3rd Annual Mounting Workshop
Potting Party Photos
SCOS Members Updates
Bus Trip Flyer
Sonoma County Orchid Society
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"Come Hang With Us!"
3rd Annual Mounting Workshop
Tuesday, June 12 - Doors Open at 6:30pm - Workshop Begins at 7:00pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
This is a work at your own pace workshop for all ages and skill levels to enjoy. Come and experience a fun way to learn about orchids, their natural epiphytic growing habits, and how to care for them from experienced growers.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from two skilled orchidists, Marni Turkel and Tom Pickford, who will walk you through the basics of mounting and share the tried and true tips and techniques they have acquired over the years. Both Marni and Tom will present different mounting styles - you choose the mounting style that interests you the most.
Experienced growers will be positioned at each table to guide you and help you create a beautifully mounted orchid that will give you many years of pleasure and enjoyment.
All the necessary supplies and tools will be provided so you can create your own living masterpiece (or two). We have flown in a wonderful selection of species and hybrids from H&R Nurseries of Hawaii. Plants will be available for purchase for $10.00 for a plant and cork mount.
Speaker's Dinner: Join us for dinner with Marni and Tom at Yeti, Gourmet
Nepalese-Indian Fusion , 190 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, Tuesday, June 12th at
5pm. Please RSVP by 5pm, Monday, June 11th.
NOTE: Due to the Mounting Workshop, the June General Meeting will NOT
feature the Member’s Show & Tell.
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By Jeanne VanBlarcom
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Greetings To All You Orchid Lovers!
Our condolences to Bill Tatum following the passing of his sweet wife Shirley. Shirley did not attend many meetings, but she is well remembered for the meetings and holiday parties she did attend.
Another sad yet happy note – our longtime member and dear friend, Kathie Hile, is selling her home and moving to Southern California. It’ll be such a great loss for SCOS, as Kathie has always been an active member. She was newsletter editor for many years, and she spearheaded our participation in community events such as the Petaluma Art & Garden Festival and the Heirloom Expo. We have her to thank for initiating the very successful boutique at our Spring Show. We wish her the best in her new home and know she will bless a new society with her enthusiasm and knowledge!
The re-potting party was wonderful!! It is one of the best opportunities to learn and share – not only about orchids but also about the society and fellow members. Several of our most knowledgeable members were in attendance and shared not only their expertise but also some orchids to divide. Attendees got to go home with as many plant divisions as they wanted. Thank you to all who attended.
We have had another successful year with our membership increasing to 136; a successful BBQ & Auction; and Spring Show thanks to the participation of so many of you. It has been a year filled with unity, which in part has led to the joy of belonging to the society. Everyone has value and everyone has something to contribute!
Now I have a question for all: Why are there so few willing to step up and assist with the running of the Society? Is it because you don’t feel qualified? None of us will ever do everything perfectly, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. If you will step up and try, there are many who will help you with whatever task you choose to accept. If you want to see things continue or even change, this is the perfect time to step up and volunteer for an officer position. As many of you know, I ran for president last election because I wanted to see some changes. Now it’s time for someone else to take the helm! The society cannot run without members willing to run it.
On to upcoming events which I encourage you to sign up for and enjoy. Susan Anderson and Lynne Murrell have organized a wonderful bus trip for June 2nd. Not too late to sign up!!! Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynne at email@example.com. Krystal Goulart and the board have organized a mounting workshop for our June 12th meeting.
Stay well, stay happy and keep enjoying our society and all it has to offer!
SCOS potting party
Held May 5th at Jeanne's house in Sebastopol. Thanks Jeanne for hosting this event!
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!
Winner of the name tag drawing at our May meeting was Cynthia Battershall. Winner of people who brought snacks was new member Chen-Hao.
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 following positions on the Board of Directors need to be filled for the fiscal year starting 7/1/18: President, Vice President, and Secretary. The nominating committee is looking for candidates. If you are interested, contact Alison Bies at firstname.lastname@example.org; Billie MacCarthy at email@example.com, or Larry Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP - 136 paid members!
Welcome to our newest members Chen-Hao Hsu and Susan Noble.
It's That Time - RENEW YOUR DUES!
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 Lynne Murrell 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!
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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AOS WEBINARS AOS JUNE WebinarS
ORCHIDS MAGAZINE – VOL. 87 NO. 5 May 2018
Growing Orchids on the Shores of Lake Superior - p354
Spring is here! Or is it? I have been enjoying cool days and overcast skies as I battle with a landscaping project, but my orchids are becoming confused. No spring growing tips forthwith, I send your attention to a great May article that makes me 100% thankful that I grow in California.
