NOBLE EMERY (1919-2016)
Noble Emery of Napa passed away this past Tuesday at home with family at his side. Noble has been in declining health and decided on his own terms that enough was enough and that he was "ready to leave".
For the past 40 years, Noble has been a pillar in many of the Bay Area Orchid Societies, as an active member and dedicated volunteer at orchid-related events. His presence will be missed.
Mr. Emery was featured in the Napa Valley Register's feature about the Napa Valley Orchid Society's 2015 Show and Sale with the following commentary:
Although Napa resident Noble Emery is 96 now, he will never forget the thrill of falling in love with orchids.
He was walking down the street in Tokyo, Japan, where he was stationed in 1951, when he saw the most beautiful flowers he had ever seen in the window of a small mom and pop grocery store. Deeply smitten, Emery vowed to make orchids a part of his life.
It would be years before he could grow his own orchids, with the frequent moves he made to various posts throughout his military career, but his passion for the Cattleya orchids, that had caught his eye, never wavered.
When he retired from the military in 1981, Emery made up for lost time by filling three greenhouses on his property with orchids and joining five orchid societies. The “Oncidium Beatrice,” named after Emery’s wife, was registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in London and made the cover of an Australian orchid show.
“It is wonderful to see boys and girls coming into our orchid society. Someday those of us who are older will be gone and it is nice to know the younger people will carry on for us,” Emery said.
Over the past few years, Noble's health prevented him from driving, but with the assistance of his daughter Carol (top picture), Noble still surprised many by regularly attending orchid society meetings throughout the Bay Area. He volunteered at shows with "Plant Hotels", judging and even helping with providing supplies for sale and answering questions from new orchid growers.
He had been granted "Lifetime Member" status with the Napa Valley Orchid Society.
Noble was instrumental in developing the judging process at the Napa Valley Orchid Society's annual show and sale. He also made sure to acquire basic supplies for beginners and provide those items for sale at society meetings that were not available at typical retail outlets. Mr. Emery participated for a number of years as one of the editors for the NVOS newsletter. In short, Noble was a "go to guy".
Noble's mind was quick and this was proven during the NVOS' October feature presentation of Kathy Barrett's "The Great Orchid Quiz", as Noble was the only one to answer the origin of the "Blue Orchid". He knew his orchids.
Noble was proceeded by his wife Beatrice who passed away peacefully on April 16, 2004. Beatrice shared Noble's passion for orchids, was involved in numerous Bay Area societies and enjoyed crafts. He is survived by three daughters and their families.
Services for Noble will be private as he was always a humble person never seeking the limelight.
If you wish to send word to Carol, his daughter, please reply to this notice for contact information.
Noble graciously decided to donate his varied collection of orchids to the upcoming Napa Valley Orchid Society's annual auction on May 13th. Everybody is welcome to attend and help with this wish that his orchids go to good homes. All proceeds of the auction benefit the NVOS general operating fund.
A special note to Bay Area Orchid Societies, please feel free to use the picture of Carol and Noble from the 2015 NVOS Holiday Party and text to inform your own membership of this loss to the Orchid World in a way you see fit.
Noble and his daughter Carol at the NVOS 2015 Holiday Party (photo by Karen O., President of NVOS)
The NVOS Annual Orchid Auction
Friday, May 13th at 7:00PM
Members of the Napa Valley Orchid Society, in order to make some room in their collections, will donate orchids of many varieties for all those in attendance to bid on. All proceeds support the NVOS.
Don't let the word "Auction" scare you - there are many steals and deals of orchids you will not find in other typical outlets. These orchids have been grown in the Napa area, and not imported from areas like over-seas.
For information on these and other up-coming events, feel free to contact the NVOS at .
Come Hang with SCOS! A mounting, hands on party for all! Featuring a wonderful selection of species and hybrids from Exotic Orchids of Maui and other wonderful surprises! Cost: $5.00 per plant. The Society will supply all tools and supplies. Where: Santa Rosa Veterans Building 6:30pm.
