A Newbie’s Results
Today my 90-year-old friend Mr. C. and I ate lunch at Essen Eppes, a terrific Jewish Deli in Livingston. After I dropped him off at home I headed down the Garden State to see what the NJ Flower Show judges thought of my floral chair design.
My girlfriend Pat and I met in the lobby of the Expo Center, cashed in our ‘two get in free’ ticket offer and hustled over to where we left my floral chair design on Wednesday. From a distance I didn’t see any ribbon on the platform with my design. As we got closer, though, I did see a ribbon.
No. I didn’t get a blue. The blue ribbon went to the all dried flower chair I showed you on Wednesday. Remember the nice woman I talked with? Her design won the blue.
No. I didn’t win a red. The red ribbon went to one of the two designs that weren’t set up yet by the time I left the Expo Center on Wednesday. Take a look at the red ribbon winner below.
No. I didn’t win a yellow. The yellow ribbon went to the other design that was staged after I left on Wednesday. Take a look at the yellow ribbon winner below.
So are you wondering by now exactly what color ribbon my design was awarded? It was awarded a white ribbon, which is an honorable mention. Not bad for a first-time state flower show entry, right?!
After I watered my design, which was drooping a bit and seemed to have been rearranged a little (folks jostling for position to see it? a child who got away from his/her mom?), Pat and I walked around. Pretty awesome designs surrounded us. And I loved the judges’ choice to award the overall blue ribbon in the creative crafts category to the rooster. It is whimsical and creative and made me smile. Good job by the designer, don’t you think?
We looked at the whole-garden designs the landscapers created, commenting on the new plants of the season (anyone for a red-flowered Andromeda?) and wandered up and down the boutique aisles. We had a great time talking plants.
Then Pat and I turned a corner and I saw it: the tall, black Victorian-style fountain of my dreams, all 7’ of it spouting water up, up, up into the air, then falling gracefully down, down, down into the pool below!! Funny thing, I knew I’d seen that fountain before. . .somewhere. . . I rushed up and stood gazing adoringly at the fountain, then out of the corner of my eye I saw a coleus, then another, then an open-frame greenhouse display. Atlock Farms! It was the Atlock Farms display and I had seen this magnificent fountain in a greenhouse at Atlock Farms about two years ago!!
Do you know Atlock Farms? The owner has been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and on her show many times. He does topiaries that are to die for and coleus. Oh, the coleus he has!!!
Take a look at the fountain. What do you think? We live in a Victorian home and have a perfect spot for that fountain in our east side garden, right through the rose arbor and surrounded by the four tree roses. Maybe the fountain will come live at our house. We’ll see!