I am missing Skipley Smiles this year. I know I had it but well, getting a new garden established has been a bit chaotic and there were casualties...also lots of mislabels on the ones I brought from my Island Garden.I did what I could.
This is how they show dahlias in San Francisco; They love what I call pin frogs. And they like to place them in pretty glass containers.
A friend gifted me this vintage pin cup and I LOVE it. I'm using it exclusively for my photography right now. I went and found another unique one online last night. It's a super classy and secure way to show off a bloom. I give them my full endorsement.
We have a big collection of pin frogs that Margaret uses in her arrangements for the shows. The water designs need to have a way of anchoring flowers almost invisibly and she piles up small decorative rocks to hide the pin frogs. They hold an amazing amount of both flowers and greens. She uses the floral adhesive tape to glue the frog to the dry container and then the water is added. The adhesive is waterproof. The downside of these water arrangements is that they do not travel well and have to be dismantled and then put back together at the show. Some pin frogs are worth a lot of money. You can still buy new ones at the wholesale florist supply company.
When a very famous judge was doing classification at a very important show, he took about 30 minutes to make a determination. as to whether the bloom was incurved cactus or straight cactus. He asked all the judges walking by for opinions, including me. I actually do not remember how it came out. My guess would be that this renowned judge would call the bloom in the picture an incurved cactus. I am big believer in the 3 foot appraisal where if in doubt, look at it from 3 feet and make your best guess. The issues of whether the petals roll up enough to be cactus or semi cactus are to be used as a guide and the longer view is more accurate to me.
Embrace is a cactus to me and I do not care about the fact that those long skinny petals do not close completely. They are cactus petals from 3 feet away.
Verrones Sandra J- is named after Roland Verrone's ex wite. It was classified as a stellar when the stellar definition was very confusing and then dumped out of the class into the formal decorative class where it ceased to win as many ribbons. It is a visually pretty flower that conveys both an orderly lay of petals(usually appreciated by men) and a very pleasing color . For us, it's major fault was an unusual ability to soak up rain drops, becoming extremely heavy and then the stem would break. It was a seedling of Camano Pet. I enjoy seeing this one at a show as it is very pretty.
Cosey, I might just poke a bamboo stake in for this one and tie a few extra ties...also if its really wet when it blooms maybe some extra support around the flower bud that is opening? I have had them totally break from the weight of water in the flower. I decided I didn't like it THAT well...