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in this issue
We're going to have a virtual meeting on July 14th using Zoom. See page 7 for information about how to use Zoom.
Here's your chance to ask some of our very learned and experienced members about orchids. Send your questions in advance via email to Alison at President@SonomaOrchids.com or you can submit them during the meeting by using the Chat function (see icon to right) directing them to Alison (select her name from participants list). Look for the Chat icon at bottom of your screen. You can even show your problem plants by holding them up to the camera.
June Maiden asked our panelists to name their favorite genus. Apparently, not an easy question to answer when there are so many beautiful orchids in the world.
I have been growing orchids for over 20 years and I have many different types of orchids that I love to grow. While Cattleyas and Angraecums are among my top three, I will say that the genus Dendrobium lands in the top spot. This is because Dendrobiums are so challenging to grow! With more than 1800 species, the variety is amazing. They range from tiny plants up to gigantic specimens that will barely fit into a van. The color range is wide too. There are crystalline white to vibrant reds to gray-blues. I have about 140 different Dendrobium species currently growing in my greenhouse.
My collection is mostly species - some of my favorite orchids species are Dendrophylax lindenii, Encyclia citrina, Dendrobium lindenii, Sophronitis coccinea, and whatever else is in bloom. I am a member of the San Francisco Orchid Society, Marin Orchid Society and the Sonoma Orchid Society. I have an intermediate greenhouse and a cool growing greenhouse in Petaluma with a varied collection of orchids along with orchids that I grow outdoors year-round.
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I couldn’t possibly choose “my favorite orchid” (akin to asking a mother to name her favorite child), but I think Laelia anceps would be up near the top of my list. They are handsome, robust plants with glossy dark leaves, and they easily adapt to a wide range of temperatures, indoors and out. The blossoms are captivatingly simple, with clean lines and a beautiful deeply colored lip. I grow over a dozen different clones of anceps, from alba to deep rich magenta. While their peak blooming time is in January when many orchids are dormant, some of them throw a few spikes in summer (now!), to show the L. purpuratas and L. tenebrosas that they are not to be outdone! I made divisions of several of my L. anceps this February in anticipation of our Show and Sale…they are developing new growths for blooming next year. Incidentally, our second grand-daughter is named Laelia, and she takes great pleasure in seeing “her orchids” in bloom.
How does one have only one favorite genus? I have always enjoyed the Cattleya alliance and like to try to grow them to specimen size. Sophronitis, walkeriana and mossiae are some of my favorites. Having said that, if I were forced to grow just one genus it might be Dendrobiums. Why? Because there are so many. At the moment I am truly enamored with my Anguloas and Lycastes. So you see it is not an easy question to answer.
I don’t really have a favorite genus. That changes over time and from even from day to day. Currently I am interested in Vanda/Neofinetia falcata, a number of terrestrial species, Masdevallia species (again), Dendrobium species (always). I am usually looking for something new and still love plants with beautiful foliage and those with sculptural qualities. I work full time with my business growing orchids from seed, so life is pretty much 100% orchids.
July Panel discussion
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I want to start off this month talking about friendship. Let’s face it, this has been a pretty crappy year so far. It’s been tough, and I’ve been feeling pretty discouraged. Enter friendship and the Sonoma County Orchid Society. We are a village in terms of friendship. There are our besties; friends; acquaintances; people you don’t really know but say hello to; the curmudgeon who always point out the rules; and the enthusiastic grower who’s just learning - we’re all here together. We’ve not only learned to put up with each other, we found a bond, dare I say a fondness for our fellow Society members. I’ve missed our gatherings. We didn’t have pandemic back up plans, but we are adapting.
The June meeting using Zoom with Ron Parsons was a first for us, and I thought it was fantastic! Thanks Ron for your patience with us using Zoom for the first time for a general meeting. I also want to thank several of our members, like Patty Connick, who chimed in with her opinion of the event - it seems most people enjoyed it! Yay! I hope everyone will be able to attend our next general meeting via Zoom at 6:30pm on July 14th (no driving required!). I found it was easier on my computer with the larger screen. The presentation will start at 7pm, with a very special panel of member experts.
Be ready to bid on some silent auction items too. That’s right, we’re going to try a silent auction of several items donated for the show with bidding taking place on line during the meeting. There will be instructions on how to do that before we begin. We encourage you to bid, get some great items, and support the Society all while having fun! See descriptions of the three items that will be auctioned off following this letter.
