The explosion of color and the sheer size and quantity of blooms make this picture stand out as the prime reason to grow Brugmansias in your own garden or on your own patio. I challenge any gardener to gaze upon this Brugmansia and NOT be convinced to try a few next season.
The simplicity and geometic perfection of this bloom, resting comfortably atop a plant of diminutive size, peaked the curiosity of all the judges. The colors are striking, while the shape is among the most interesting of any Datura we've seen. We believe that every gardener, once they see this picture, will want to add the Pinwheel Datura to their collection.
There is a harmony to this overall picture, with the specimen in full bloom, the change of colors by the flowers and foliage planted around the base of the plant, and the scenery all around it. What the observer views up close in the front of the picture makes us feel as if we were standing right there in the yard of a country house. Of all the entries in this contest, we found this picture to be the single most inspiring image of a Brugmansia or Datura in a landscape setting.
Brugie and snowhermit will each receive a nice award plaque (furnished by Zanymuse), each for their respective awards. Brugie will also receive a Dave's Garden coffee mug (furnished by DG) for the "Best Overall" award.
I cannot stress enough how difficult this decision was. Each and every picture was special, and segregating one winner from the best was as difficult as finding the best tulip in a field in Holland. I'd like to thank each and every one of our participants for making this such an enjoyable exercise.