December - party instead of meeting
Board of Directors and Thank You
SCOS Members Updates
Board Meeting Highlights
Show & Tell Photos
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Instead of our regular monthly meeting in December, we have a Holiday Party on the same night. See details below. Sign ups have closed, but if you want to attend, contact Billie MacCarthy at HolidayParty@SonomaOrchids.com and she'll see if you can attend.
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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. Our next event is the 2018 Holiday Party in Rohnert Park on 12/11. I encourage you to attend! Contact Billie @ HolidayParty@SonomaOrchids.com to see if she can still get you in. Whether you come by yourself, bring a date, or bring a bunch of friends, I hope to see you there.
This year has seen a small drop in membership, but not a drop in enthusiasm and friendship. We are a fun group…and more people own orchids now than ever before. Buying and growing orchids has changed in recent years. Many have smaller homes where we grow on windowsills and porches - few of us have greenhouses. Many orchid businesses have succumbed to Taiwanese imports of no ID Phalaenopsis. Supermarket orchids reign. But this also opens opportunities to educate people about orchids, their diversity and beauty. Which brings me to the spring show - the Sonoma County Orchid Society presents the 2019 Educational Orchid Exposition Show and Sale. So for all your friends who get supermarket orchids for Christmas, invite them to attend the show and learn how to grow orchids and meet the rest of the orchid family. Also, a reminder that we still need show lead positions and volunteers.
I want to extend a big thank you to Bob Hamilton for his presentation on the orchid hobby and cool growing Andean orchids. He made the point that we need to preserve hybrids because they contain superior genetics of species. I also want to thank Susan Anderson for presenting a wonderful skill session. Many thanks also to the members of the budget committee and general members who attended the budget meeting (it was awful and yucky and Karen Wofford made me stay until we balanced it). Thank you all.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and that the spirit of the season opens your heart to joy. See you at the Holiday Party!
Thanks to Francesca Perez who donated all those phals which members took home for free at the November meeting. Her business, Francesca’s Flowers, provides floral design and garden services. If you have need for her services, contact her at 415 609-0736, firstname.lastname@example.org, francescasflowersandgardens.com
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 - If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - email@example.com
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall -
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
Newsletter Editor Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you goes to members of the previous board. These people worked very hard for multiple years to make SCOS a successful organization! Not only did they take on the jobs that they were elected to hold, but they also did a LOT more behind the scenes.
Jeanne Van Blarcom did a wonderful job as President.
Krystal Goulart was fantastic as our Vice President.
Cindy Bertino was terrific as Secretary.
Lynne Murrell was superb as Membership Director.
Also, a heartfelt thank you goes to Dale Martin for handling the huge order of Orchiata bark earlier this spring. He lugged 50 bags of bark from his house to our meetings for our members to pick up.
Thank you all so very much! Your hard work is truly appreciated!
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!
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.
Thank you to the following members for bringing refreshments to the November meeting: Billie MacCarthy, Helen Finigan,
Kelly Plat, and Jeanne Van Blarcom .
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!
We have the following open position. Contact any board member if you are interested.
Director of Ways and Means -
- Oversees the running of the Opportunity Table and any sales at meetings.
- Oversees all money-making activities of the Society & may appoint committees to run such activities (i.e., BBQ & Auction, participation in orchid shows & festivals).
- Presents to the Board ideas for participation in money-making events.
- Makes efforts to procure donations/sponsorship for the benefit of the Society.
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
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SCOS Member's page
I recently had the pleasure of attending the AOS FALL MEMBERS’ MEETING in Apopka, Florida, in conjunction with the 19th International Slipper Symposium. What a fun time we had, including a visit to the fabulous greenhouses of Krull-Smith (known particularly for their Cattleyas, Paphs, and Phals), who hosted the BBQ and Auction on Saturday evening. Not surprisingly, I came home with more orchids than I planned, and am now having to shuffle things in the greenhouse, to make room for the newbies. Everyone’s registration bag included a mature Cattleya; mine is a
C. loddigesii ‘A-Doribil’ FCC/AOS, which with a little luck will bloom like this next spring.
Some positive take-aways from the meetings which may be of interest to you:
The AOS membership continues to grow, from a low of ~6500 a few years ago; we just surpassed 10,000 members, with an impressive 57% increase in member revenue.