I am missing seeing our members in person; going to our annual events; wondering if I’m the only one who’s going to see the best bloom I’ve ever had. We have received notice that the Vets Building will be closed through July, and no date for re-opening has been announced. With an abundance of caution, we regrettably announce the cancellation of our annual Auction and BBQ in September. Thank you Dave & Becky Jackson for offering to host.
Please take a picture of your blooming orchids and share it with us by sending it to Ann Possinger at Newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com for inclusion in our virtual show & tell.
May we all get through this together. Remember it’s the human bond and our bonds with nature and our orchids that provide a haven from the stress and uncertainty of the future. Hope to see you on line at our next meeting!
These items were donated by local businesses to our silent auction at our SCOS Spring Show and Sale which had to be canceled. We're going to try a virtual auction during our July 14th meeting. Please use the Chat function in Zoom to submit your best bid. Highest bid wins, and June will be in touch with you about picking up & paying for your item. To submit your bid, click on the Chat icon at bottom of your screen, select June Maiden's name from list of participants to send her your bid.
Petaluma Seed Bank Basket donated by the Petaluma Seed Bank
Wood Basket with "The Whole Seed Guide", Seed Bank Coffee cup, refrigerator magnet, garden pencil, weeder, 9 vegetable seed packets, basil seed packet, and two flower seed packets.
Estimated value: $104.00 Minimum bid: $50.00
4th Street Cellars: Two Free Tastings and a Quartet of Egret Wines donated by 4th Street Cellars in Railroad Square,
127 4th Street, Santa Rosa
Four Egret wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and
Pinot Noir. Handcrafted in Sonoma from Sonoma County grapes made exclusively as a tribute to nature here, dedicated to funding Audubon California in its ongoing programs that protect birds and their habitats.
Estimated value: $100.00 Minimum bid: $50.00
Pepperwood Preserve donated by Pepperwood Preserve, Dwight Center for Conservation Science, 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Individual Membership and One Class Admission
Redeem by December 21, 2020
Enjoy one year Individual membership to Pepperwood, granting you access to exclusive events and more! You'll also receive one free registration for a Pepperwood community education class. Visit the website http://www.pepperwoodpreserve.org to find the perfect class to suit your interests!
Minimum bid: $20.00
Even though we had to cancel our annual show and we didn’t have our April and May monthly meetings, we are still “in business”, and we need you to renew your membership to keep us going. Until we can have monthly meetings at the Vet's Bldg, we will have presenters via Zoom. Our fiscal year ends June 30th so dues payment is due July 1st. This is how you can renew.
Online at our website www.SonomaOrchids.com. Select the black Member Resources button under our name at the top, then select Membership Renewal. Pay with Debit/Credit Card via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account to use this method). Submit Online Membership Renewal Form
Download either format of the Membership Application below, complete and return with a check for $25.00 payable to Sonoma County Orchid Society (SCOS), P.O.Box 11195, Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Membership Application (Word)
Membership Application (PDF)
2019-2020 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Billie MacCarthy - email@example.com
Ways & Means Haili Marshall -
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey - email@example.com
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
Newsletter Editor Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
The election of the Board of Directors for your Society's 2020-2021 fiscal year was delayed for 60 days due to Covid. We will have the election in August. Below is the slate of candidates for election. If anyone else is interested in joining the Board, please let a Board member know.
CANDIDATES FOR THE 2020-2021 SCOS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Karen Wofford
Vice President Alison Bies
Secretary Ann Conger
Treasurer Glenn Finch
Membership Billie MacCarthy
Ways & Means Haili Marshall
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (unofficial position) Lynne Murrell
Past President Alison Bies
Our July meeting will be held virtually this month on July 14th at 7 pm as usual. We will meet via Zoom, a computer application, which will allow our speaker to make a presentation. Zoom is easy to use once you get it working. If you get stuck setting it up, call me (Karen Wofford, 707-975-4299), but don’t wait until the start of the meeting. I will be busy after 6:30pm. The link below will tell you about Zoom and how to download it as well as more advanced manuals - https://www.marinjcc.org/zoomclassreg.
It will help if you prepare prior to the meeting by making sure the Zoom application is on your computer. Here is how to do that:
If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, open your browser and go to https://zoom.us/download and click download under “Zoom Client for Meetings.”
If you are using a cell phone or tablet, you will need to download the application from your app store. The app we want is called “Zoom Cloud Meetings.” It is a sky blue square with a white video camera inside.
