Also take a look at our Facebook page. Please share info on our spring show with your friends.
And in closing, let me wish you all well. I hope you are in good health and good spirits. Life can be challenging as we grow older – don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
AOS March WebinarS
AOS MEMBERS MEETING – March 7-11: The AOS 2018 Spring Members Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show and the Cymbidium Society of America Congress. www.aosmembersmeeting.com to register for events and link to the Centric Hyatt for hotel registration.
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Orchid Digest Tour: The Native Orchids of France – May 15-26
Join the Orchid Digest for a 12 day guided tour through 5 beautiful regions of France. Observe their many indigenous, terrestrial orchid species with a special focus on the endemic Cypripedium calceolus. Featuring stops at many of France’s historic, cultural and geological sites. Indulge in the regional gastronomy and take a cooking class with a Meilleur Ourvier de France titled Chef.
Are you drooling? Visit http://www.orchiddigest.com/france-tour.html for more information.
China Orchid Tours: Organized by Wenqing Perner
April 15-27, West Yunnan Province
Dr. Hong Jiang, an expert on orchid flora of that region, will visit the site of Paphiopedilum armeniacum which should be in flower at that time, along with holcoglossums, pleiones and others.
May 20-June 2, North-Western Yunnan province. Coordinated with the Orchid Conservation Alliance. Focusing on a variety of orchids such as cypripediums as well as alpine plants and other interesting species in the wild.
Can’t wait to go? For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Orchids Under Glass
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only–Webinar Details Page – Registration Page
Chris Miller, a grower of all orchids small, will show us how to build and maintain orchidariums for those plants that need special growing conditions, humidity, light and temperature.
By Krystal Goulart
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Thursday, March 29th, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome!–Webinar Details Page – Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton for a Q&A session on orchid culture. Everyone is invited. If you have a question, please submit your questions by March 26th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Show Update cont'd
Please bring your blooming plants for judging or just to put in the display on Friday, 3/31. Also bring boxes for the plant hotel.
Thanks to the following members who brought snacks to the 2/13 meeting: Susan Anderson, Billie MacCarthy, Letitia Caruso, Martha Brankline, Maria Leonovicz, Cathy Thompson, Jeanne VanBlarcom, Carolyn Fisher.
Winner of the attendance drawing at our February meeting was Letitia Caruso.
Winner of people who brought snacks was Susan Anderson.
Welcome new member Terry Leech and returning member Bob Richardson. We have 113 paid members.
Spring Show Update
Our Spring Show, "Rainbow of Orchids", is just around the corner on March 31st & April 1st. It is our biggest event of the year! We need help from everyone to make our Show a success! Contact Cindy Bertino
at Secretary@SonomaOrchids.com to volunteer. The Show is a lot of fun! Everyone is welcome to join us in the planning and coordinating of our big event! Our next show meeting is on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30pm at Jeanne Van Blarcom's home, 897 Matsuda Lane, Sebastopol.
Admissions - Ann Conger
Awards and Trophies - Josie Lee
Boutique - Billie MacCarthy and Letitia Caruso
Display - Jeanne Ban Blarcom, Billie MacCarthy, and Karen Wofford
Docent Tours/Skill Sessions - Judy Carney
Facility Coordinator - Karen Wofford
Judges and Clerking - Becky Jackson
Membership - Lynne Murrell and Jeanne Van Blarcom
Pasta Party - Jeanne Van Blarcom
PayPal - Karen Wofford
Permits - Linda Eggleston
Plant Doctor - Susan Anderson
Plant Hotel - Martha Brankline
Plant Sales - Earl and Kathy Rathbun
Publicity and Advertising - Karen Wofford and Krystal Goulart
Security - Michael Golic and Krystal Goulart
Set up and take down - Ben Snow
Silent Auction - Krystal Goulart
Vendor Hospitality - Susan Fletcher and Fern Wilson
Vendor Liaison - Lynne Murrell
Volunteer Center - Ann Possinger
Volunteer Coordinator - Cindy Bertino
SCOS 2018 show update
scos facebook page
Don't forget to "Like" the SCOS Facebook Page! Help promote our page by posting pictures of your orchids and "liking" fellow member posts! Also, check our page for event info!