AOS’ finances are also strong again, having declined to an alarming level during the 2008 recession; assets are now reported at $4.7million, with a strong oversight team in place, and with a well-advised investment program.
The 26 AOS Judging Centers have awarded 1645 Orchids YTD in 2018. There are currently 323 Certified Accredited Judges (including Tom Pickford, who was promoted at the Apopka meeting), and 32 Certified Associate Judges (including me, also promoted in FL). We encourage you to bring your well-blooming orchids for AOS judging!
SAVE THE DATE: The Spring 2019 AOS Members’ Meeting will be March 20-24 in San Diego, which is also home to some of the great commercial orchidists in the US. Watch the AOS website and this AOS Corner for more information in coming months.
To fill those rainy (fingers crossed) winter days, you can find a wealth of orchid Information on-line. Some of the sites I go to frequently include:
AOS website (www.aos.org) offers a great deal of cultural info, both to non-members, and even more info to AOS Members. Look under the drop-down box All About Orchids for: Beginner’s Newsletter, Orchid Care, Culture Sheets (some in Spanish!), and Orchid Pests and Diseases, to name just a few.
Jay Pfahl’s Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia (IOSPE), orchidspecies.com, with an alphabetical species search which includes photos in situ, and a wealth of info about each orchid species’ native habitat.
Orchid Roots (previously known as Blue Nanta), orchidroots.com or bluenanta.com, which also offers a Users’ Group blog, where you can post questions and hear from other orchid lovers.
By Lynne Murrell
Vanda Amy Mitchell 'Crownfox Pink Lady' FCC/AOS;
Photographer: Greg Allikas
What makes a great Vanda? with Robert Fuchs
Wed, December 12th, @ 5:30–6:30 pm Pacific Time
Everyone Welcome! – Registration Page
Please join premier Vanda grower, AOS Judge, and AOS Vice President Robert Fuchs as he talks about the beautiful Vanda Alliance and gives us judging tips as to what makes a good Vanda.
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. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab.
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.
Your support of the American Orchid Society is important and appreciated. Don’t forget to renew annually, to keep enjoying your Orchids magazines and other benefits of AOS membership.
Let’s make our orchids’ holiday season cozy and bright!
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
December 7-9 - Andy’s Orchids 2018 Christmas Open House
10AM – 4PM, 734 Ocean View Ave. Encinitas, CA. www.AndysOrchids.com
December 9 - Final sale of Bob Richardson’s orchid collection
(concurrent with estate sale) 9AM–3PM. Many cattleyas, some vandas and other genera. Most plants $5 each or $10 for a nursery flat of plants (6-10 plants depending on pot size). 1812 Happy Valley Road,
Santa Rosa, CA. Contact Brandon at email@example.com if you have questions.
January 6- February 24 - Filoli Estate & Gardens. During Filoli’s 2019 winter season, the historic mansion and greenhouse will feature orchids in lush living arrangements and displays of live plants. To complement the horticultural displays, Filoli will also host an exhibition in the Visitor Center gallery that will capture a larger-than-life view of the Orchidaceae family through Orchids: Glorious and Grand.
86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA , www.Filoli.org
January 12 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Annual Collector's Auction. Preview Sat. 12:30–1:00PM. Auction starts at 1:00PM.
San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA. For info contact: Richard Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 26-27, Peninsula Orchid Society Show,
1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA http://penorchidsoc.org/
February 21-24, Pacific Orchid Expo, County Fair Building,
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
March 2-3, Santa Cruz Orchid Society Show, location TBA
March 15-17, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show,
Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara https://sborchidshow.com/
March 29-31, SCOS Orchid Show & Sale, Santa Rosa, CA
Dec 7-9 - Andy's Orchids Open House
Dec 9 - Sale of Bob Richardson's orchid collection
Jan 12 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Annual Auction
Jan 26-27 - Peninsula Orchid Society Show
Feb 22-24 - Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco
March 2-3 - Santa Cruz Orchid Socieity Show
March 15-17, Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show
Mar 29-31, 2019 - SCOS Show & Sale - mark your calendars
Growers of just about every level of expertise will have begun to notice autumn conditions by now. Days are becoming shorter, hence cooler; the sunlight has less intensity as a result of the sun's lowering angle, nights are longer and generally cooler. Plants are responding by slowing and ripening their growth in preparation for winter.
