Bloomin' marvellous orchid a big winner
MACLEAN orchid grower Brian Donaghy carried off the Grand Champion award at Woolgoolga's recent Spring Orchid Show.
The judges selected his plant, which also won the award for a Champion Phalaenopsis Hybrid, from a strong field of colourful orchids of many different varieties at the show, which attracted a large crowd.
Brian said the plant, which he grew from a tiny seedling, was a hybrid of Taisyco Wonder "Kingscar'' and Tomo Arenus "The Eiger'' and had been growing for almost four years to reach its present glory.
He said he now had about 400 phalaenopsis plants at home.
"It keeps me busy since I moved to town," Brian said.
"I used to live on a farm and I don't know what I'd do in town without the orchids."
Asked the formula for his prize-winning plant, Brian said the secret ingredient was Woolgoolga's Gordon Clark.
"I do what Gordon tells me," Brian said. "He's the phalaenopsis grower and I do what he says."