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Don’t forget to wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag!
If you would like to order a permanent name badge, email Lynne Murrell , membership@SonomaOrchids.com
Want to WIN a free raffle ticket? Bring a refreshment to share!
Let the folks at the opportunity table know when you bring a refreshment to receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing. Winner gets first choice from the opportunity table as a Thank You for helping out!
Refreshments are based on the first letter of your last name so check the calendar below for the monthly meeting that corresponds with your last name.
Please consider bringing a snack even when "it is not your turn". The more goodies, the better! PLUS you still receive a free raffle ticket and who doesn't want that!
WE NEED yOUR HELP!
Like many non-profit organizations, we rely solely on volunteers to accomplish the day-to-day business of running the society in addition to organizing and staffing special events. The SCOS needs your help! It would be greatly appreciated if you can spare just a few hours monthly or help out from time to time during special events. Below is a list of a few upcoming volunteer opportunities:
Positions requiring no knowledge of orchids are security (sit or stand), admissions (sit), plant hotel, and volunteer center. Member plant sales needs people with some knowledge of orchids. We need able-bodied volunteers to help with setup on 3/31 and take-down at end of show. Please recruit some helpers.
Sign up at the 3/13 meeting or contact Cindy Bertino to volunteer - Secretary@SonomaOrchids.com.
AOS /Orchid Digest Representative: Requires an active AOS membership and is responsible for obtaining content for the AOS/Digest Corner to be published in the monthly newsletter. Attendance at monthly board meetings is preferred but optional. 2-4 hours monthly. Contact Krystal for more details.
Note from Dennis Olivas
There were about 6 of the Phalaenopsis pictured that were on
the January opportunity table with no labels. The name is Phalaenopsis Brother Girl.
2018 Refreshment Calendar
Have an announcement? Personal story regarding your trials and tribulations growing orchids? Send it to us before the 23rd of the month and we will add it to the newsletter as space allows. Newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com
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A - B
C - De
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Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
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SCOS Member's page
Highlights of the 2/20/18 Board Meeting
Attending: President, Jeanne Van Blarcom; Secretary, Cindy Bertino; Treasurer, Karen Wofford; Meeting Coordinator, Billie MacCarthy; Liaison Newsletter/Website, Susan Anderson; Ways & Means, Ann Conger
Absent: Vice President, Krystal Goulart; Membership, Lynne Murrell; Immediate Past President, Angelique Fry
Treasurer's Report: We have $22,002.98 in savings and $2,251.16 in checking.
Speaker line up for 2018:
April – Carol Klonowski
May – Peter T Lin – Mini Cattleyas
June – Mounting Party
July – Bingo & Ice Cream Social
Aug – Ken Jacobsen – Cymbidiums (tentative)
Sept – BBQ & Auction
Oct – Wenqing Perner – (tentative)
Nov - Dale Martin
Dec – Holiday Party
Robyn Chosy has been contracted to update the website with previous newsletters; to keep it up-do-date; and to add events like the show, bus trip, potting party, etc.
Ann Conger, Ways & Means, reported on the possibility of SCOS participating in the Healdsburg Garden Club Annual Sale on 4/28. We would need SCOS volunteers to collect $5.00 from people who want their plants re-potted. The money goes to the Garden Club, not SCOS. Good exposure for SCOS. Billie will be selling her garden art there and will call Lena to get more information regarding our participation.
Discussion about whether we need fraud insurance.
Krystal suggested an opt out for the membership roster of members who do not want their personal information shared with all members. It was noted that we do not share personal information with non-members. As for new member binders, it was suggested no personal information be listed except for board members.
Bus Trip - possibly June 2nd. Susan and Lynne are chairs for this event. Trip will be headed in a different direction this year.
Potting Party - May 5th, 10:30 am-4:00 pm, perhaps at Jeanne’s and a pot luck lunch.
Agreed to order a mixed pallet of Orchiata which the Fosters will store.
We need a nominating committee now for officers who will serve effective 7/1/18.
There are too many orchid shows in March and April to list here. Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing.
