- Oct 4, 2008
- Reaction score
- Canberra, Australia
I agree with everything you say Stephen. If my daughter uses the word 'hate', I'll have a stern word with her. It is way too strong a word to use in a conversation such as this.Thanks John. Hate is a strong word with very negative connotations. I choose not to use it casually.
Unless there is dissent from the other Aussies, that flower and plant would not be awarded here. To get an FCC here it has to be exceptional in every way. No exceptions. The stem and size would be major detractors, which I understand would 'disqualify' the flower. 'Size + stem habit + arrangement' are 33.3 points here. Shape =33.3. Colour + texture=33.3.
I dont argue that it doesn't have 'value'. It may be a true miniature and useful for breeding etc etc Lets see it bloom again.
It definitely wouldn't get an FCC here. It does seem much harder to get an FCC award in Australia then the US despite the fact that 85 points will get you an FCC here. They are only handed out sparingly in this country. In some years you will not see a single orchid get an FCC award in Australia. To me to be deserved of an FCC award means that the flower is better than anything that has been awarded before. Not the same but better. It has to take the species or hybrid to a new level. I see too many AOS FCC awards where I think I have seen better. When I see an FCC awarded plant I expect to be blown away. I think you devalue the award when you give a plant such as this an FCC. It is more of a novelty flower, not a superior form of the species.
Given the flower size is smaller than just an average fairreanum, the judges would surely have had to score 0 for size which would mean they would have had to consider all the other traits were perfect.O
I tend to disagree that "It [an FCC], says that every thing about the flower is 'remarkable'". Everything but size could be remarkable and the point score should reflect all that...the good and the bad......and if the average still reaches 90 points, then it is still an FCC quality flower. Theoretically, a plant could get a core of 0 for size and still get an FCC, if it gets a perfect score on everything else. I doubt this flower got much of a score for size; but, the other characteristics scored high enough to put it up to 90 points....= FCC.