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Dec 4, 2014 9:06 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
Islander wrote:During the Garden Show I overheard a bunch of judges who were NOT impressed with Purple Pinwheel. One called it "A mop on a stick". I am afraid that spoiled it for me. The color was nice but even as an amateur I thought the form left a bit to be desired.

It's interesting that the trial garden results list it as a Stellar; but River's catalog lists it as a novelty. I have yet to see a River's Novelty in person; but I can see how it may have it's limitations as a show flower. I'm just interested in the color; and anything close to stellar gets my attention every time.

To many older judges; those categories still get mixed as stellar is a newer category. I overheard a judge at a show swear he thought Valley porcupine was a stellar...oh my.

Judges have mixed views about stellars and novelties in the conversations I've overheard. To them, Stellars are just bad formal decoratives because they don't have as many petals, and their petals are pointy. Novelty flowers are just an 'anything goes'; and I've seen judges shrug their shoulders and wonder how in the world to judge one against another as there isn't a single form definition. The growers that have been showing for more than a couple decades seem to be much less likely to enter anything in these categories as well.

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