Erica, professor of environmental history at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, writes a concise and fluid two pages about growing indoors all year long on the south shore of Lake Superior. She names varieties that grow well under low to moderate light and 40-60% humidity. She no longer
drives through blizzards to pack out artesian well water but uses tap water
and MSU formula fertilizer.
Orchid shopping is minimal so she takes excursions to Minneapolis and Chicago. Online buying is limited to summer months only. “My orchids allow me to live and breathe green things during long winters…” Luckily for Erica, she is able to spot “Cypripedium acaule (photo), Cypridpedium reginae and Pogonia ophioglossoides while hiking in perfect solitude.”
A simple reminder that life and beauty is ever present, no matter where we live. Happy Growing SCOS Members!
16TH ORCHID DIGEST SPEAKERS DAY – ‘ORCHIDS IN THE WILD’
Saturday, June 9th - San Marino, CA
BIG LIP PHALAENOPSIS, A Judging Webinar
Thursday, June 7th, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details Page – Registration Page
Tom Harper will show and discuss the explosion of big lipped Phalaenopsis and how judges look at them. Are they better than parents? Are they worth awards?
By Krystal Goulart
AOS JUNE WEBINARS
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, June 12th @ 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 June 1st to email@example.com
Highlights of the 5/15/18 Board Meeting
Attending: President, Jeanne Van Blarcom; Treasurer, Karen Wofford; Meeting Coordinator, Billie MacCarthy; Director of Media & Communications, Susan Anderson; Membership, Lynne Murrell; Ways & Means, Ann Conger
Absent: Immediate Past President, Angelique Fry; Secretary, Cindy Bertino; VP, Krystal Goulart,
Treasurer's Report: $29,635.67 combined checking & savings. Due to the poor health of Karen's husband, Ann Possinger will help out with treasurer duties for a few months. Ann agreed to do this on a temporary basis. Ann will need upgraded version of Quickbooks because Karen uses the Mac version.
Membership: We have 136 paid members. A notice will be put in newsletter notifying members that membership dues of $25 for the year 2018-2019 are due on 7/1/18. New members who joined at the show and since are paid thru 6/30/19.
Speaker line up for 2018:
June – Mounting Party
July – Bingo & Ice Cream Social
Aug – Ken Jacobsen – cymbidiums
Sept – BBQ & Auction
Oct – Dale Martin, native orchids of Australia
Nov - Bob Hamilton
Dec – Holiday Party
The nominating committee has found replacement nominees for Membership and Meeting Coordinator, but no one has volunteered for President, VIce President,, or Secretary. An email blast was sent to the membership asking for volunteers. More phone calls will be made in an effort to find willing members.
Bus trip on 6/2 - we can take 10 more people.
Mounting party at 6/12 meeting - Lynne has ordered cork, moss and plants. Krystal is putting together the kits with everything needed to do mounting. She will send out email asking for table monitors to assist attendees with mounting. Cost for kit including one plant is $10. Additional plants will be $10. Tickets will be given upon payment which can be redeemed for kit and plant after the demonstration is completed. Ann Conger will take money & give out tickets. Karen will notify the Vet's Bldg of floor plan change needed for that night, and ask them for a microphone with longer cord.
BBQ & Auction - Alan Koch is available 9/8 as well as Earl & Kathy Rathbun. Parking at the Jackson's has been lost. Local parks and our regular meeting room were researched. As of now, location to be determined. If anyone has a yard big enough for it, please let Jeanne know at President@SonomaOrchids.com.
Discussion about need to improve the working of skill sessions at meeting. 15 minutes is too short - 30 would be better. People can't hear and we'd like more people to attend. Suggestions as how to improve this are appreciated.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE FUN!!
Our annual BUS TRIP is nearly here! Join us on our fun orchid adventure!
Co-chairs Lynne Murrell and Susan Anderson invite you to our NOT TO BE MISSED event this Saturday, June 2nd!
We will be visiting three major orchid growing areas in the Bay Area. There are six fantastic growers that have invited us into their special greenhouses. Fun and games and lots of gorgeous orchids! What more could we want?
It is not too late to sign up! Call or email either of us right away! See page 10 for details.
Lynne (415)847-0987 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan (707)762-2917 - email@example.com
There are many orchid shows and events in the coming months. Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing.
SFOS Orchids in the Park Show & Sale July 21-22
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers),
9th Avenue & Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA, 10-5 pm. Join us for Orchids in the Park, our summer show and sale. View orchids on display from local growers and purchase plants and supplies from vendors from all over the world.
