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The Southern Ontario Orchid Society Show is this coming weekend (February 13 & 14) and I'm looking to be prepared this year. Last year I was barely starting out in orchids and went with a short list of things to look out for in the show and things to try to buy. At the end of the day I was overwhelmed by the massive range of plants exhibited and available and walked away with only one plant, my Aerangis biloba and a much increased desire to know more about orchids.
Dendrochilum sp., Picture taken at SOOS Show, 2009
Over the past year (past two months especially) I have read so much about orchids, learned a lot and collected a few. I've decided to focus my collection over the next year on primarily the groups of orchids I have had most success with - Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum (had success but not so much looking to increase numbers here), Angraecoid orchids (possibly one of my favourite groups of orchids) and Jewel orchids. Oncidiums are likely a group I will be branching out into so I will not rule them out here.
Dendrobiums are something I will be looking into eventually but not yet - I don't really have anywhere suitable to give even the most forgiving hybrids the winter rest they need. Dens also need brighter light than I can promise them. Cattleyas need more light as well so I'll be holding off on more of those for the time being as well, though if the ones I already have start to do well that will change. That won't be this week at any rate so for this year no Catts.
Odbrs. Fangtastic Bob Henley, Picture taken at SOOS Show, 2009
This flower reminds me of a ripe banana and I think I'd buy one if I saw it for sale.
So this year I fully intend to buy at least:
If I either can't find any of the above plants (or have money left over) then I would consider:
Dendrobium kingianum, Picture taken at SOOS Show, 2009
Another thing I will do is where possible record the names of the orchids I take pictures of. I think from last year I can figure out at least the group each orchid is from though after the show I found myself very confused about some things... Such as everything to do with the Dendrobium purpureum var. alba below. So this year, snap a shot of the name after getting the flower.
Dendrobium purpureum var. alba, Picture taken at SOOS Show, 2009