August Speaker - Ken Jacobsen
New Board of Directors
Bingo & Ice Cream Social Photos
SCOS Members Updates
Auction & BBQ Flyer
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Recent AOS Cymbidium Awards and Why You Should Care by Ken Jacobsen
Tuesday, August 14th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
This covers Cymbidium awards from 2015 through 2017, and shows the changes in what is awardable, or perhaps it is the change in what people are growing.
Ken Jacobsen was first introduced to orchids by his uncle in the 1960’s, and has been growing Cymbidiums himself for over 40 years. Over time, he has added the Odontoglossum alliance plants and several other genera. Since his wife Amy joined in his orchid addiction, they now also raise Cattleyas and Laelias, Lycastes, Encyclias, Vandas, and Masdevallias. Together they even have a few Disas! Their collection now numbers over 2500 Cymbidiums,and about another 4500 of the other genera.
Ken is a judge in the AOS and CSA judging programs. He has written many articles for the CSA Journal.
Speaker's Dinner - Tuesday, August 14th @ 5pm: Join us for dinner with Ken at Sea Thai Bistro, 2350 Midway Drive, Santa Rosa. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Monday, August 13th.
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At our last meeting when our wonderful Past President, Jeanne, was trying to introduce me, I was in the washroom trying to rinse chocolate fudge sauce out of the front of my shirt. My apologies! But the ice cream with hot fudge sauce was delicious. Thank you to all our members who participated.
I want to say "THANK YOU!!" to Jeanne for being President last year and for sticking it out for so long. Many of you already know me as I am a returning member. I had to leave the position of president, so it seems only fitting that I return and take the position again. I know there have been a lot of changes in the years I've been gone, and I hope all of you will help me by giving me your input on our society's strengths and shortcomings. But most importantly we need you to participate...so tell me what you enjoy, what needs improvement, and what you'd like to see in our future.
We have a fun group of people. There are some serious things that we need to pay attention to, but mostly we are here to enjoy, learn and immerse ourselves in orchids.
I'm looking forward to the coming year with you. Start thinking "orchid show" now....How have orchids influenced love and romance?
The election of the Board of Directors for your Society's 2018-2019 fiscal year running 7/1/18 thru 6/30/19 was held at the July 10th meeting. The elected board members are listed below. Please get to know them when you come to meetings and/or events.
2018-2019 SCOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - email@example.com
Vice President June Maiden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Ann Conger - email@example.com
Treasurer Karen Wofford & Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Billie MacCarthy - email@example.com
Ways & Means vacant
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall -
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
50 people played and 60 plants were won.
bingo & ice cream social
Bingo Caller - Susan Anderson
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!
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Please wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag.
It's That Time - RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
We have 141 members but only 89 have renewed/paid for the 2018-2019 year. Renew now!
We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. Just stop by the membership table and Billie MacCarthy will be glad to assist. Forgot cash or your checkbook? No worries... simply renew online using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
Welcome new members Amber & Steve Powner
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.
The position of Ways and Means on the Board of Directors needs to be filled for the fiscal year starting 7/1/18: If you are interested, contact email@example.com.
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
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
AOS WEBINARS AOS JUNE WebinarS
SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER: The AOS FALL meeting site is now active & we invite you to register and join us at The American Orchid Society 2018 Fall Members Meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the 19th International Slipper Orchid Symposium on October 31 - November 3, 2018, in Apopka, Florida. If you love Paphs, this is a meeting you won’t want to miss. There will be an AOS judging of plants as part of this event, and a private BBQ at Krull-Smith Nursery.
Get your registration in and remember to put the dates into your calendar. You’ll have to check back for a finalized schedule of events but you can register for text message notifications and you won’t miss anything. Make sure to take a look around the site to check out info on nearby accommodations, speakers, vendors, etc. Online registration is at: https://aosmembersmeeting.com/. Information on the symposium venue is here: https://www.slippersymposium.com/
16TH ORCHID DIGEST SPEAKERS DAY – ‘ORCHIDS IN THE WILD’
Saturday, June 9th - San Marino, CA
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website www.aos.org. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab. If you check there, you will find any webinars that have been scheduled after the production of the monthly Corner.