The 2018 AOS Spring Members Meeting is being held March 7 - 11
in conjunction with the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and the Cymbidium Society of America. Earl Warren Showgrounds,
3400 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara.
California Orchids Spring Sale, Bolinas, March 17, 9 am - 4 pm
You are invited to a fun filled day in Bolinas! California Orchids is having their spring sale. There will be an amazing selection of orchids, tillandsias, ferns, and supplies available. While you visit, make sure that you check out the orchid logs. Owner, Mary Nesbit, has attached a wide range of orchids to large logs so that they grow as they do in nature. They are simply beautiful! Additionally, Lynne Murrell, Susan Anderson, Tom Pickford and Sergio Garcia (Olompali Orchids) also grow orchids in Mary's greenhouses. You are invited to visit their growing areas! California Orchids, 515 Aspen Road, Bolinas. (415)868-0203
Malihini Orchid Society Annual Sale & Culture Demonstration,
March 17 & 18, 19419 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA.. Free. Orchids and other plants for sale, culture demonstrations (repotting and care of orchids). For more information: www.malihini.org
San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Mardi Gras", March 23 - 25, Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
San Joaquin Orchid Society "Orchid Fest", March 23 - 25,
Sherwood Mall, 5308 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA.
Judging is being held on March 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM.
Sonoma County Orchid Society "Rainbow of Orchids", March 31 -
April 1, Santa Rosa Veteran's Bldg., 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa, CA
Sacramento Orchid Society Show "The World of Orchids",
April 14 - 15, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H St., Sacramento, CA.
Judging is being held on April 14, at 9:00 AM.
Open Greenhouse April 21-22. Member Cynthia Battershall's Orchids & Gems open greenhouse ,11am - 4 pm, 2520 Acacia Ave, Sonoma. Greenhouse tours at 12 & 2. Contact email@example.com or 938-2205.
Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale, April 21 - 22, at the Redwood City Community Activities Bldg, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA. Judging is being held on April 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM.
March 7-11, AOS Spring Members Meeting at Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show
March 17, California Orchids Open House, Bolinas
March 17-18, Malihini Orchid Society Show & Sale
March 23-25, San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show
March 23-25, San Joaquin Orchid Society "Orchid Fest"
March 31-April 1, Sonoma County Orchid Society "Rainbow of Orchids" show & sale
April 14-25, Sacramento Orchid Society Show "The World of Orchids"
April 21-22, Cynthia Battershall open greenhouse in Sonoma
April 21-22, Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale
If you are planning to vacation, or need a caretaker, I am available to care for your home, garden and/or greenhouse. I also provide piano concerts in the home or for organizations. Contact Nixy Rickles, 415.336.9446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Click link for all photos from February Show & Tell - https://photos.app.goo.gl/dsQ8YTBbI5mp6IFO2
Zygoneria Adelaide Meadows Blc raspberry lemonade Tricopilia suavis
Carolyn Fisher Earl Rathbun Judy Carney
GARDEN ART SUNCATCHERS:
Dazzling, colorful glass and porcelain flowers make a great addition to any garden, if not for yourself, as a one-of-a-kind gift, (made from re-purposed plates). To see pictures of individual pieces, contact Billie MacCarthy at any SCOS meeting, Email or call 707.303.6867
Although March is, in many parts of the country, still a cold and blustery month, the lengthening days and warmer temperatures allowed by increased light are long-awaited harbingers of the coming change of season. Some of the best standard cattleyas of the year will be in bloom, or will be blooming soon. The last of the winter-flowering hybrids will join the earliest of the spring hybrids in a wonderful display. Be on the alert for senescing sheaths that need removal. If these yellowing sheaths are not removed, the moisture they trap can lead to bud rot. Careful removal of the sheath will allow the buds to develop, although they will need additional support. Changing light conditions can also be a problem in March and April. An exceptionally bright day, especially immediately following a rain, can lead to sunburn of the foliage if shading is not attended to properly. There can still be periods of dull days where spikes can weakened owing to the lower light. Lengthening days will mean increased metabolic rates necessitating increased water and fertilizer. The plants will indicate needs by drying more rapidly, which means more frequent watering and fertilizing.