May 21st & 22nd , 2016
9:00 am to 3 pm
D & D Flowers Spring Open-house
At the new location on 169 1st Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014(D&D Flowers is not open to the public except during the spring and fall scheduled open houses)
Directions 280 South from San Francisco: Take the Eastmoore exit and veer to the right onto Sullivan Avenue. At the stop light, make a right onto Washington Street (service station on the right and Krispy Kream Donut at opposite corner). Go over the freeway, through Junipero Serra Blvd to San Pedro (Catholic Church at intersection). Make a left onto San Pedro and continue through Mission Street between Bank of America and Wendy’s. At the stop sign, make a left onto 1st Avenue. Greenhouse is on the right hand side of the 3rd house with the red garage and a sign reading Demattei Nursery. Enter the gate of the chain link fence with red lattice on the left hand side of the red garage.
Directions 280 north of Hicky Blvd.: Take the Pacifica/Eastmoore Avenue exit and veer to the right to the Eastmoore Avenue exit. At the stop light, you would like to be on the 2nd lane to the left. Turn left onto Junipero Serra Blvd and at the stop light; make a right turn onto San Pedro Road. Then continue through Mission Street between Bank of America and Wendy’s. At the stop sign, make a left onto 1st Avenue. Greenhouse is on the right hand side of the 3rd house with the red garage and a sign reading Demattei Nursery. Enter the gate of the chain link fence with red lattice on the left hand side of the red garage.
Please drive safely. Limited street parking so please car pool. Do not park within the chain link fence.
Mahalo for your cooperation!!!!!!
- If you are a single passenger, please double up to allow couples to sit together.
- Please bring an empty box to store orchids that you buy.
- Pack a lunch.
- SCOS will supply bottled water and snacks.
- Times are approximate and may vary based on traffic conditions.
- The bus will leave promptly. Please arrive earlier than the departure times. We cannot wait for late arrivals.
- Please be aware that access to two of the greenhouses will require walking down and up steep grades.
8:00 am - Santa Rosa: Bus leaves from the parking lot under Highway 12, across from the Santa Rosa Vet’s Bldg.
8:20 am - Petaluma: Pick-up from Petaluma Fairgrounds Park and Ride adjacent to the Petaluma Library on East Washington Street.
8:50 am - San Rafael: Pick-up from San Rafael Park & Ride at CitiBank, 666 3rd Street.
4:15 pm - Return to San Rafael Park & Ride.
4:45 pm - Petaluma Fairgrounds Park & Ride.
5:10 pm - Santa Rosa
D&D Flowers/ Dennis Olivas - An amazing wide variety of species & hybrids.
The Tiny Jungle/ Chris Mende- Specializing in Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums.
Hawk Hill Orchids/ John Leathers & Bob Hamilton- Award winning hybridizers of Masdevallias, Odontoglossums & Draculas.
Hanging Gardens/ Dan Newman- Unusual mounted miniature species and much more.
Joe & Cathy Parker/Gary Meyer/Sherry Bridygham - A wide variety of pleurothallids including award winning Draculas.
Shelldance Orchid Gardens/ Victoria Davis- Multi-garden rooms from cool growing to intermediate growing orchid collections.
CYMBIDIUMS FOR APRIL
The display of cymbidiums below is from the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and identifies orchids that typically bloom in April. Keep in mind that Mother Nature along with the care of the orchid ultimately determines exactly when the orchid will bloom.
Clicking on the name of the cymbidium (below the image) will open a new browser tab to allow exploring more about that specific orchid on the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate website.
Monthly Checklist for March and April
Although March is, in many parts of the country, still a cold and blustery month, the lengthening days and warmer temperatures allowed by increased light are long-awaited harbingers of the coming change of season. Some of the best standard cattleyas of the year will be in bloom, or will be blooming soon. The last of the winter-flowering hybrids will join the earliest of the spring hybrids in a wonderful display. Be on the alert for senescing sheaths that need removal. If these yellowing sheaths are not removed, the moisture they trap can lead to bud rot. Careful removal of the sheath will allow the buds to develop, although they will need additional support. Changing light conditions can also be a problem in March and April. An exceptionally bright day, especially immediately following a rain, can lead to sunburn of the foliage if shading is not attended to properly. There can still be periods of dull days where spikes can weakened owing to the lower light. Lengthening days will mean increased metabolic rates necessitating increased water and fertilizer. The plants will indicate needs by drying more rapidly, which means more frequent watering and fertilizing.
With the passing of the season for winter bloomers, and the beginning of the season for spring bloom, it is also the time to be on the lookout for plants that will need potting after they bloom. Immediately after blooming has proven to be the best time to repot winter- and spring-flowering cattleyas. In most cases, they will be ready to grow roots, so if potted at this time, they will root right into fresh mix with little or no setback.
