"These Are A Few of My Favorite Things" CAIOS at NH Show 2017
Old Man Winter. brewed up a storm for NH Orchid Society set up, so, I went a day ahead and found like-minded geniuses moving in too. We helped each other with carrying, door holding and congratulating each other on our clever early arrival. Because of another event ongoing, we packed a teensy storeroom with orchids, ate too much at the Hotel “Bistro” and fell asleep, thankful to be there ahead of the snowflakes.
All vendors and all but 2 Societies made it through a foot of new snow and created a lovely set of displays.
The CAIOS exhibit was crowded with my flood of warm colored Oncidiums, center and right. Tina’s white and purples on the left somewhat balanced the colors. Cathy Fewore’s colored Phalaenopsis and Coelogyne helped too. A few big Cymbidiums topped off the scene. The overall effect was a bit too crowded, but spectacular in color with Wilsonara and Odontocidium sprays arching over the center.
The Show theme was: “These are a Few of My Favorite Things”. So, I added a package tied up with strings and labelled "Orchid Plants"
FROM: The Von Trapp Orchid Company and
TO: Brown, Smith and Jones, East Overshoe, NH
I left the lines from the song on a little card next to the package of Orchid Plants - “Brown Paper Packages tied up with Strings,--These Are a Few of My Favorite Things.” --Fun
Dick and Ellie Phillips from Westport, MA staged their own exhibit near ours and brought up only 9 or so, But; Wow! What great plants! Their separate exhibit featured huge, magnificent plants, dominated by a Dendrobium mohlianum cross with hundreds of yellow flowers on a 3 foot high specimen. Many ribbons too.
The official ribbon results are pending from the NHOS website but we did get some 15 or so, including:
Best Oncidium in Show for Wils.(Oda. Petit Port ‘Woolsey’ X Wils. Geneva Red ‘Rosie’) a Tom Perlite Hybrid
Best Cymbidium in Show for Cym. No Name - miniature light red
AND New Hampshire has a clever Award for the —
Best No Name Orchid in Show The SAME Cymbidium as above!
Sunday teardown was thwarted by another snow event, and not until Tuesday did our rather dried out plants come home.
A fine event but rather strenuous for me at my tender age of ?? — Tom Gregg