February Orchid Society Meeting!

February's Northwest Orchid Society Meeting had Peter Lin of Diamond Orchids come out to talk to us about Miniature Cattleyas and sell some cute miniature orchids. (Of which, I got two.)

One of our orchid MC's for the evening speaking about each plant on the bloom table! 

One of our orchid MC's for the evening speaking about each plant on the bloom table! 

A miniature orchid has foliage that isn't more than 6 inches in height. 


A micro orchid has foliage that isn't more than 4 inches in height. 

What I personally found interesting, from my orchid newbie perspective, was some of these tiny plants had blooms 3 or 4 inches across and some of them blooming multiple times a year! Pretty neat! 

The structure of the meeting went as such: announcements, bloom table, break, speaker and raffle. One was able to purchase orchids at any point in the meeting. ;)

Anyway, this is a pretty picture-heavy post. Let's look at what was on the bloom table of my orchid society!

How darling is this Lepanthes calodictyon?

How darling is this Lepanthes calodictyon?

Do you see the monkey face?

Do you see the monkey face?

A Coelogyne Cristata one of our members has had since he was 13 years old! This plant was huge! (It has been larger!) The blooms were so fragrant! 

A Coelogyne Cristata one of our members has had since he was 13 years old! This plant was huge! (It has been larger!) The blooms were so fragrant! 

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So much Paphiopedilum on the end of the bloom table. Some plants that was incredibly rare to see in the hobby. A lot of it totally went over my head since I'm still new to orchids. If you are into Paphs and are in Seattle, JOIN US. There are some super knowlegeable folks here. 

So much Paphiopedilum on the end of the bloom table. Some plants that was incredibly rare to see in the hobby. A lot of it totally went over my head since I'm still new to orchids. If you are into Paphs and are in Seattle, JOIN US. There are some super knowlegeable folks here. 

I feel like I'm pretty lucky to have, what I feel, is a robust orchid society. There are quite a few people who all have such a fleshed out facet (or two) of this hobby to share with inquiring minds, like mine. Dues are a relatively low at 35~ish dollars per year. There is a ton of free information and unique plants for sale. I'm able to to see flowering orchids and speak with the people who bloom them. In my opinion, totally worth it!

If you haven't already, check out your local orchid society, today!