With the passing of the season for winter bloomers, and the beginning of the season for spring bloom, it is also the time to be on the lookout for plants that will need potting after they bloom. Immediately after blooming has proven to be the best time to repot winter- and spring-flowering cattleyas. In most cases, they will be ready to grow roots, so if potted at this time, they will root right into fresh mix with little or no setback.
Plants should be putting on a spectacular show this time of year. Adjust all staking and twist-ties and be on the lookout for aphids, slugs and snails. Give adequate water because flowering strains the plants. As new growths appear later, increase the nitrogen level in the fertilizer. Should a plant loo healthy but not be blooming, try increasing the light during the next growing season. The number-one reason for no flowers is lack of light.
These hard-cane dendrobiums will be at their flowering peak now. It is not unusual to see a specimen of this type in an orchid show boasting 1,000 flowers. The secret with this group -- bred primarily from Dendrobium kingianum and Dendrobium speciosum -- is to provide ample water, fertilizer and light during the growing season.
This genus of superb orchids will be coming to the end of its flowering season. Soon you will see the beginning of new root growth, which is an excellent time to repot into fresh media. As new growth emerges, provide ample fertilizer and water. A sign of good culture is an increase in the size of psuedobulbs with each successive year.
This marks the beginning of the flowering season. Amazing displays of color will dazzle the grower over the next few months. Prepare your plants for optimum display by staking spikes (if needed) and cleaning off the older yellow foliage. Do not miss the wonderful fragrance as the flowers unfold.
This marks the beginning of the flowering season. Amazing displays of color will dazzle the grower over the next few months. Prepare your plants for optimum display by staking spikes (if needed) and cleaning off the older yellow foliage. Do not miss the wonderful fragrance as the flowers unfold..
March is the beginning of the season of heaviest potting for lady's-slipper orchids. However, it is a month where the volume of plants needing attention is still small. It is an excellent month to take the time to work with your paphiopedilums before the pressure of other potting prevents your doing the thorough job you should. Look at each plant: Is it clean of dead and dying foliage? Is it weed free? Does it need potting? Is it in spike? Does it have an insect problem? Cleaning and restaging your paphs is one of the most satisfying tasks of the orchid year. Cleaned and potted paphiopedilums look happy.
The summer-blooming types will be showing the first of their buds in March and April. Be on the lookout for the buds, as well as any insect pests that may have found their way into the crowns of your plants. It is especially difficult to clean mealybugs, in particular, once they have become established in the plant. Better to get to them before they get a good toehold.
Increasing light levels should give emerging spikes the strength they need to grow straight and strong. Do not be too anxious to stake the spikes, because if they are staked too soon, the flowers may develop a "nodding" stance, where the dorsal will not stand upright. If the spikes seem to develop at an angle, let them, and stake after the flower has hardened for best carriage, especially on the hybrids with fairieanum background.
In most of the country, March is the peak blooming month for phalaenopsis. Staking needs to be carefully attended to, so that the flowers will be displayed at their best for orchid shows and judging -- even those intended for your home will look best if properly staked. One of the most decorative aspects of phalaenopsis spikes is the way they gracefully arch. If not staked properly, the spike will lack this grace and will not be as pleasing. Most growers like to have the final support just below the first flower, allowing maximum support, without sacrificing the beauty of the arching spike.
Rapid-growing spikes and open flowers place extra demands on the plant. Careful monitoring of watering and feeding will give the plants the energy they require to give their best floral display. Remember, too, that the lengthening days will also increase the frequency at which plants need water.
Beware of the invasion of sucking pests that accompany the flowering season. Flowers and spikes are favorite targets of mealybugs and scales. Be on the look out for their presence, often indicated by the appearance of sooty mold resulting from the exudate of the bugs, and treat before flowers or buds are too advanced. If flowers and buds are too far along, the chemical treatment may damage or abort them.
Members in this large and increasingly popular group will be looking their best now. If plants are not in flower, the next few months provide an excellent time to divide if needed or repot into fresh mix. Taking care of these tasks now will allow enough time for your plants to become established before the hot weather arrives.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
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