Plants should be putting on a spectacular show this time of year. Adjust all staking and twist-ties and be on the lookout for aphids, slugs and snails. Give adequate water because flowering strains the plants. As new growths appear later, increase the nitrogen level in the fertilizer. Should a plant look healthy but not be blooming, try increasing the light during the next growing season. The number-one reason for no flowers is lack of light.
These hard-cane dendrobiums will be at their flowering peak now. It is not unusual to see a specimen of this type in an orchid show boasting 1,000 flowers. The secret with this group -- bred primarily from Dendrobium kingianum and Dendrobium speciosum -- is to provide ample water, fertilizer and light during the growing season.
This genus of superb orchids will be coming to the end of its flowering season. Soon you will see the beginning of new root growth, which is an excellent time to repot into fresh media. As new growth emerges, provide ample fertilizer and water. A sign of good culture is an increase in the size of psuedobulbs with each successive year.
This marks the beginning of the flowering season. Amazing displays of color will dazzle the grower over the next few months. Prepare your plants for optimum display by staking spikes (if needed) and cleaning off the older yellow foliage. Do not miss the wonderful fragrance as the flowers unfold..
March is the beginning of the season of heaviest potting for lady's-slipper orchids. However, it is a month where the volume of plants needing attention is still small. It is an excellent month to take the time to work with your paphiopedilums before the pressure of other potting prevents your doing the thorough job you should. Look at each plant: Is it clean of dead and dying foliage? Is it weed free? Does it need potting? Is it in spike? Does it have an insect problem? Cleaning and restaging your paphs is one of the most satisfying tasks of the orchid year. Cleaned and potted paphiopedilums look happy.
The summer-blooming types will be showing the first of their buds in March and April. Be on the lookout for the buds, as well as any insect pests that may have found their way into the crowns of your plants. It is especially difficult to clean mealybugs, in particular, once they have become established in the plant. Better to get to them before they get a good toehold.
Increasing light levels should give emerging spikes the strength they need to grow straight and strong. Do not be too anxious to stake the spikes, because if they are staked too soon, the flowers may develop a "nodding" stance, where the dorsal will not stand upright. If the spikes seem to develop at an angle, let them, and stake after the flower has hardened for best carriage, especially on the hybrids with fairieanum background.
In most of the country, March is the peak blooming month for phalaenopsis. Staking needs to be carefully attended to, so that the flowers will be displayed at their best for orchid shows and judging -- even those intended for your home will look best if properly staked. One of the most decorative aspects of phalaenopsis spikes is the way they gracefully arch. If not staked properly, the spike will lack this grace and will not be as pleasing. Most growers like to have the final support just below the first flower, allowing maximum support, without sacrificing the beauty of the arching spike.
Rapid-growing spikes and open flowers place extra demands on the plant. Careful monitoring of watering and feeding will give the plants the energy they require to give their best floral display. Remember, too, that the lengthening days will also increase the frequency at which plants need water.
Beware of the invasion of sucking pests that accompany the flowering season. Flowers and spikes are favorite targets of mealybugs and scales. Be on the look out for their presence, often indicated by the appearance of sooty mold resulting from the exudate of the bugs, and treat before flowers or buds are too advanced. If flowers and buds are too far along, the chemical treatment may damage or abort them.
Members in this large and increasingly popular group will be looking their best now. If plants are not in flower, the next few months provide an excellent time to divide if needed or repot into fresh mix. Taking care of these tasks now will allow enough time for your plants to become established before the hot weather arrives.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
NVOS Plant Doctor, Vinton B, - at your service
Have an unhappy orchid? You do not need to wait for the next month's meeting for a consultation, just send your questions, photos and description to the NVOS web site at and help can be returned via e-mail.
A room with a view....
NVOS President, Karen O. sent in this picture of half the display of the numerous "Out of this World Orchids."
2016 NVOS SHOW - AWARDS
This section is currently being built, check back soon for all results from ribbon judging at the past show.
SELECT, GENERAL FLOWERING CALENDAR
|BASIC FLOWERING PERIOD|
It is important to note that the data in the above table has not been absolutely proven. Keep in mind that orchids themself, determine when they bloom, and this is dependent upon environmental factors. The biggest factor is indoor versus greenhouse growing. To best determine the flowering season, one must research the orchid of interest.