The first cultural change noticed should be a reduced frequency of watering, as the plants dry out more slowly. This is a function of both the reduced day length and lower temperatures, as well as the plants' slowing growth rate. Reduced water needs signal a reduced need for fertilization. Note that the key word is reduced, not eliminated. Feed less frequently and at lower dosage, but feed. Growths, made during summer's heat, and relatively soft and green, will be ripening -- hardening -- in preparation for a brief period of rest (in many cases).
Many of these ripening growths will have a sheath, presaging the coming winter or spring flowering season. In some cases, these sheaths will have been evident since as early as July. (Early sheath development does not mean early flowering on plants with winter-spring seasons.) You may notice that some of these sheaths are showing signs of yellowing. This is not abnormal. Autumn's more pronounced temperature fluctuation can lead to water condensation inside the sheath, hastening the normal process of senescence, so yellowing sheaths can be left on the plant only so long before they must be carefully removed to preserve the bud primordia within. Water condensation left unchecked can rot the bud primordia. The sheaths can be safely removed by slitting open and peeling down toward the pseudobulb.
One can almost hear a sigh of relief from all of the cool-growers, from masdevallias to odontoglossums. As day temperatures decline, one can see a noticeable improvement in these plants. Shorter days and lower light levels do not seem to bother them. Repot before winter arrives.
Finally we begin in earnest the main cymbidium season. Cymbidium ensifolium can give some early and fragrant hybrids, but it is now that the bulk of the crop will be flowering. The season lasts for about seven months, adding color to any collection. Miniature varieties will peak for the next three to four months. There are three important things to do: stake inflorescences ramrod straight for best presentation, watch for slugs and snails (especially just after a rain), and fertilize with a mild balanced formula regularly.
Oncidium crispum Complex
This is the season for plants in Oncidium section crispum from Brazil to shine. Extremely vigorous hybrids come in wide varieties of markings dominated with chestnut and brown and butter yellow. Give plants high light to produce strong upright inflorescences. The pseudobulbs should be plump, so do not let the plants dry out while they are in bloom. Later, plants will enter a dormant period.
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Neofinetia falcata will thrive in cooler temps and produce graceful vanilla-scented flowers.
The flowering season for the "toads" or "bulldog" paphs is just getting underway. These cannot be grown everywhere, but where cooler summer nights allow their growth, there is no longer-lasting or more exotic display than these. Paphiopedilums are, in general, not heavy feeders, and it is especially important with this type to reduce nitrogen levels now for best flowering and spike length. Be watchful for water accumulating in the growth around the sheath, or for the late-season warm spell, either of which can lead to the sheath's rotting. As the spikes emerge, do not change the orientation of the plant toward the light, as this can lead to a crooked or twisted spike.
While paphiopedilums rarely like to dry out entirely, water needs are significantly reduced beginning now. Overwatering at this time of year can quickly lead to root rot or erwinia problems. Now is the time to practice good sanitary practices in your greenhouse or growing areas, as pest and disease problems have a way of multiplying rapidly in the darker and more crowded conditions that generally mark the winter growing area. With paphiopedilums, especially, "cleanliness is next to godliness" and if the growing area is littered with old foliage, weeds and dying flowers, keeping the plants alive and flowering will be next to impossible.
Shortening days and cooler nights are the signals for inflorescence initiation in phalaenopsis. In more northern climates, or on the west coast, growers have already begun to see the early inflorescences that may be ready for Christmas. In the eastern areas, nights in the greenhouse will now be in the low to mid 60s, depending on the thermostat setting, so the first of our phalaenopsis will not begin to bloom until Valentine's Day at the earliest.
