Orchids herald spring

Tweed District Orchid Society president Bob Sullivan with champion grower Brian Miller sharing a bit of their colour.
Tweed District Orchid Society president Bob Sullivan with champion grower Brian Miller sharing a bit of their colour. Blainey Woodham

AN orchid society chose to celebrate the first day of spring with a little colour of “red and yellow and pink and blue ...”

The Tweed District Orchid Society had a show for the first day of spring at Jessie McMillan Hall in Murwillumbah. Society president Bob Sullivan said many of the orchids flowered at this time of year.

“All the Australian natives and the soft canes come out in the spring, and the cymbidiums,” Mr Sullivan said.

“A lot of people in the area grow orchids because most can be grown just under shade cloth. Mr Sullivan said the show was not as big as in previous years because of the weather.

“The wet weather we had recently knocked the natives about a bit,” he said.

Mr Sullivan said the champion orchids were still great quality.

“We are looking for a good shape, and show-bench condition. That means the flower is not marked or chewed.”  

Brian Miller presented one of the champions selected in this year’s show.

“I have grown orchids most of my life. It’s the beauty and the challenge to get them to flower,” Mr Miller said.

“This (champion orchid) is a New Guinea highland species and it’s easy to grow here. I guess our environment is very similar.”  

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