The time has come for the third annual Viola Beauty Pageant, the second one covered by the blog. Last year’s winner, Gypsy, shown above had a flowertastic reign with ribbon cutting ceremonies for revamped paths, earth breaking ceremonies with gold painted shovels for new beds and a whirlwind tour up and down the slopes of the Fairegarden. She is now ready to hand her crown over to a new sprout and move into the compost bin retirement village for aging beauty queens. Click here to view last year’s excitement and see who voted for whom in the comment section.Let us begin the 2009 judging with Marlene. This foxy lady is fond of wind surfing and kick boxing, a real athlete.May we present Blanche? A real egghead, she just received her doctorate in Marine Biology from UC at La Jolla. But don’t be put off by her intelligence, she is the soccer goalie for her travel team, the Red Cards.Given name Nadine, nicknamed Pythagora, this triangle petaled lovely is proud of her lower petal that sets her apart from the crowd, not opting for the popular use of plastic surgery used by some contestants in other pageants. That practice is strictly forbidden here and any flower suspected of artificial enhancement will be disqualified. All participants have been scrutinized by an expert in the field.For your consideration comes Opal, hailing from the newly included shed bed pathways where self seeders have spread from the knot garden gravel. Opal was chosen for her clear complexion and perky cobalt blue *ears*. In her down time, she is a celebrated multi-media artist, specializing in hand made paper murals.Calypso, she prefers Callie, is a dark petaled princess with a hint of reddish violet. The tests have been done and this is purely natural, no monthly dye jobs have been performed to maintain that hue and touch up roots. Callie is part of a large family, with fifteen siblings. She obviously got the beauty gene.Monique has a painterly feature with her lower petals appearing as if dipped in blue tempera. She is fluent in eight languages, including botanical Latin. If you need help with pronunciation, she’s your girl.The wild child of the group who loves to dance all night is Olivia. She gets into some scraps with her late night shenanigans, but has the sweetest disposition one could hope for. We do not take off points for tattered ears, it is a fact of life with the no spray policy here.Delicious Delores sports new and exciting colorways. There is hope for even more diversity with the help of new store bought violas being planted in the knot garden each fall. But everyone knows we love them all. Delores is the youngest contestant, just barely making the age cutoff of one month since germination. The other girls refer to her affectionately as *Baby*.The palest of the lot is Chrystyne. She has very fair skin and has to apply lots of sunscreen to avoid premature aging. She has a lovely singing voice and will break into a rousing rendition of Oklahoma! at the drop of a hat.The last finalist for your judging is Loueez. The other girls have given her the nickname of Eezy, and it is not meant in a flattering way if you get the drift. Those sorts of behaviours should not shade your opinion however. This is about beauty, not morality. Loueezy has many fine qualities. She is generous with her time and expertise in hair and makeup techniques and is adored by the little seedlings that are the groupies of these glamorous gals.
There you have the contestants for the 2009 Fairegarden Viola Beauty Pageant. Consider the semi -finalists’ attributes which you most admire and cast your vote in a comment below. The votes will be tallied and the winner announced in one week.
We present this year’s Miss Congeniality. The rules have been changed so she is not to be included in the voting. Voted as the most friendly by the girls themselves is Savannah, wearing the spider crown with honor and pizzazz.
Added: The votes have been tallied and the winner is the blue hued Loueez. This was a close race and the runner up Opal received nearly as many votes as the winner. As many have exclaimed, they are all winners in our hearts. Thanks to all who voted and thanks too to those who merely enjoyed the show. See you next year.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. Since 2000 I have been gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about this USDA Zone 7a garden since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
Older Posts Of Interest:
An assortment of winter beauties growing in the Fairegarden. (2011)
Color in the winter garden can be achieved by using plants that come to life during the cold season. (2011)
Look around your world for the things that appeal to you and make it happen in your garden. (2011)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
Now, fall, is the time to harvest those brown iris leaves and make something useful out of them. (2010)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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