California Sierra Nevada Judging Center (CSNJC) Speaker's Day,
July 28th, Sacramento. Details coming soon.
SCOS BBQ & Auction, September 8th - We are looking for a location to hold the BBQ & Auction, so if you have a large yard that can accommodate about 8 tables for silent auction, 2 tables for live auction, and 10 tables for eating, please contact Ann Possinger at newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com.
June 2 - SCOS bus trip
July 21-22 - SFOS Orchids in the Park Show & Sale
July 28 - CA Sierra Nevada Judging Center Speaker's Day
Sept 8 - BBQ & Auction, details to follow but put it on your calendar
The last of the spring-flowering types -- those that flower from a ripened hard pseudobulb -- will be finishing, while the first summer-blooming types will be showing buds on their rapidly growing, soft pseudobulbs. Both may need potting, as signaled by deteriorating mix, this month. The spring bloomers present no problems, as you will be dealing with fully ripe, well-hardened pseudobulbs. They will be ready to root on the mature front pseudobulb and will establish quickly. The summer bloomers, will be brittle and may be in bud. Nonetheless, experienced growers know that unless potted now, they may not root later, as this type tends to be seasonal in its rooting behavior. Stake the lead growth to avoid breakage. May can still present some changing light conditions that can lead to burning of the foliage if the plants have not been properly acclimatized. Allow them to build up their tolerance to higher light gradually. Changing light and temperatures can also be the source of some frustration when trying to determine when plants need watering. While cattleyas will be entering into a period of rapid growth starting this month, they have still not built up sufficient momentum to be significantly slowed by your missing a day or two of watering owing to dark weather. As always, it is safer to err on the dry side than on the wet. It is important, though, especially to the summer bloomers. Too much shade will cause rapidly developing inflorescences to droop unattractively.
Cattleya purpurata © G. Allikas
The Paphiopedilum Maudiae types will be well into their season now, so a careful eye should be used toward staking. Do not be too anxious to stake, however. Many of this type, if staked too soon, will develop nodding flowers that do not face the observer. It is better to allow the flowers to ripen naturally, then support the spike right below the ovary for best display. This is especially common in Paphiopedilum fairrieanum-derived hybrids. If you have to do something when you first see the emerging spikes, just put the stake in the pot next to the spiking growth. Not only will this help you, but you will be able to see where the spikes are, so you can continue to pay attention to their development. The multifloral types will be entering their most active growth phase, so lots of light, water and fertilizer are called for to mature their large growths. Many will be spiking in the next couple of months, so be on the lookout for the emerging inflorescences. These may benefit from earlier staking than most, as the inflorescences grow so quickly in some cases that they can be quite soft. Again, best support is right below the ovary of the first flower. This will allow the most natural presentation of the blooms.
Except for the latest-spiking plants, all phalaenopsis should be ready for potting or already potted. Because phalaenopsis are tropical plants, they tend to be seasonal in their rooting behavior. The critical point for potting is when new roots emerge from the base of the plant. This is absolutely the best time to repot a phalaenopsis. The summer-flowering types, based on Doritis background, have ideally already been potted and are becoming freshly established, ready to support their soon-to-emerge spikes for the summer season. Phalaenopsis potted at the right point in their growth cycle will reestablish almost immediately, with fresh roots growing into the new medium nearly uninterrupted. As soon as the flush of new root growth is seen, begin regular watering and fertilizing to make maximum use of the major growing season. Do not get over-exuberant with your watering, though, allowing water to splash between plants. This can be a source of infection for both water-borne pathogens and viral contamination. Phalaenopsis are much more susceptible to virus than was previously thought. Take extra care to keep your collection free of bacterial and viral problems, which you can accomplish by maintaining a clean growing area.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
Click link to see all show & tell photos from our April meeting:
Chysis bractescens - Helen Orgill Cymbidium Green Zenith 4N x Traceyanim 4N - Martha Brankline
monthly checklist may and june
monthly checklist May and June
The Society purchased Orchiata and deliveries were made at the April and May meetings. Cost is $25 per bag which includes tax. Orders can be placed with Susan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bags will be delivered to the next general meeting, or arrangements can be made to pick them up in Petaluma. There is a very limited quantity left, so orders are on a first come first served basis.
They are 40 liter (1.4 cubic foot) bags. The available sizes are:
"CLASSIC - Small" (#9) 3/8"
"POWER - Medium" (#5) 1/2"
"POWER+ - Medium Plus" (#5A) 3/4"
"SUPER - Large" 1"
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