An intriguing part of The Philadelphia Flower Show - any flower show, for that matter - are the specimens that are entered for judging. Entrants submit the best of their plants with the hopes of taking home a ribbon denoting theirs to be the best in class or show.
As I walked the aisles of specimen plants, one or two names showed up repeatedly. Mrs. Hamilton, for one. Her reputation had preceded her, as I'd heard my mom talk about her before. Mrs. Hamilton reached legendary status long ago. Mom wondered if she would have entries in this year's show.
You bet she did and while she didn't win something with everything she entered (a LOT of things!), she won her fair share.
So did Diana Wister. Both Mrs. Hamilton and Ms. Wister had both large and small, and nearly always dramatic entries. You could just about guess which entries belonged to one or the other. What Mom and I wanted to know was how many trucks it took to bring them in, and what their greenhouses must look like. I don't know the age of Ms. Wister, but Mrs. Hamilton is 81 or so years old and surely has staff to help her take care of these things.
I enjoyed looking at the specimens as much as I did the garden displays:
Pretty amazing Aeoniums!
More awesome cacti.
Yellow Clivia, surrounded by Coleus.
Look at the size of these hanging plants!
|Paphiopedalum Peter Pernar x. Kayday|
|Yes, it's an orchid, but I didn't capture its name.|
This gigantic rabbit's foot fern? Mrs. Hamilton's, of course.
Another Mrs. Hamilton winner in the Wardian Case category.
Clivias were a BIG deal at the show, and we saw many of them.