A reduction in nitrogen levels will go a long way to giving the best possible spiking, as will a boost in potassium and phosphorus. In other words, a "bloom booster"-type fertilizer is definitely indicated in the next few months. Disease and pest problems are best dealt with now, especially as mealybugs hide in the bracts and flower buds. Once they have established themselves, they are difficult to eradicate, and flower damage or crippling results. Potential disease problems can be dealt with by the application of a copper-based compound to control/alleviate rot problems before they start. There is nothing more frustrating than to have shepherded your plants through a growing season, only to have them decline before your eyes.
Whereas the general decline in temperatures is beneficial to cool-growing orchids, it is not for vandaceous plants. The only cold-hardy member is Neofinetia falcata. Orient your plants in such a way as to take advantage of as much light as possible. This can be a problem in northern latitudes. Reduce watering and feeding schedules.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
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SCOS Board Meeting 11/20/18
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary, Karen Wofford-Co-treasurer, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Susan Anderson-Communications, Ann Shippey-Meetings.
President: Alison expressed concern about the low attendance on our bus trip last spring. Part of the problem was some people cancelled. Alison suggested identifying some new stops. Ideas were shared.
January - Mary Gerritson will be "Growing Orchids Outdoors in the San Francisco Bay Area".
February - Dennis Olivas on Miltoniopsis
Treasurer: Karen reported $24,010.47 in savings account and $2,606.56 in checking as of 11/20/18.
Membership: Billie reported 91 paid members. Those who did not renew were removed from the roster and Mailchimp mailing list.
Communications Director: Susan reported that Robyn has added Paypal to the website for Holiday Party reservations. Susan will ask Robyn about a link to the show that can be added to an event calendar called "What's Happening Calendars". Ann Conger had our show added to this calendar in previous years. It's good advertising. A hard copy and online versions are sold.
Computer: Alison has looked at a new high resolution projector. A thumb drive or a laptop can be plugged into it. The cost is about $700. It is possible we could use a lower resolution. Issues needing consideration are number of lumins needed, warranty and insurance.
Holiday Party: Billie reported 31 reservations so far. Two menu changes were decided. We discussed encouraging more members to attend. Nixy Rickles will be asked to play music at the event. The society will pay for her dinner.
2018-2019 Budget: The budget planning meeting was held November 16th. Alison Bies, Karen Wofford, June Maiden, Ann Shippey, and Earl Rathbun attended. The potential budget was presented to the board. After discussion, some minor changes were made and the budget was approved.
Spring Show: Alison will schedule a show meeting as soon as she can. It was suggested that California Carnivores be invited back as a vendor.
Marie Waskow Award: Jeanne VanBlarcom and Ann Possinger counted the ballots.
Next board meeting will be December 18th at 7:00 pm at the Artstart building at 716 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa.
Corks - Some members are using corks in bottoms of pots or even as planting medium. Feel free to save your corks and bring them to meetings for anyone who wants them.
Bennett Valley Gardens, 2780 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA does repotting including orchids for $15/pot.
Peruflora will be attending the Tamiami International Orchid Festival 2019, Dade County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL to be held between Friday, January 11th and Sunday 13th. This is the first opportunity of 2019 for you to order Andean and Amazon Orchids from us; for plants to be picked up at the show, or being sent by postal service to you. The cost of shipping will be added to the total amount of your order. Also, 10% will be added to coverall paperwork, transportation and broker fees. Last day for us to receive the preorders is Decmember 23, 2018. Orders will be accepted under the first come, first served basis. Feel free to forward this to your friends. For further questions and coordination, please contact us at email@example.com.
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
Lanceps Roeblingiana - Tom Pickford
Paph. fairrieanum 'Little White Fairy'
Isabella (Neolauchia) virginalis - Susan Anderson
Laelia albida Bateman - Tom Pickford
Cattleya Sun Catcher - Tom Pickford
Dendrochilum saccolabium - Susan Anderson
NOVEMBER SHOW & TELL
Cymbidium elegans - Chen-Hao Hsu
Oncidium - Carolyn FIsher
Rossioglossum Grande 'Van Russ"
Paph. wardii 'Freckles' - Susan Anderson
Sophronitis cernua - Earl Rathbun
Sophronitis coccinea - Earl Rathbun
Cattleya loddigesii v. alba 'Bridal White'
Phrag. Clementine Louise - Amber Powner
Link to see all photos on Google