Popped back to the Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Show in Te Puke this afternoon – delighted to learn that the Tauranga Orchid Society stand had won first prize and that a plant grown by Tauranga member Brian Enticott was judged Grand Champion of the show.
Paphiopedilum Gary Romagna is a cross between P. Saint Swithin and
P. rothschildianum, with Saint Swithin itself a cross between P. rothschildianum and P. philippinense var. roebelinii. The single stem had four glorious blooms on it. Brian recalls that when it was last awarded, the plant had two stems but not as many flowers on each one. The name he was able to add then – Palm Beach – commemorates where he lives at Papamoa.
Reserve champion was a vibrant Dendrobium Jairak ‘Ruby’ grown by Richard Christensen of Napier. Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t do justice to the colour of the flowers which was both richer and darker.
Richard’s father Carl Christensen had last year’s Grand Champion orchid, which had also been Reserve champion in 2015. See a photo of it here.