Friday, August 23, 2013

How Flower Exhibitions are Judged.

How Flower Exhibitions are Judged.

Unless you have real passion, participating in a FloralCompetition is about as exciting as golf, the thought occurred that knowing how the event is judged may lend some excitement and understanding to the first timer or laymen.  Now as to the competitive merits of flowers or plants upon which the judge’s decision and evaluation is based, it should be pointed out that they are about six in number, namely, (1) Form, (2) Color, (3) Size, (4) Condition, (5) Substance. And the (6th) in the case of some flowers fragrance is often considered of great importance. In addition to these areas there are also questions of uniformity, as well as setup or arrangement.

So that I’m clear as to what is meant by the conventions mentioned above, I will briefly define them below.

Form—Perfect form is that which most closely approximates the specific levels which the panel has in mind of a ideal specimen of the type of flower that is being judged. For example, a perfect Gladioli in form will have Balance, positive harmony in the arrangement of petals, along with both width of bloom and length of bloom, according to the class that it belongs to, and other discriminating characteristics.

Color—Particular flowers have distinctive colors, and any entry that doesn’t show true will be excluded by the judge.  The perfect color is defined as one which lasts for a long time without fading and which is rich and attractive rather than dull. Some red flowers in particular have a habit of fading out, very soon after they are full bloomed, to a very displeasing shade of magenta. It is necessary, therefore, that flowers which are too full bloomed should not be selected.

Size—As a rule, size indicates a certain amount of cultural skill and successful care on the part of the exhibitor. Size, however, in some cases may not be a desirable characteristic. This statement, however, may be truer in connection with fruits than with flowers. Large-sized flowers, other things being equal, stand a better chance of winning the prize. With fruits, the reverse may be the case, as those of large size may be too poor in quality.

Condition—Condition may be briefly described as relating to the vigor and freshness of the flower. It must not be too open and must be free from blemishes, which point has already been referred to.

Substance—Substance is very often an important quality in a flower. For instance, a Rose of good substance is always favored by a judge in preference to one which has thin petals and consequently becomes flabby and shapeless. The same remark is also true with regard to many others.

Fragrance—Fragrance is a point which the judge only considers in connection with certain fragrant kinds of flowers. For instance, fragrance would not be a point considered in Asters and Gladioli. It may, however, be of considerable importance in an exhibit of Roses.

Uniformity and setting up—Uniformity with flowers, as with fruits or vegetables, is something that no exhibitor can afford to overlook. He must in all cases choose specimens which are uniform in all respects. It is of little use for an exhibitor to think that by putting two or three abnormally large specimens in with the others, the exhibit will be benefited by so doing. On the contrary, the fact that the five or six

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Birds Complete the Art of Gardening

When I first thought about the "art of gardening", I was not a bird lover. We had planned a beautiful little garden with many flowers; a white Colonial gate and a garden seat were not forgotten in our strategies, but no idea had been given for providing convenience for the birds. The first period the garden was a failure-- it lacked appeal. It was real I had made some errors in mixes of flower plantings, but was this the genuine trouble? I unexpectedly recognized how few bird visitors pertained to the garden. Why not attempt to attract more?
One early morning a tiny Wren came so near me as I worked and sang so sweetly, I nearly thought he said, "Mistress of the Garden, why have not you offered a little house for me in this wonderful location?" It doesn't truly matter whether that was what he was trying to state. I purchased a Wren residence at when and named the little bird "Billy Wren." Both he and "Mrs. Billy" were delighted with their new house and later little Pete and Pet Wren kept their fond parents very, very hectic feeding them pests and teaching them the best ways to look after themselves in the big world beyond the garden. When these infant birds were strong enough to fly from the Elm tree to the yard gate, the entire family were off to the woods for their summer getaway.
Lonely, without a doubt, seemed the little garden, however the Mistress of the Garden knew in her heart that she would be a genuine bird lover for life. The most stunning garden would be desolate, certainly, without our bird buddies. A site visitor as soon as recommended my using painted birds on poles in my flower borders. Where were his eyes; couldn't he see the tiny Wren amongst the perennials fairly feasting on ants and the Robin near the bird bath ready to take his "morning plunge?" Exactly what need of painted artificial birds in my yard?
6 jolly little Goldfinches frequently pertained to the yard to consume the seed of the cornflowers; near by the lemon-yellow the Aphides; we must then discover a way of suppression by insecticides. Insecticides work just when of a nature to corrode or coat the body Hollyhocks were in bloom, and typically after eating their fill of the seeds the Goldfinches leaned on the ideas of these stalks of Hollyhocks. Painted birds, without a doubt! The tall flowers and the stakes used to sustain the plants were all the bird poles essential.
Among the most wonderful birds that visit my yard and bird-bath is the lovely Baltimore Oriole. Who can withstand his beauties? During the mating season his cheery whistle delights all bird lovers. Is he vain? I occasionally think so or why should he pick to sing from the Apple and Plum trees when they are a mass of bloom? The terrific contrast of his bright orange and black plumage amid the blossoms is a photo well worth keeping in mind.
Mr. Baltimore Oriole, Jr., came typically to bathe in our tiny pool. He was indeed a beautiful young bird, the very color of a Christmas orange. Did he understand how he had been hushed in a silk lined cradle? Potentially his devoted mom had told him how she concerned my Sweetpea trellis where I had hung pieces of string, ravelings and bright colored embroidery silk and carried these threads to the old Elm tree to weave into her hanging nest, while in a tree leading pear by her friend was "warbling his bliss.".
The ruby-throated Humming-bird is a genuine flower enthusiast, and he shows a marked choice for specific flowers. He opts to bestow his special attentions on the Delphiniums (Larkspur), Phlox and Gladioli in my garden and is often seen examining the sweet depths of the flowers. Although the tiniest of my bird visitors, the Humming-bird is among the most captivating bird guests. Various other birds whose presence thrills me every summer season in my yard are the Rosebreasted Grosbeak, Song Sparrow, Thrush and our ever welcome buddy Robin Redbreast. The fresh water in the bird bath attracts many birds that pertain to enjoy the pool and they jazz up the yard with their beauty and track.
Throughout the winter season months numerous birds discover shelter and protection in our yard hedges and bushes and near the feeding boxes one may typically see Flickers, Nuthatches and gorgeous Jays, making the garden a fascinating place, although the flowers and bulbs are asleep under a white blanket of snow. Children enjoy to view birds consume and bathe and are easily taught to never frighten or harm their bird friends. It is typically genuinely amazing the descriptions these dwarfs offer of birds they have actually seen.
Surely the garden enthusiast who "gets up prior to morning meal" and delights in the bird shows in the very early dawn has many remarkable experiences only made possible by this first blush bird study. Just a little effort for such a fantastic benefit. The kiss of the sun for pardon, the tune of the birds for mirth; One is nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth." We think that all flower lovers must be bird enthusiasts too, and it is our want to have something on birds each month in future. Birds and flowers need to be associated in the minds of nature enthusiasts. Many people who enjoy flowers, fail to value the birds with their lack of understanding of their means and practices. Research the birds; their likes, dislikes, hopes, and fears; and you will easily become a bird enthusiast in an extremely short time.