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jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 11, 2002
11:06 AM

Post #26707

Watching the MG war thread got me to thinking that a container contest would be great fun and give me great ideas for next years containers. I know we have a lot of very creative people here. (I have been struggling for ideas for my containers this year, lol)I am willing to supply some sort of "prizes". There could be a couple of categories, Best overall, Most creative etc.

Anyone interested? Lets hear your ideas, suggestions.
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
11:15 AM

Post #240861

I'm all for it. this is my first year doing containers (with more than one plant in them :) and it would be very cool to see everyone's efforts.
Best Shade container..., best sun container...
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2002
4:24 PM

Post #241002

Great idea, jody! What a creative summer this will be... John
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
4:43 PM

Post #241008

best flowering, best foliage, best use of one color...:)
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 11, 2002
7:31 PM

Post #241060

Great ideas tiG. We should probably limit the number of categories to around 5?

How are these for categories:

Best Color Combo
Most Creative
Best Overall
Best for Shade
Best for Sun

Lets hear what ya'll think. :)
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
7:57 PM

Post #241070

I think that is an excellent list!!!
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2002
8:00 PM

Post #241073

What a great idea!! I'm all for it if I can get around to doing something creative.
Wintermoor
Jesteburg-Wiedenhof
Germany
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
8:10 PM

Post #241078

Great idea folks!!

I'd love to try my hand at something like that.

I just hope you don't mean ship's container ;-)

All the best

Wintermoor
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2002
8:12 PM

Post #241079

I'm just thinking of all those beautiful fuchsias that you can get your hands on Wintermoor - plant material in Germany is wonderful!! Have you heard of Esveld - I think they are a Dutch company - wonderful plants and great info site!!
Wintermoor
Jesteburg-Wiedenhof
Germany
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
8:18 PM

Post #241086

I don't know Esveld in Holland, but I often buy from Bakker, a dutch company right next to Hamburg. I bought some fuchsias from them a few weeks back and set them under a big hydrangea buh which I have, they are already loving the shade.

Another excellent company in Germany is Gärtner (Gardener) Pötschke, in Kaarst, near Cologne. That would maybe be a wee tip for your lassie down at Lake Constance (Bodensee).

I can get her the catalogues if she is interested, both from Bakker, and Pötschke.

All the best

Wintermoor
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2002
8:46 PM

Post #241099

How clever of you to remember where she lived!! You are doing better than I am because I can't remember which thread I posted that on and I've been racking my brains to no avail...lol!!! Actually she has only just started gardening and is buying from a very expensive garden centre in her area. I told her to seek out other mail order companies but her baby has not been at all well for months so she has been tied in a sense. Thanks for offering to send her the catalogues - this is most kind and generous of you. Perhaps I can mail you with her address - is that OK!! Sorry folks - hijacked the thread again :-)
Wintermoor
Jesteburg-Wiedenhof
Germany
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
8:49 PM

Post #241103

Yes please do louisa asap, then I can eMail them immediately with her adress. They are both excellent coys., and I use them all the time.

All the best

Wintermoor
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2002
8:52 PM

Post #241105

In that case you got mail!!
Wintermoor
Jesteburg-Wiedenhof
Germany
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
9:03 PM

Post #241115

So do you, louisa

SORRY FOLKS !!!!

All the best

Wintermoor
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2002
9:04 PM

Post #241117

lol!!
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
2:46 AM

Post #241342

jody, maybe a sixth catagory, tiG's "best use of ONE color"? Or, that could come under "color combination"? John
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2002
3:20 AM

Post #241371

Jody, do you need a "judge"? Cala(never take a bribe)Lily at your service. Just kidding, where do I sign up?
joydie1
Hamilton
Canada

April 12, 2002
4:25 AM

Post #241408

I'm in one this one...when is the date for posting pictures?

Joydie
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
6:50 AM

Post #241446

Are there going to be limitations on the size of the containers?? Or are we going to stipulate one size?
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 12, 2002
11:01 AM

Post #241451

Louisa I don't think there should be a limit to the size of the containers. We do have a "most creative" category :)

Ya'll want a category...best use of one color? I must admit that this intrigues me. I can't image only ONE single color, 2 maybe but 1?

I was also thinking of the best container as a category. I have seen some pretty cool containers used to plant.

I hate to have too many categories though. (I'll go broke coming up with prizes, LOL, J/K ;)

Lets hear what ya'll think. List the top 5-6 categories you'd like to see and we'll use the most popular ones.


Joydie we haven't set a date to post pics but I'm thinking around the first week of september. Hopefully that will work for north and south alike.

After everyone posts their ideas and suggestions I'll start a new thread with what we have come up with. That way it will all be in one post and you won't have to hunt to find out what categories, dates etc.

Yes cala(never take a bribe)lily, LOLOLOL I do need a few judges but I would rather see you in this contest. I've seen a few of your containers! I'll post a "plea" for a few judges. :)
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2002
11:28 AM

Post #241457

jody, we don't really need prizes. Just being the winner is enough for any of us. Honest!! and I know they'll come behind me and agree. Or I can find those little blue 1st place ribbons and send to you. This is to be about fun, right? the doing is the prize, and seeing all the great things I'm going to copy next year!! LOL!!
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2002
11:36 AM

Post #241460

I agree with TiG. No prize necessary(especially if I have to dust it). I can donate a package of blank tags if you want something like that, or maybe one of those little clay worms that goes in the pot to tell when it's dry(they don't work THAT well, but they are cute)
herblady
Knoxville, TN

April 12, 2002
11:45 AM

Post #241464

ok I want in here too...heheheh [[[[[nana]]]]]
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 12, 2002
11:57 AM

Post #241475

Ya'll are sweet! tiG those ribbons would be PERFECT! Every winner should get something imho. :) If nothing else then to at least remind them years down the road of the wonderful fun and friends here at DG.

