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.
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!!
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.
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 :-)
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. :)
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!!
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)
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.
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
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?
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.
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!!