The Pleurothallidinae and their Pollinators with Adam Karremans
Wednesday, August 8th, @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT Members Only
Come to learn about the amazing Pleurothallid orchids and the pollinators that make them possible with Adam Karremans from the University of Costa Rica. Register now using this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6381588967057338881
Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the seminar.
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an Internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP.
WANT TO LEARN, BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.
By Lynne Murrell
AOS AUGUST WEBINARS
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, August 14th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! – 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 August 11th to firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights of the 7/17/18 Board Meeting
Attending: Alison Bies, President; June Maiden, Vice President; Karen Wofford, Co-Treasurer; Ann Conger, Secretary; Billie MacCarthy, Membership; Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall, Meetings; Susan Anderson, Communications; Jeanne Van Blarcom, Past President
Treasurer's Report: $27,094.88 combined checking & savings. Net income from the Bingo & Ice Cream Social evening was $133.71.
Membership: Billie reported 138 members. She will work with Krystal on arranging Mailchimp training for herself, Alison and June.
Vice President: June has worked with Krystal to learn about the vice president's responsibilities.
Speaker line up for 2018:
Sept 8th– BBQ & Auction - Saturday, September 8th
Oct 9th – Bob Hamilton - topic TBD
Nov 13th - Dale Martin will talk about native orchids of Australia
Dec 11th – Holiday Party
Communications Director: Susan will have the By Laws are posted on our website.
Meetings Coordinator: Billie has trained Ann S. about meeting set up, and has transferred the supplies to her. Ann S. and Haili need training to set up a computer with Power Point. Computer requirements for the society were discussed. We need to have a computer with Power Point available for our speakers. Investigation is needed to determine if either society computer can be cleaned up and updated. Alison will determine if an unused computer of hers can be made to function for the society.
Old Business: Bus trip wrap up: Ideas for attracting more participants were discussed. More advertising was suggested. We will plan a June date for next year’s trip. Susan offered to plan the trip again.
Auction & BBQ Sept 8th: Jeanne will host the event at her home. The board will recruit members to work on set up/take down. Alan Koch will be auctioneer. Decided to purchase $550 of plants from Alan & reimburse him for gas. Fee will remain at $7 per person. Jeanne suggested that we change the name and advertising to "Orchid Auction and BBQ" to clarify the event. Ann C. suggested the activities be explained at the August meeting. Sign up sheets will be available.
Holiday Party Dec 11th: Billie will confirm our date with the restaurant. Karen and Jeanne will help negotiate the arrangements and price. Discussedt whether the society should supplement the price again this year to keep the price as affordable as possible to encourage people to attend. We will revisit the subject after the price from the restaurant is received.
Cabinet contents: Jeanne suggested that the flood lights will be moved from the cabinet to the storage locker since we don't use them anymore.
Spring Show: March 29-31, 2019 is reserved with the Vets building. A chairman is needed. Three important positions were identified and discussed: vendor relations, Vets building liaison, and publicity.
Alison will set up a budget committee meeting. Included will be president, treasurer, vice-president, ways and means, and two general members.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
SCOS BBQ & Orchid Auction, September 8th. 11-3 pm, $7/person; choice of chicken or tri-tip; bring a dish to share. Contact Ann Possinger at BBQ@sonomaorchids.com to sign up.
South Bay Orchid Society Show & Sale, September 15-16
South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA www.southbayorchidsociety.com/Show/index.html
California Orchids Fall Sale! , September 22
9am - 4 pm. There will be lots of unusual orchids, many sizes and great bargains! 515 Aspen Rd. Bolinas, CA, www.californiaorchids.com, email@example.com, (415) 868-0203
Fascination of Orchids International Show & Sale, September 29-30 South Coast Plaza Village, 1621 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, CA
AOS 2018 Fall Members Meeting, Oct 31 - Nov 3
Is being held in conjunction with the 19th International Slipper Orchid Symposium in Apopka, Florida.
