Ah I thought so. I used to be a devoted fair flower arranger. Entered
every bloomin' class. It was a good way to make garden money,
but it sure did take over your life!!
I didn't enter at all this year and the feeling of freedom was great!
(we went camping instead)
I only discovered the fair last year. Had two entries in the flower
class, seven in the Arts and Crafts. Cleaned up in Arts and Crafts but
in the intervening year, I took the Master Gardener course and I'm now
scheduled to work the fair during the flower show this year. There is
one entry called, "Road To The Fair" where you are supposed to find the
stuff for the arrangement ON THE WAY to the fair. Last year everyone
used QAL and every single one looked like crap by judging time. I'm only
playing around with the thought of entering this year but I thought I'd
be ready in case I decided to play the night before the event. :)
Okay, next question: I'm looking for herbs (HAS to be herbs) with common
names (or Latin ones if they exist) that have to do with money. I've
come up with Pennyroyal and Lamb's Quarters, so far. I need two or three
more. Any ideas? Obscure names will do as long as they are really
or if you want to really stretch the money theme......
Those are all I can think of just off the top of my memory. Can't think of
any having to do with nickels and dimes, there are some herbs with 'pence'
and 'pound' in the name but not sure if you need this to be only USA
Well I entered a limited amount of things. Got six or seven blue ribbons,
a Champion ribbon for Herb Collection and Reserve Grand Champion in
Arrangements for a teeny little thing less that 4" big at any point. Not
bad for my second and last fair.
BTW, burning the end of the Queen's Anne Lace worked like a charm. Thanks
for that suggestion, whoever had it. (Sorry, too tired to go back and look
for the post but I have thought of you kindly the last few days.)
Thanks, Rachael. I'm packing up to move home. I even gave away my
Checkerboard Herb Garden (which produced the blue ribbon cut of Dill, btw
:) so I'll be MIA quite a bit for the next month or two. I guess the
good part of going somewhere else is getting to start a new garden AGAIN.
The bad part is leaving behind your favorites. :(
That is quite an accomplishment!
Those miniature arrangements are every bit as difficult as
a standard sized one. Many people never are able to get
the scale right.
So, well done.
I bet you will enter again, it's in your blood now lol
if Charlie's idea doesn't work, try putting the stem in boiling
water for a few seconds and then plunge the stems in cold water
all the way up to the flower heads overnight if possible.
(you must be entering flower arrangements in the county fair??
have been wondering where you were!)
Thanks Emilie, for this tip, hadn't heard or tried this.....duly noted
and remembered. Does this work on any cut flowers or recommended for
specific kinds? I hate cutting, or bringing home cut flowers, and they
begin to wilt quickly.....makes me feel a bit like a murderer of some
So much to learn and remember.
It works on many flowers, but not always on all. I learned of it by
it for hydrangeas, which were just awful about drooping down all of a
It's also good for reviving roses that have developed an "air lock" or
a bubble of air in the stem that prevents the drawing up of water.
(To avoid this: Cut roses and then _immediately_ plunge into a bucket
of lukewarm water up to their heads.Sometimes florist roses will
and who wants to lose those at the price you pay)
Yes, a lot to try to remember.........there are whole books just on
conditioning of cut flowers.........
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