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London Orchid Show 2011 (1)

This is a discussion on London Orchid Show 2011 (1) within the Orchid Shows and Society Meetings forums, part of the TalkTalk category; I start with a couple of general views ; the show is held in the ...

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    Default London Orchid Show 2011 (1)

    I start with a couple of general views ; the show is held in the RHS Halls ( two of them) and in good years fills both halls with plants; Our mad CITES system where a dealer bringinging in plants is charged approx US$100 per genera for an import permit to bring the plants in, and then if they have any left over and want to take them back, are charged another $80 per genera to take them out ( and on occasions , an export permit has been refused because not requested 6 weeks before the exit date ! ) has discouraged many of my old favourite dealers from many countries, so this year plants are in the New Hall , and botanical art in the Old Hall - both in Westminster near Parliament.
    The rules are a lot simpler and vastly cheaper in Germany for example, which is why I think of going there for my new plants from time to time.... Sorry - end of rant for today !
    I add here a couple of plants snapshots. A box full of Baptistonia echinata ( as I know it) apparently now its a Gomesa ! And finally a plant of Cycnoches barthiorum - I am "into" these Catasetiniae , so this one interested me ; it may be the source of the rare spotted and very beautiful hybrids which are occasionally dangled before me on the internet at prices I couldn't possibly afford ! But I'll be on the lookout for the species too, now I have seen it.
    More pics to follow in a later posting ( its 3 in the morning, and I'm doing this posting waiting for my sleeping draught to make me feel its worth going back to bed- hey ho, the joys of being old ."
    ps My browser is showingb them in a different order to the one I relate, but I guess you will work out which is which.
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    A good overview of the exhibit halls Geoff. The close up of the orchid blooms in your final photo are real stunners. Sorry to hear that the CITIES system is so import/export discouraging and expensive. The fees sound like high tariffs. AL

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    Thanks for the pictures, Geoff. The spotted Cynoches is truly awesome!!! Looking forward to the other pictures.

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    Default The London Orchid Show (2)

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    Maybe not in the same order as appears below ( I haven't worked out why not, maybe its alphabetical and not file names... ? ) :-

    Angraecum sesquipedale - the comet orchid.
    Dendrobium thyrsifolium - I I'm not sure that I can do oit. am always envious when I see a planyt like thisv - but think of the necessary restraint - withoholding water all those months.
    Epidendrum centradenia - thats what it is now called it seems - this is at least the third name for this orchid in my recollection....
    Angulocaste Olympus "Snowdon" - I have never seriously grown these Lycastes or intergenerics from Lycaste , mainoy because well grown they have giant aspidistra like leaves which take up so much space - most or all of which have naturally fallen at the time of flowering - but when I see one like this I am tempted !
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    Default London Orchid Show - 3rd set of pics

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    Another 4 pics from last Saturday ;
    Paph hangianum x malipoensis - the familar goiant size - maybe 5 or even 6 inches across , but nothing else in its favour to grab me, seemed a bit poorish in shape and dull in colour ; maybe I'm just anti giants and obesity...
    Angulocaste Olympus 'Rex' - another clone of this lovely grex - I think I prefr this shape - at least I know I'm looking at an orchid !
    A small part of a batch of Paph sukhakulii on one of the dealers stands.
    Part of the OSGB ( Orchid Society of Great Britain) - which by the way is not quite the National Society it sounds like , more of the London and surrounding area Society really , but they attract a lot of members ( and their subs ) on the basis oif the name alone. However, that's by the way. They were in fact the only Society showing , not surprising when travel to and staying in London is rather difficult and expensive - it can take longer to get there - allowing for the traffic - from somewhere in UK than it would from New York via one of the airports.

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    Great looking show, Geoff. Love all slippers most especially.

    Cheers,
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    Default More London show pics

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    In this posting two shots of one of the larger UK traders stands, and a couple of close ups of interesting orchids on that stand ;
    Coelogyne multiflora -I couldn't believe it was a Coel. at first, until I looked at the bulbs and then peered more closely at the flowers. One quite unknown to me , this.
    And then the Bulbo ; I had seen pics of the species before, but not of this ( rather faintly) purple rachis version ( variety , I suppose).
    Of course many of the hybrids seen will be familiar all round the world - Nelly Isler for example !

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    Default Another four London pics...

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    One of my old friends, formerly on the committee of the British Paph Society. when I was Treasurer there, now a trader specialising in Pleiones.

    And then tghree paph pics.

    The vini is quite the nicest one I have seen for a long time; I don't like those black distorted ones, where the colour comes from too many of those little warts. Wish it was for sale , but when I asked they said they woulkd reserve a division for me, but it would be expensive; I said "three figures ?" and there was a laugh, and "and then some"... I said I had changed my mind.

    A nice group of "whites"v which of course are hardly ever pure white - but paphanatics know what we mean.

    And a group of Esquirolei - it was a much bigger group , but if I got them all in, they would not be big enough on your screen.

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    Default My last 4 pics from London Show

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    Two pics of the Writhlington School display .This is a state school in what is poltely called a rough area , and a brilliantbteacher ( head of science in the school) started this orchid club for the kids after school . The ages by the way are 11- 16 (minimum) or 18 max - when many of the orchid club kids go on to university. They do all their own flasking, seed-raising, and of course growing. They have communal projects with schools in Bhutan ( I think, or maybe its Assam) and also in some South and Central American countries - and go there to teach them about orchid conservation . Usually the local school gets interested, and sends seed pods from the jungle to UK, and the school sends back flasks - and goes and teacyhes them how to raise the seedlings and eevntually sell them in the local markets - instead of wild collected plants being sold . Good for everyone. Everyone in the orchid world in UK is very keen and proud of what they are doing -personally, when I moved house and halved my coillection, the ones I doidn't sell all went to them . . BTW one of the pics shows their sales table - they have flasks of quite a lot of species on offer.
    The other pics here are of part of the flower arranging ( with orchids of couyres) in the other Hall, and a bit of the botanic art ; I'm not sure if rthe words will be legible, its about the centenary of Barbara Everard, famous US orchid artist - with Kew offering a set of 18 prints of her work for a mere few thousand pounds sterling ... can't say I was knocked over in the rush .

    I hope you found these few pics of one of our major shows, interesting.

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    thank you for showing us! lovely!!

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