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FLOS Meeting tonight

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    Default FLOS Meeting tonight

    Tonight, I had the pleasure of attending my first FLOS (Ft. Lauderdale Orchid Society) meeting, and it was even more exciting, because I got to meet our very own Margo face to face for the first time. Margo was even nice enough to do the driving, and it was lovely to have a face to put with the name, and the voice on the telephone.

    We were both really good, and didn't buy anything. LOL Margo joined the society, and I'll be sending in my dues later in the month. I am excited though, because I gave them a check for the overnight ramble that's taking place later this month. For a short time, they weren't sure they'd have enough people going and thought they might have to cancel it.

    Tonight's topic was Vandas, and we saw a presentation of some beautiful Vanda photos, presented by Patrick O'Day, who is the youngest commercial grower in Hawaii.

    I had taken loads of photos of the wonderful ribbon winners, but as luck would have it, my memory card was not seated correctly and I wound up with nothing. I took a few more once I discovered that, but since the judges were showing and telling about the winners, I didn't want to interfere. Here are a few I did manage to shoot, although I don't have the official names.

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    And I can't forget my favorite of the night, which unfortunately did not have a tag on it.

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    All in all, it was a lovely evening, and we met some very nice people!!


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    Nice pics, Anne!

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    very nice anne , they are all beauties love the 3rd pics , thanks for sharing.

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    The last picture looks like my Paph American which did not have a tag on it when I bought it but I looked up the grower and all the cultivated was a hybrid called Paph American but I do not know the family background to it, I will see if I have a photo of when mine was in bloom, I found one!! they come in slightly different shapes as with most hybrids but it looks very similar.
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    Congrats on your first orchid soc meeting. And how nice to have met another RVO member!

    Thank you for the lovely photos... really like the second photo!

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    I love that you got to meet an RVO member in person. It is so wonderful to get that opportunity. Lovely photos too. I can't wait to hear about the overnight orchid trip!!

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    sounds like a fun time! What is "overnight ramble"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    sounds like a fun time! What is "overnight ramble"
    Ron, this is from the FLOS website, and explains it in pretty good detail:

    "Overnight Ramble

    Our second type of ramble is our annual overnight ramble. We alternate years between visiting Florida's Gulf Coast nurseries, and its up-state nurseries. We limit ramblers to one per bus seat, and we bag our lunches on Saturday, the first day. After our last stop that day, we often soften the trip to the motel with wine and cheese. On Sunday, we usually visit only one or two nurseries, because by that time the bus undercarriage is full and boxes of new plants are often placed in the only vacant spots on the bus — our laps. Finally, no one is saying, "I just came for the fun; I won't buy any plants."

    A good bus ramble is not an accident and requires big-time preplanning. First, the leader checks in Orchids to make sure the growers will be at their nurseries, and not away at a show. Then a bus company is contracted for the selected date. After that, growers are contacted, a bus route picked, and nurseries are told when to expect us. It is important to know travel time in planning a ramble, since the growers bring in extra staff to deal with a crowd of people who will only be there for an hour or less. Our schedule may look like this: Leave 8 am; arrive at Stop One 9:15 am; depart Stop One 10 am; arrive at Stop Two 10:30 am; leave Stop Two 11:30 am. The duration of any stop is based on the size of the business.

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    This year, it will be to the Northern nurseries.

    I am very excited about this.

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    Anne, that sounds like so much fun! I wish they did something like that here in the East Bay, Ca. I would be first on the bus. Tell us all about your ramble- with pix

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