Another challenging and successful year for Cedarvale Orchids - and this is our 10th year in the business. You will see from our events page that we have participated in a large number of Orchid Shows in Queensland and New South Wales during 2007 and we have found it very satisfying to receive follow-up communication from people who have gotten to know of us after meeting us at Shows or seeing our displays.
We are continuing to meet a number of you as we move around the country attending some of the orchid shows and look forward to getting your feedback, both good and bad, on the plant and flower quality. We only keep a small number of the plants we breed through to flowering and thus do not really know the outcome of most crosses. But sometimes we don't get much time to have a chat at our stand. But if you get to us by mail, electronic or 'snail', we will always get back to you with a response. But even better if you are passing by our patch drop in for a cuppa and a chat and I promise not to pester you to buy anything. But always phone before you come - you might get very unfriendly if you come all the way out to find no-one home and the gate locked.
Travelling to and attendance at shows together with preparation and forwarding of orders to customers can be a bit of a juggling act. Ross and I look back on the year with a great deal of satisfaction - we committed ourselves and we achieved our goals!!!
We have added a few new shows to our list this year namely the Australian Open Garden Scheme show at Dakabin, the Queensland Gardening Expo at Nambour and the Toowoomba Flower, Wine and Food Festival in Toowoomba.
We take great pleasure in promoting the Cooktown Orchid during Autumn Shows - we have achieved much success with our Den bigibbum stock and have now added a selection of hard cane crosses to our listing which seem to grow very successfully in our 'neck of the woods' in our specially built tunnelhouse. Our opening lists are a combination of mericlone intermediates and phalaenanthe type dendrobiums from overseas and some breeding from our limited but high quality parent stock. Obviously these plants may require heat for southern customers but for those of you with the appropriate environment there should be some interesting plants to add to your collection. And let me say that some of the seedling D. bigibbum have produced flowers that I could only describe as exceptional - and I hope to increase the number of these exceptional plants with further breeding.
Below is a picture of the benching display of Den speciosum together with a picture of Cedarvale Orchids display at the 2007 West Brisbane Orchid Society Spring Show.
Den speciosum 'Samford Ivory Star' won Grand Champion at the September 2007 Orchid Species Spring Show at Mt Coot-tha:
Den. speciosum var curvicaule 'Dave's Moon #2' won Champion Australian Native Species at the 2007 West Brisbane Orchid Society Spring Show.
Stall display at the Toowoomba Flower Wine & Food Festival in September 2007.