Now...how about those top category lists?
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2002
12:02 PM

Post #241478

well, since it intrigued you, how about adding that one color category to the top list? just for fun??
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
1:36 PM

Post #241536

Doing it for fun is the best and no we don't need prizes!! We are the prizes because we have each other :-)

Best Overall
Best for Shade
Best for Sun
Best monochromatic (one colour)
Best original container

That's my tuppence worth!! :-)
joydie1
Hamilton
Canada

April 12, 2002
1:55 PM

Post #241545

Oh this is going to be a blast...I'm going to have to get out my thinking cap, search the house for a novel container to use.
Joydie
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2002
2:01 PM

Post #241547

Best color combo and most creative too!!!
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
2:23 PM

Post #241557

I like louisa's Best Original Container idea! John (heading for the attic, whistling a happy tune...)
Sugar_fl
montgomery, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 12, 2002
2:35 PM

Post #241561

Count me in too. Not sure how creative I can be but gonna try. This is really my 1st year at this. I planted a lot in 2000 then ran off to Florida(got married)& gave them all away. They were mostly 1 type of plant. I never saw them bloom. There was 2 beautiful combination containers my DD gave me from a nursery. I don't plan on running off again :D
Sugar_fl
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
2:54 PM

Post #241570

tig wouldn't your suggestions come under the best overall?? Unless I'm reading it the "English" way :-)
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
3:17 PM

Post #241577

I think this is an awesome idea. I'll donate some prizes, too, if we go that route.

Jody, you're brilliant!
joydie1
Hamilton
Canada

April 12, 2002
4:47 PM

Post #241618

LOL @ u John...

Joydie
Wintermoor
Jesteburg-Wiedenhof
Germany
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2002
7:20 PM

Post #241653

I suggest the categories should be as follows:

1) Most stupid plant selection.
2) Worst colour scheme.
3) Nothing bloomed.
4) Most boring container.
5) Plants in the wrong place.
6) Most boring photo.

If any of these categories will be used, send me the prize now then I don't have to start;-)

I don't want to be ceremoniously stripped of my secateurs in front of the entire Dave's Garden Gardeners.

Ohhhh the shame, the shame...

All the best

Wintermoor
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2002
7:25 PM

Post #241656

hahahaaaaaa!
Wingnut
Spicewood, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 12, 2002
8:24 PM

Post #241678

Ha-ha-HA, Wintermoor! Now if those are the categories, I just might enter! LOL! (Just kidding!)

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


April 12, 2002
9:17 PM

Post #241703

This looks like a great idea...already got a few ideas.I've been planning for more containers this year anyway.
Baa

April 12, 2002
9:25 PM

Post #241704

Wintermoor

I'd take first prize at worst colour scheme! My idea of container gardening is find a plant you haven't got room for an bung it in with a load of others you can't fit in either. Pink, brown, deep and light blue and stark orange do not suit most peoples tastes. Although as a fluke one year, two large containers came out all tones of yellow, the neighbours asked where we bought them LOL.

Any catagory for hanging baskets or is this pots only?
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 12, 2002
10:23 PM

Post #241721

A container is a container...hanging or otherwise :)
momcat
northeast, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2002
10:42 PM

Post #241724

Sounds like fun, count me in, too!
Debbie
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2002
11:31 PM

Post #241745

Can you enter more than one container pic? I might have to get in on this one.
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2002
2:42 AM

Post #241931

But seriously, is the idea to enter only ONE container (at a time), or can it be a GROUPING of containers? Might that need to be a seperate category? John
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 13, 2002
10:11 AM

Post #242046

I would think as many containers could be entered as you'd like. A category for a "grouping" sounds fun.

Whats everone else think. We still haven't decided exactly what all the categories will be.
joydie1
Hamilton
Canada

April 17, 2002
6:56 PM

Post #244948

Are the containers limited to just flowers? Can we do veggie containers or a mix of veggies and flowers. I started some of mine last night. really had to think hard about structure, color and texture...brain dead after all that thinking...lol.
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 17, 2002
7:53 PM

Post #244990

Anything goes! Veggies and herbs can look great in arrangements. And could fit into most any of the categories.

And since no one had any other opinions on the categories I guess they are:

Best Color Combo
Most Creative
Best Overall
Best for Shade
Best for Sun
Best Container
Best use of one color
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2002
7:56 PM

Post #244993

That's great jody - I bet you've planted yours already :-) Not me, not yet - guess I better get a move on. Gee now the penny has dropped!! That's why you were out in all that heat - getting those winning containers planted up. Hurry up everybody!!
jody
MD &, VA
(Zone 7b)


April 17, 2002
8:01 PM

Post #245000

LOL Louisa!!!!
Actually I did do two containers yesterday. I've got loads of plants for the rest, just have to really think about those combos, :)
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2002
8:55 PM

Post #245028

I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!

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