Another horticulture society, another auction--
but this time they don't ask you to post a minimum price. This is the more or less local one, which I've belonged to almost as long as I've lived here. They ask for donations, but leave it up to the bidders as to what to bid (maybe they'd let you put on a minimum if you felt it necessary.) They have a long-established tendency to get rivalries going--since it's all for the society--and the bids often get out of my price range. I couldn't stay this year, but brought two chiritas and a begonia. First picked to be bid on was a nice young Chirita 'Betty'--no blooms and a fairly small plant. They didn't seem to know what it was, my reporting friend said, and the bidding was hesitant at first, but somebody said '$20' and somebody else said '25', and she wasn't sure but she thought it finally went for about eighty dollars. Just a nice but young plant. I think 'Aiko' was next--she was only in a four-inch pot and needed to be potted up, but she had I think three stems in bloom and a whole bunch of buds (and if you don't know C. 'Aiko', she is really lovely with bright yellow flowers. I'm partial to yellow.) It went for some ridiculous amount over a hundred dollars! With the little 3" pot of Begonia 'Five and Dime' that went for a hundred dollars, I made the society about 250-260 bucks she said!