Planning for my first competition
So I've been convinced to enter some Dahlias in the local exhibition (Lindsay Exhibition.) Having never done this before, I'd appreciate any tips you might have.
Here are the categories I feel I might be able to enter in.
- DAHLIAS Â 3 blooms, decorative, any colour in one container
Do you think AA's are judged more favorably in such an open category? I would assume when they say "3 blooms", they mean 3 of the same, what do you think? Do you think they have to be 3 blooms on a single stem?
- DAHLIAS Â cactus Â 1 bloom, any colour, in one container
Do you think they'd accept a Lacinated Cactus? If so, would it fare better or worse than a plain cactus? I could go with a Citron De Cap, which looks great and is larger (7"). Orchid Lace looks good too, as a 6" incurved cactus, but its not a prolific bloomer. Finally I could use a Tahiti Sunrise, perhaps even a Dahlia-ish version if there were any in bloom at that time.
- DAHLIAS Â semi-cactus, 1 bloom, any colour in one container
I can choose from Gregory Stephen (12") or Cabana Banana (7") here. Personally I prefer Cabana Banana because its colours are more vibrant.
- DAHLIAS Â pompom Â 3 blooms, any colour, in one container
I thought I would go with Crichton Honey. I would try and get 3 at different ages to reproduce that picture I posted at the beginning of the month showing it in its various stages.
- DAHLIAS Â 1 bloom, on single stem with attached foliage
Presumably mega-AA's would do best in this category, what do you think?
- A TABLE CENTREPIECE Â to be viewed from all sides Â maximum 30cm/12" in diameter
I thought about using a variety of water lily styles to make this.
- OÂCANADA Â red and white flowers in a white container, maximum 30cm/12"
Sayonary on the outside, then Snowbound, with a Raspberry Punch in the middle.
- 'WHITE FROST' Â arrangement using white flowers with green foliage
Iceberg, Snowbound, and Bride to Be.
- WHATÂS NEW IN YOUR GARDEN FOR 2008
It would be great if I could have a collection of my Dahlia-ishes for this one.
So, if you've competed and can offer some tips, I'd sure be glad to hear them. Competition is September 16th. Exhibits are to be dropped off at 3:00pm for judging at 7:30pm. They have to be left there for 6 days, but we can freshen them after the judging.
I haven't yet looked at the tips available at the various society sites but will, so no need to point me to those types of references...just your own experience.