Online registration at https://aosmembersmeeting.com/
Information on the symposium venue is here: https://www.slippersymposium.com/
Sept 8 - BBQ & Orchid Auction, see flyer attached
Sept 15-16 - South Bay Orchid Show & Sale, Palos Verdes, CA
Sept 22 - California Orchids Fall Sale, Bolinas, CA
Sept 29-30 - Fascination of Orchids Int'l Show & Sale,
Santa Ana, CA
Oct 31 - Nov 3 - AOS Fall Members Meeting, Apopka, FL
Feb 22-24, 2019 - Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco
Mar 29-31, 2019 - SCOS Show & Sale - mark your calendars
Cattleyas this month require careful attention to their watering and fertilizing needs owing to characteristically high temperatures. Evaporative cooling is a must in areas of the country where it is effective. Where it is not (the more humid regions), care needs to be paid to proper venting to keep temperatures within reason. Bottom vents in conjunction with top vents provide enough rising airflow to help keep plants cool. Increased air flow lessens humidity and dries plants out more quickly, necessitating more frequent damping down and watering, in areas where high humidity is not a problem. Higher light and heat indicate more fertilizer. The growths your plants are making now are the source of this autumn, winter and spring's blooms, so applying adequate fertilizer this month is the best way to ensure future blooms. Higher temperatures and humidity may also lead to fungal or bacterial rot problems, so it is important to closely observe your plants for any early indication of problems. Pests are also at a high point this month for the same reason.
Cooling and air circulation are especially critical in these two months to prevent stress and avoid disease problems. Watering needs to be closely monitored to ensure that plants do not dry out. Warmer-growing hybrids will be at the peak of their blooming, with attention needing to be paid to staking of spikes. Look for water lodging in growths, which can rot emerging spikes and lead to the loss of the entire growth.
Most, if not all, potting should be complete by now. This month and next are when these plants achieve their maximum growth. This growth will be that from which they set their spikes for the coming season. The more leaves the plants grow, the better potential for spiking will be realized. Growers in cooler areas such as the Pacific coast have the advantage this month, should they choose, of cooling for early season spikes. Lots of heat and light call for liberal applications of water and fertilizer.
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Chysis bractescens - Helen Orgill Cymbidium Green Zenith 4N x Traceyanim 4N - Martha Brankline
monthly checklist JULY & august
Summer can be the most rewarding season for cymbidiums. Growths should be coming strong now. The leaves of the new growths are best when they are broad and fairly stiff. The color should be a light green to nearly yellow. Early flowering varieties should be showing flower spikes, so move the plants into a cooler area with lower light. For mid-season varieties, lower the dosage of nitrogen to assist in spike initiation.
For cooler-growing plants, such as masdevallias, other pleurothallids and the like, the next few months will be a challenge. During the hottest times, keep your plants more shaded and be sure to keep the humidity level much higher. Do not let plants dry out. Delay any potting until the weather cools.
Many of the intergeneric crosses between odontoglossums and oncidiums, such as Odontocidium, Wilsonara and Colmanara, will be blooming now. Take special care to train the spikes for best floral display. Keep plants under fairly shady conditions. Watch for snails and slugs.
Plants will be growing quickly now and really enjoying the hot humid days so similar to their native habitat. Watch for pests though, as many of these also enjoy the same conditions as the plants. Check flower spikes so that they can extend unimpeded for the best flower presentation later.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
monthly checklist JULY & AUGUST
August: A Warming Trend: Modifying Care Plans to Deal with the Heat of Summer
As the temperatures wax across North America this month, our productivity tends to wane. In August, most people, it seems, take off for someplace cooler, such as the beach, an air-conditioned mall or Antarctica. Hobbyists weren’t meant to swelter in 95-degree heat and, similarly, any orchids blooming this month tend to fade more quickly due to the high temperatures and light levels they receive. In August, it’s easy to imagine what the earth will be like if it continues its current warming trend. No one really knows, specifically, what global warming may wreak upon us.
