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.
I was so thrilled to win and thank you all for putting up with me on the brug. and friends and other forums. Thanks for your kind words and I just have to say that "you are all the best". Congrats. to Snow on the pinwheel datura picture. It is such a beauty. Now, it is on to another year of growing brugs. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with next year. Thanks again.
Earlier I told my hubby about this and said that my chest was starting to puff out. Well, now my head is starting to swell with all the nice comments. You are all so nice. Hope this doesn't go so far that my head explodes!! :-)
Thank you everyone. I'm so excited. There were so many beautiful pictures that I feel very honored to have won.I would'nt have wanted to be in the judges shoes.It must have been very hard to pick just three pictures out of them all since they were all winners in my book. Congratulations Brugie on two great pictures.Hope you grow many more beautiful Brugs next year.
Congradulation to you both and to think Brugs you were the one for getting me hook on the Brugs. I hope I can grow beautiful brugs like you. Will be asking for a lot of advice. If mine will come out half as beautiful I will be happy. Sami
That brug was a first year cutting. What I mean is that it was cut from a plant the fall before (1 year ago now) and rooted. Then held dormant over the winter and brought out to grow in the spring. I liked that one because it didn't get really big, but bloomed very well and the fragrance could be noticed all day lightly, as well as stong in the evening. I would like the blooms to hold a little longer, but with the heat we had last year I felt good to see them 3-5 days.
WOW! Who knew. I've never seen any Brugmansia's like that before. I guess I am really naive when it comes to what's out there. I'm inspired to try some come spring. To think I was impressed with the Datura I grew for the first time this year, even tho they did resemble the roadside version. On to higher things. Thanks for the inspirition!
Congradulations to all the winners and I am sorry I wasn't here when the discussion was made but better late than never.
Like Snowhermit said it was tough with all the beautiful pictures that was submitted, my hat's off to the judges.
Snowhermit you just have to trade some of them seeds with me, that is a beautiful picture.
Burgie what can I say except that am so happy for you, it is a lovely plant and makes me want to try one or two.
Dr Suess congrats it is a lovely plant, just keep your eye on it because the Wind just might slip around at night and swip it lol.
Now I would love to ask for your kind permission to use your picture in my jigsaw program and as wallpaper, I promise I will not alter nor take credit for any of the plants or photos. If the answer is no then I will understand and there will be no hard feelings.
Again Congratulations to all we are so proud of you.
Of course I will be bragging to my friends and family about the winner's here.
I would also like to add my congratulations to the winners..
I am intrigued by these plants..and wonder if they are available here in Ontario Canada. I will ask my favorite nursery next spring if they have any to purchase.
Cheers ... hip hip hooray to you all!
I am from Woodstock, Ontario and they are becoming quite popular in our area. Several nurseries now have the common brugs. Please feel free to e-mail me to see if you would like to trade. I am out of cuttings now but will help you in the spring.
OrphanAnnie..how lovely of you to offer a trade. I'm not sure if I will have anything you need but we will get in touch in the spring. Nice to see another Canadian here..it is difficult to trade or SASE to people in the U.S.
I notice you haven't been here long..so a big welcome to you too!
Snow, I think about the fun we had with that, often. It was a good experience, entering the contest, and I hope all the new people will get involved this next year if there is another one. Bet there will be.
Thanks Roz, guess I just got lucky last year with my brugs. Might be a whole different story this year. Never know when living in Iowa. Storms, winds, bugs, YUCK!!
Snow..I saw your winning pix for the pinwheel Datura just a few min. ago..It is Absolutely Georgeous!!!!
I have a Datura with the same coloring but definitely not that pinwheel shape.
Do all the blossoms look like that? My next question: How or where can I get seeds for it? OOOOhh I just know that I've got to grow some of those beauties this year.
Thank You for that lovely picture. It looks like a true labor of love; and sure has brightened this cold gray day in Wisconsin.
Pebble instead of printing them why not just use the picture as wallpaper for your computer. I save pictures all the time and change my desktop every few days. It is so pleasant to see a beautiful picture on the computer monitor when I am not using it.
Thanks everyone. The contest was certainly a lot of fun and hope you will all join in this year if we have another contest.
Ruby Tuesday,The Datura was a double purple one. I had several growing and that was the only one that opened so perfectly. I just caught it at the right time.I bought my seeds from Thompson&Morgan but also received some in a trade so not sure which it was.Didn't get any seeds from it as frost hit them before the pods were mature.
You all are so nice. I thought this thread was dead and burried. So here I am again, but now I've got new thoughts in my head, all about what I'm going to do next summer. With about six inches of snow on the ground, thinking about growing things outside doesn't seem like it will happen here anytime soon, but it is nearly the first of February, so I'm sure winter will end soon and I can work on my dreams. Thanks again for your nice comments. Like Snow said, it was fun, but now we need to work on growing some different and gorgeous brugs for the next contest. Someone else will have their picture taken as the winner next year and see how stressful, but fun, it can be. :-)
I am glad somebody brought this back up, I had forgot just how awesome that V. Orange of brugie's was, I hadn't been here long when somebody brought it back up the first time and it blew me away. Can't wait for this years pictures