You do not have to create an account and it will cost you nothing. Make sure your device has a camera and speakers. A microphone is optional, but necessary if you want to ask a question of the speaker. A group email will be sent to all members containing the link to the meeting the day of the meeting. The email will look like this:
Sonoma County Orchid Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Sonoma County Orchid Society June Meeting
Time: Jun 9, 2020 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
The only part of this message that matters is the link in blue above. Simply click on this link in the email.
Depending on your system, you’ll see any or all of the following prompts in no particular order.
1. You may see a picture of yourself and the question “join with video” or “join without video”. Select “Join with Video” unless you don't want to be seen by others.
2. Do you want to allow this page to open“zoom.us.app”? Click “Allow”
Choose ONE of the audio conference options
Phone Call Computer Audio
Test Speaker and Microphone
Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting
3. A box that looks like the following. If so, select “Computer Audio”.
4. A box that says this. If so, select “Click Here”.
Your meeting should start in a few seconds...
If Zoom does not run in a moment,
Download & run Zoom. Then click here to start the meeting.
If all goes well, you’ll see yourself and other people, and you will be able to hear them talking.
1. If you can see everyone, but you can’t hear them, make sure your volume is turned up.
2. If you can see everyone, but they can’t hear you, locate a small microphone icon somewhere on your screen and make sure it isn’t muted. On a tablet or phone you will have to tap the screen to be able to see the microphone.
3. If you can hear and see everyone, but you can’t see yourself, find a little video camera next to the microphone icon and make sure it is turned on.
4. If you somehow are prompted for a meeting ID, use this:
Meeting ID: 326 597 3017
Have I got a deal for you! by Karen Wofford, Treasurer
Our primary fundraiser is our spring show. As you know, we canceled our spring show this year two weeks prior to the event due to the current pandemic situation. Fortunately, we were able to push forward most of our large expenditures already spent on the 2020 show to the show in 2021. The downside though is no income was generated to offset it in 2020.
The Sonoma County Orchid Society has a unique opportunity in 2020 to regain these lost funds by accepting donations from our membership while simultaneously benefiting those members on their own taxes! The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, the first stimulus package created to help the economy, included a piece to generate income for nonprofits to help offset these kinds of losses.
Here’s my deal for you. For those who can and choose to, the CARES Act allows up to $300 per person ($600 per couple) to be donated to a nonprofit and written off your taxes whether you itemize or not for the year 2020. The $300 is a maximum per person for 2020, not a maximum per charity. Not only is it a write off, but it’s an above the line write off. This means you reduce your income by $300 in addition to the standard deduction, or 100% of the donation if you itemize. Under prior rules, individuals who did not itemize their deductions on their income tax returns could not take a charitable deduction for cash contributions to qualified charities, and the deduction was tied to their tax bracket.
Please consider making the Sonoma County Orchid Society your donation of choice for 2020. If 10 members donate $300 each, our finances will be back on track. If you can't afford $300, any amount of donation will be appreciated. Thank you!!
Please send checks to:
PO Box 11195
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Write ‘donation’ in the memo line. Receipts for your donation are available if requested.
You can donate from our website www.SonomaOrchids.com using your Debit/Credit Card via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account to use this method). Look for the DONATE button.
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Virtual SHOW & TELL
C. gaskelliana lip - Earl Rathbun
Cat. Royal Walk (Earl x Walkerana)
Link to see more photos submitted by members
Barkeria halbringirii - Judy Carney
Microclinium lexarzana ‘Gold Country’ - Susan Anderson
July Focus: Staying in touch during COVID19 isolation.
Many AOS affiliated societies nationwide have discovered the benefit of on-line meetings via ZOOM or similar audio/video log-on products. Several have reported increased monthly attendance (vs in-person meetings), including folks who join from remote cities and states. We are making new orchid friends, while staying in contact with our dear local orchid family.
And we can continue to see photos of, and learn about orchids thru many on-line sources, including:
What else can we do while we wait this out? Support orchid vendors with mail order purchases and gift card purchases, if offered. We want to see them come through all of this successfully, to keep us happy in our passion for orchids. The Orchid Source Directory is a good place to start. http://www.aos.org/orchids/orchid-source-directory.aspx
Increase our knowledge. Visit the AOS website for a Monthly Checklist on Orchid Care.
Until we meet again, hopefully SOON, Happy Growing. Stay Healthy!
Let’s Grow Together!
By Lynne Murrell
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.
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website www.aos.org.