It is always my aim to make this column positive, uplifting and, occasionally, a bit inspiring, but the heat of August scares me as I imagine a future world where that might be the norm and I work harder than ever to keep my orchids and my garden from stressing out. My latest pet peeve is that the media is doing stories about the “positives" of global warming for gardeners, for example, that USDA zone 5 regions are having successes overwintering zone 7 plants. Don’t buy into this baloney and become complacent about the issue. As the world warms, many plants (and animals) that can't adapt or migrate quickly enough will no doubt go extinct. Distribution of rainfall and other environmental conditions will change unpredictably, with resulting parched forests, wilted jungles and swampy deserts. So, as we struggle to keep our collections cool this month, think about what we can personally do to slow down this warming trend and keep the world safe for our children and our beloved orchids.
COOLING Many intermediate- and cool-growing orchids have been feeling the stress of summer heat for more than a month, and signs of trouble, which can be slow to appear in orchids, are starting to reveal themselves. Stressed-out plants will often appear flaccid and limp or a blanched-out yellow-green color. Pleurothallids may even start dropping leaves when they overheat. Examine these plants carefully, above and below the pot. Often, all that is really necessary is to move the plant to a shadier, or cooler, spot in the growing area, but some are just not able to tolerate the heat for such a long period, especially when temperatures don't drop at night. Collections of portable miniatures can be brought into the air conditioning on such nights, but a large collection must be cooled with air flow, misting and increased shade. Make sure these stressed plants are properly potted and have any necrotic tissue removed; dead leaves and pseudobulbs are vectors for many pathogens.
AILMENTS Hot weather can increase the reproduction of some of the worst pathogens in orchids. Erwinia bacterial rot can “melt” a phalaenopsis collection in just a few’ days. It is more important now than ever to observe plants daily and take corrective actions. While it’s tempting to drench your plants with water on hot days, constant watering and puddles of standing water on plants are vectors for these pathogens. On hot days, light misting combined with good airflow are the keys to keeping all your plants healthy.
INSECTS Hot temperatures also translate into increased insect activity. Check any plants summering in the yard for insects. Ant colonies will often invade the coarse, airy medium in orchid pots. Plants in such pots often decline quickly due to the change in pH that happens when ants exude their waste around orchid roots. Myrmecophila (which means “ant lover" in Latin) thrive in such acidic conditions. In nature, they live symbolically with ant colonies inside their hollow pseudobulbs. Other orchids collapse under these conditions. In addition, ants farm out other insects, such as scale, aphids and mealybugs, carrying young insects throughout your collection and returning later to harvest their sweet exudates. In general, they cannot be tolerated in an orchid collection. Immediately repot any plants that look as if ants are living in them.
FERTILIZING Many lowland species are thriving now while the upland species are struggling. The warm-growing plants require copious watering and fertilizing and should be kept separate from cooler-growing plants. Take full advantage of the warm conditions for these plants. Vandas, ascocendas, many angraecums, standard and nobile-type dendrobiums, myrmecophilas and those laelias that used to be schomburgkias, encyclias, psychopsis, Cattleya violacea and Brassavola nodosa and its hybrids are among the orchids that are rapidly growing in the intense heat. Catasetums, cycnoches and their allies need fertilizer to fill their growing pseudobulbs. Stanhopeas, coryanthes and their ilk are producing their exotic pendulous spikes, filling the greenhouse with delicious aromas. Make sure you have a camera handy to capture images of their luscious but deliquescent blooms at their peak.
Tom Mirenda has been working professionally with orchids for over three decades and is an AOS accredited judge. He recently coauthored The Book of Orchids: A life-size guide to 600 species from around the world email: firstname.lastname@example.org
cultural spotlight by Thomas Mirenda
The Society purchased Orchiata and there are just 3 bags left. Cost is $25 per bag which includes tax. Orders can be placed with Susan Anderson at email@example.com. Bags will be delivered to the next general meeting, or arrangements can be made to pick them up in Petaluma.
They are 40 liter (1.4 cubic foot) bags. The available sizes are:
1 bag - "POWER - Medium" (#5) 1/2"
2 bags - "POWER+ - Medium Plus" (#5A) 3/4"
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