Bloomin' good orchids on show this week
PATIENCE, love and care might sound like qualities you need to raise a family, but the same qualities apply for producing prize-winning orchids, according to an award-winning Tweed grower.
Bernie You and his wife Ivy, members of the Tweed District Orchid Society, have recently won awards from the Australian Orchid Council after entering a few of their best blooms.
Their most notable wins were for a Paphiopedilum esquirolei. A Dendrobium Frazer's Canary Twister, also collected an Award of Merit.
But the couple's first major award was last year when they took out Grand Champion at an orchid show at the Tweed Civic Centre.
"I can't share many secrets to growing a good orchid except for caring for it and a lot of time and patience," Bernie says.
"All orchids are different, so it is very important to observe your plant through the whole process.
"We have always been gardeners but it is only probably the last four years or so that we have become serious about entering orchids in competition.
"That Hirsutissimum was called 'Ivy' as well, so my wife's name is a lucky charm I guess."
The Orchid Society's Winter Show kicks off tomorrow at Tweed City Shopping Centre outside Coles.
The public will be treated to a large range of orchid species and hybrids in all colours, textures and sizes.
The Yous' winners along with several other champion orchids grown by local society members, Bill and Margaret Brown, will be on display from 8am, with the show continuing through until 3pm on Saturday, May 23.
Society members will be on hand to answer any questions and sell excess stock on all three days of the show.