Registration is required. http://www.aos.org/orchids/webinars.aspx
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.
monthly checklist july & august
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.
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.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
Beallara Diana Dunn 'Newberry' is a good example of the colorful patterns that Oncidium intergeneric hybrids offer.
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.
The Philippine species, Euanthe sanderiana, rewards
growers with massive heads of flowers at the end of sumer.
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 and august
Highlights of SCOS Board Meeting 6/16/20 via Zoom
Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Ann Conger-Secretary, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Haili Marshall-Ways and Means, Susan Anderson-Communications, Ann Shippey-Meetings, Ann Possinger-Newsletter, and Jeanne Van Blarcom.
President: Alison received positive feedback following the June meeting held via Zoom. The meeting was attended by 26 people. Ron Parsons did a great job. Alison said she was glad we can also attend the Marin and San Francisco Orchid Society meetings via Zoom.
Vice President: No speaker for July had been booked because we normally have bingo and ice cream social which we cannot do this year because of Covid-19, and the Vet’s Bldg is still closed. It was decided that a panel of members would take questions from attendees. The questions can be submitted through the chat function on Zoom or in advance to June. Marni Turkel, Judy Carney, Lynne Murell and Tom Pickford were suggested as possible panelists. Susan said she'd be a backup.
An appropriate honorarium for virtual speakers was discussed. June will investigate. The speakers still put in significant preparation time even though they don’t need to travel to us. The society will not be spending money on the speaker's dinner, the opportunity table plants or room rental.
Treasurer: Karen reported total cash is $11,538. The yearly fee for our post office box has gone up by $22.
After PayPal fees were taken, a total of $409.12 in donations was received from Ann Possinger, Billie MacCarthy, Karen Wofford, Letitia Caruso and Robyn Chosy. The Vet's Building continues to refund us our meeting fee of $165 for each meeting cancelled due to Covid-19.
Membership: Billie reported that six members have paid dues.
Ways and Means: Haili reported that we can have a donation button added to our Facebook page. She will need PayPal credentials to do this – Karen to provide. After discussion, it was decided to proceed with the addition.
Election of Officers: No members have come forward to fill open board positions. Haili agreed to remain in her position for now. June needs to leave her position very soon. We will address this again in July.
Potting Party: Cancelled.
BBQ and Auction: Cancellation was discussed. Earl Rathbun sent an email to the board expressing his feelings about the risks involved in holding a group gathering. He stated that he and Kathie would not be able to attend the BBQ if it is held. Alison requested that we address the decision again at the July board meeting but we will most likely not be able to hold it.
Future meetings: After the discussion about an online auction, it was suggested that we try an auction during the member's meeting in July via Zoom. Bids can be submitted on chat during the meeting. June will select 3 or 4 of the donated items. Descriptions and photos will be placed in the newsletter. Karen has added a security lock on our Zoom meetings to avoid outside interference.
Storage Locker: The facility has reopened. Becky and Dave Jackson did an inventory, and identified items to be eliminated. Alison will talk with them about the move to a smaller unit. Karen will arrange for the new unit.
The next board meeting will be July 21st at 7:00 pm via Zoom. All are welcome.
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.
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
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!
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
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.
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!
Thanks to Helen Finigan, Ann Conger,
Jeanne VanBlarcom, Kathy Rathbun, Billie MacCarthy and Chen-Hao Hsu for snacks at the April meeting.
2020 Refreshment Calendar
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS, MOST SPRING SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED. BEFORE PLANNING TO VISIT ANY SHOW, PLEASE EMAIL OR PHONE THE PERSON OF CONTACT TO FIND OUT THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE EVENT. ALL AOS MONTHLY AND OUTREACH JUDGINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Postponed till the Fall - California Orchids Sale 9-4 pm
515 Aspen Rd. Bolinas, CA
Open greenhouses are a great way for members to see how other members grow their orchids and to get to know fellow members. If you are willing to have an open greenhouse at your home, please contact June Maiden at email@example.com.
New AOS book titled The American Orchid Society Guide to Culture by Mary Gerritsen. We have a limited supply of books for $22 including sales tax. The retail price is $24.95 plus shipping and handling so it's a good deal. Books will be available at the monthly meeetings.
Dale Martin has a few bags of all 3 sizes of Orchiata for sale for $30/bag including tax. To reserve bags, please contact Date Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-762-0526.
Sizes are Classic (fine) #9
Power (medium) #5
Power+ (medium) #5a
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