2015 All State Orchid Societies meeting

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Oct. 10, 2015: We missed last year’s Michigan All State Orchid Societies meeting with Norito Hasegawa because I was feeling under the weather. We greatly regret not being there last year. This year, both Larry and I were nursing a cold but we couldn’t miss out again so we topped off on meds and took the trip to Lansing (the Greater Lansing Orchid Society is the hosting society venue).

This year, the speaker is Chris Purver, curator of the Eric Young Orchid Foundation in the Isle of Jersey, UK. His presentation was absolutely fascinating and inspiring. It was such a bummer that the plants he was supposed to bring into town with him did not make it out of the UK. New Vision Orchids to the rescue and had plants for sale, though.

Phal. Summer Wine 'Harry Vernon' AM/AOS
Phal. Summer Wine ‘Harry Vernon’ AM/AOS

Phal. Summer Wine 'Harry Vernon' AM/AOS
The flowers of this plant is very fragrant. Larry really wanted this plant not only because it’s strikingly beautiful but because it’s Russ’s own awarded plant. We love getting opportunities to get pieces of awarded plants from the original growers themselves!

Phal. Summer Wine 'Harry Vernon' AM/AOS
The color of the flowers are incredibly saturated. The back of the flowers shows it!

Onc. ornithorhyncumOnc. ornithorhyncum

Onc. ornithorhyncum
There are 22 inflorescence on this plant!

Onc. ornithorhyncum
When Russ was putting this plant on the table, we first thought it was an Oncidium Twinkle. He corrected us that it’s one of the Twinkle’s parent. We asked to buy it before it hit the table.

Onc. ornithorhyncum
Each little flower is crazy cute!

Habenaria medusa
Habenaria medusa

Habenaria medusa
Yes, we actually got a Habeneria medusa…

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It’s a freaking Habenaria medusa! One of our bucket list plants!

To round out the beautiful plants we brought home today, our fellow orchid society member Claire gave us this struggling Phrag to see if we can rehab it.

Phrag. Fox Valley Fireball (Barbara LeAnn x Rosalie Dixler 'Fox Valley' AM/AOS)
Phrag. Fox Valley Fireball (Barbara LeAnn x Rosalie Dixler ‘Fox Valley’ AM/AOS)

Phrag. Fox Valley Fireball internet picture
(picture from Internet) Such beautiful flowers! Getting this plant brings us back to the days when we would pick up every rescue orchid we can find (several of which we actually still have!) Hopefully, we get this plant to thrive! THANKS, CLAIRE!

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