This is the season when the Dendrobium speciosum struts its stuff. I went to see an Australian Orchids display last weekend and they dominated. In fact they hid everything else from sight as I walked into the Memorial Hall at Frenchs Forest. They are big and bold and easy to grow; no wonder that they are so popular.
Orchid Society members put their plants on display in competition once a month in addition to public displays once or twice every season. Sometimes they charge a few dollars for entry to offset their expenses. It is an opportunity for novices like me to see the potential of different species and to ask for advice. Seeing the plants at their best helps me gauge the progress of my own.
Dendrobium kingianums :
It was near the end of show and they cleared the ribbons and awards for their photographer. Alas the room was filled with smoke from the local burn off. It had been a dry winter and the fire department decided to burn off some of the fuel to reduce risks of bushfires in the coming summer.
This post has taken me a week to write because, like the rest of Sydney I have the flu.