Australian Native Orchids in Spring

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.

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These bloom are impressive but click on the image to zoom into the far corner where the Grand Champion lurks; almost invisible.  Or see below.

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.

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I am glad the tiny blooms of the dockrillia caught the judges eyes; they are my favourite natives

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Small but mine

Sarcochilus falcatus:

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Dendrobium kingianums :

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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.

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This post has taken me a week to write because, like the rest of Sydney I have the flu.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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8 Responses to Australian Native Orchids in Spring

  1. Computer glitch means I have only just read this, lovely post, lovely orchids, beastly flu. Get well soon!

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  2. taphian says:

    I really enjoyed looking at all these wonderful flowers and plants, dear Mary. I love orchids, too and have 10 at home but not such beautiful ones. Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re fine, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  3. Wonderful displays well photographed. I trust you are on the mend now

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  4. Beautiful post. Feel better!

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