My latest undertakings are breeding our own Cattleyas which mainly take 7 years to flower. A long wait but some are flowering now and the wait has been worthwhile. I want plants that no one else has in the world, everyone can buy a clone. It is a large tedious job repotting all our orchids every two years but we both get stuck into it and make the job fun.
There are a few family discussions along the way.
I find orchid growing the same as life,
you only get out what you put in.
John & Kaye Green
Bulbophyllum lobbii 'Murph'
ACE/AOC 2010 (QLD) 89.3 04/12/2010 Owner: Green J. & K.
Petals yellow-orange 163B, striped greyed purple 183B. Dorsal sepal greyed orange 163B, spotted greyed red 178A. Lateral sepals yellow-orange 163B, striped greyed purple 183B. Labellum greyed orange 163B. One hundred & eighty three flowers/ 32 buds. Stems 340mm. FCC pts = 88.1
Bulbophyllum lobbii 'Murph'
FCC/AOC 2010 (QLD) 88.1 04/12/2010 Owner: Green J. & K.
Petals yellow-orange 163B, striped greyed purple 183B. Dorsal sepal greyed orange 163B, spotted greyed red 178A. Lateral sepals yellow-orange 163B, striped greyed purple 183B. Labellum greyed orange 163B. One hundred & eighty three flowers/ 32 buds. Stems 340mm. ACE pts = 89.3
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Kaye and I have always been interested in flowers not
necessary orchids and still are as we appreciate all kinds
of plants. Everyone thinks we only have orchids, we have
approx. 5000 of those but also 2 acres of garden that we
are very proud of.
We both originate from Townsville in Nth. Queensland and nearly every garden has some native orchids growing on trees and we were no exception. We moved to Gympie in 1983 to small crop farm (beans, peas and zucchinis), a hard life but we enjoyed seeing things grow. We went broke because of drought in 1991 and 1992 . It refused to rain. We didnít lose our farm but both went and got casual jobs to pay the bills. I was not satisfied with just this so I was given some Orchids by my brother in Townsville. I was always told orchids were only for the very wealthy and they were very difficult to grow.
I killed my first orchids by growing them like vegetables. Killed them with kindness. As we didnít have much money and couldnít afford to kill them I decided to join the Gympie Orchid Society to learn how to grow my orchids. That was in 1996. I soon found out meetings were not the place to do this as it came across as growing was a big secret. What I did get out of the club was friendship and by talking and visiting members I found out how to grow. At one of the meetings one of the senior members was doing a plant commentary and said a certain plant had dicuphum in it. I thought that was a disease and didnít want to show my ignorance by asking questions. So when I arrived home I said to Kaye I am going to learn as much about orchids as I can so I started reading every book I could get my hands on. I still study every day even now as you could live 3 lifetimes and still be learning.
I started the judging course in 1998 to learn more and help the club, as most of our judges are mature. The course takes 5 years and I found it gave me a lot of confidence, as you have to speak in front of your peers.
In 2008 I took over as the training officer of the judges as I wanted to give a little back to the orchid fraternity. I stood down last year to concentrate on orchid breeding. We became very involved with the society and part of that is helping other clubs by erecting displays at their shows.
We found this very rewarding because we met so many nice people. I also am a competitive person and wanted to win my share of the ribbons.
We have achieved that by winning at least 40 grand champions and the same amount of reserve champions plus 100ís of first prize ribbons. This is when Kaye became involved, as she is a lot artier than me with putting displays together. We also have joined Noosa and South Burnett Orchid Societies to help and pass on growing tips.
The ultimate in orchid growing is to have an orchid awarded a Major Award and I have achieved this - 15 times.
We received the highest award possible with Bulb. lobbii ĎMurphí which received an FCC and a cultural award of ACE. Both of these are the highest.
AOC Date Award
4763 03/05/2013 ACM/AOC 2013 (QLD) 82 points
Bulbophyllum rothschildianum 'john' - 720 flowers
4522 10/05/2012 ACM/AOC 2012 (QLD) 81.4 points
Cattleya trianae 'kaye' 62 flowers
4520 04/05/2012 AM/AOC 2012 (QLD) 81.6 points
Den. Cooloola Cove 'shirley' 42 flowers
4224 04/12/2010 ACE/AOC 2010 (QLD) 89.3 points
Bulbophyllum lobbii 'murph' 183 flowers
4223 04/12/2010 FCC/AOC 2010 (QLD) 88.1 points
Bulbophyllum lobbii 'murph' 183 flowers
4211 06/11/2010 AM/AOC 2010 (QLD) 81.9 points
Cattleya schilleriana 'Oro'
4147 17/04/2010 AM/AOC 2010 (QLD) 82
Rth. Free Horizon 'kaye' 2 flowers
3986 03/09/2009 HCC/AOC 2009 (QLD) 78.5
C. Dendi's Perfection 'kaye' 2 flowers
3946 01/05/2009 HCC/AOC 2009 (QLD) 78
C. Jungle Queen 'glenlee' 13 flowers
3922 11/09/2008 ACM/AOC 2008 (QLD) 80
Dendrochilum latifolium 'kaye' appox. 5500 flowers
3917 07/01/2009 HCC/AOC 2009 (QLD) 78.7
Van. Pine Rivers 'kaye' 17 flowers
3914 13/12/2008 HCC/AOC 2008 (QLD) 77.6
Paph. Saint Swithin 'kaye' 4 flowers
3905 20/03/2008 AM/AOC 2008 (QLD) 81.8
Den. Cherub 'ray' 37 flowers
3536 15/02/2006 AM/AOC 2006 (QLD) 80.9
Den. Andrew Green 'kaye' 29 flowers
3402 02/06/2005 AM/AOC 2005 (QLD) 81.4
C. Dal's Choice 'Kate'
ORCHID JUDGING SYSTEM
There are seven Regional Judging Panels which administer the AOC judging system in their respective regions. The Regional Registrars of these Regional Judging Panels, together with the AOC Registrar General of Judging comprise the AOC Judging & Awards Standing Committee. Some of the Regional Panels have established Sub-regional Panels for logistical reasons. These Sub-regional Panels, where they exist, are under the management of the Regional Registrar and operate as authorised by the Regional Registrar according to the rules of the AOC.
A number of judging methods have been employed over the years and standards have been, and continue to be, constantly reviewed to allow for new developments. Since January 1999, all orchids are judged by general appreciation rather than the former regimented system of points for certain features of the bloom. A panel of at least five fully accredited judges is required to make an award. The panel then passes the application, photos etc on to the Australian Orchid Council's Registrar General via the state Deputy. Awards are now shown thus: FCC/AOC (year).
The following are the AOC Award categories:
FCC First Class Certificate 85 points or more of possible 100
AM Award of Merit 80 to 85 points
HCC Highly Commended Certificate 75 to 80 points
AD Award of Distinction awarded for distinctive attributes e.g. colour
CBM Certificate of Botanical Merit
ACE Award of Cultural Excellence 85 points or more of possible 100
ACM Award of Cultural Cultural Merit 80 to 85 points
ACC Award of Cultural Commendation 75 to 80 points
ASR Award of Special Recognition