Pot O’ Orchids show

25 03 2018

(photo by Peter Krape)

On the last day of the Windward Orchid Society’s Spring Orchid Show in Kaneohe, Oahu, you can sometimes find plants marked down. I got a deal, said the seller, when I picked up four in a box — three blooming phalaenopsis plants and one dendrobium all for $35. The cashier concurred, “You got a deal!”

I love their names: Phal. Showpiece (yellowish flowers on the left), Phal. Magic Art (the lavender one), and the dendrobium B2495 D.Maradona Pearl.

The Show is held in the Kaneohe Amory/King Intermediate School Gym. Various orchid society clubs mount competitive displays, vying for awards and trophies of turned-wood and handmade ceramic bowls; those are on center court. Around the perimeter are the sales tables. If you see something you like in the exhibits, you can look to buy one from a grower. The bromeliad and succulent societies share the floor, too.

Lectures and how-to workshops are offered in one corner. When you get hungry you may check out the snack bar.

I hope these images that caught my eye will give you the county-fair flavor of the event.

V. Tharab Blue by Walter Hiraishi wins Best Blue Vandaceous award

Den. Waianae Profusion by Cristin Wong wins Best in Show, Governor’s Trophy, and Best Flowering Specimen Plant Award

Big-bowl trophies

Best of Cattleya Other Color Award goes to Rth. Carolina Golden D’or ‘Lenette #2’ by Scot and Karen Mitamura


Phal. Circus by grower Kumano

Pam Waki’s Best White Phalaenopsis in Show is Phal. Chainport Whiteyuki ‘Pam’ AM/HOS

Best Species in Show is this Den. smilliae, that also was declared Most Unusual Orchid. By H & R Nurseries. Whole plant pictured below.

Best Display in Show by Ewa Orchid Society

Best of Miniature Species: Den. tanii. By H & R Nurseries

This topiary of a dog covered in succulents was the cutest. In honor of the Year of the Dog.

Huge American and Hawaiian national flags

Snack bar menu board

Declutter for the year of the tiger

10 02 2010

The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Tiger starts this February 14, presenting another chance for me to declutter the studio and garden. A few more days to get rid of the stale energy to make room for the new — key to continuing the healing.

Last week I blessed the Punahou Carnival plant booth with several small avocado trees that I’d been nurturing for five months and about 175 strong bromeliad plants that had spread from where perhaps a dozen were first placed 20 years ago in the front yard.

Pulling out the broms uncovered quite a few vanda orchid plants. I call them lei vandas, but their correct name is Vanda Miss Joaquin. I haven’t seen them commercially for a long time. On Oahu, their popularity has been replaced by dendrobium orchids from Thailand. (Imagine!)

When I was a girl in Wahiawa, Uncle Harry and Aunty Edna who lived next door had a farm and a garden that included these vandas. On special occasions, when visitors would arrive from overseas, or when someone was going away, Aunty Edna would let me pick the flowers to make lei.

She sometimes separated the blossom and strung the bottom half maunaloa style into a lei of saturated color that resembled the look of a lei of flowers from the maunaloa vine. (Maunaloa is one of those plants that cannot be taken out of Hawaii.) She needed a lot of blossoms for this style of lei.

The color of a fresh maunaloa style vanda lei was as intense as the magenta akulikuli blossoms from the ice plant (Lampranthus multiradiatus) that grew on both sides of Uncle Harry and Aunty Edna’s walkway from the street to the front steps. Beautiful! Aunty Edna made akulikuli lei too! Now these are rarely seen.

These memories inspired me to clean and re-pot my lei vandas where they will have more air and sunlight among some native kupukupu fern that I relocated from the side of the garage. I mapped out some garden paths to make the place more interesting and inviting. I guess I’ve taken on the delightful pastime of re-landscaping the garden!

The vandas aren’t blooming at the moment, but I thought you might like to see what they could look like in their prime. Photographer Dominic Kite of Scotland has given me permission to link to his photo of Vanda Miss Joaquin. Thank you Dominic! If you want to see more of Dominic’s photos, you may go to his website dominickite.com. But for the moment, click on this link:

Vanda Miss Joaquin by Dominic Kite

Related articles from Sept. 2009 (see Earlier Posts in the sidebar):

“Sweet memories and coming home, part 1,” Sept. 7, 2009

“Gratitude for my abundant garden,” Sept. 8, 2009

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke

A cattleya full of cheer

6 11 2009

I’ve been down with a seasonal bug, but this cattleya plant cheered me up. This morning I noticed five new fragrant blooms that weren’t open last night. This orchid has been in our collection for years and seems to have adapted well to the culture here. Its label is long gone, so I can’t pass on the correct name. I thought you might imagine its sweet scent and enjoy the flowers too.

Cattleya © 2009 Rebekah Luke

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