Welcome to the Fourth Annual Fairegarden Viola Beauty Pageant! Before we begin showing this year’s contestants, let us bring everyone up to date on the rules of the contest and the change in the time of the presentation. Begun in the early pre-blogging years of this incarnation of the Fairegarden, the qualities of the self-sown viola volunteers that spring to life in the gravel paths of the knot garden each May were compared and judged by my daughter Semi and me. When the blogging began and the gravel begat yet more gorgeousness, images were captured and readers were invited to vote for their favorites. Names and bios were added for fun and amusement. In 2011, an executive decision was made to snap the photos in May, as always when blooming occurs, but to save the pageantry for January. Seeing the cheerful faces would perhaps help bring joy to gardeners as winter blahs begin to set in, was the thinking behind the change. And now, let us bring on the lovely chosen ones. , the crowned winner of 2010, will anoint the new Fairest of the Faire after a week of voting.
appears to be a direct result of the addition of new genetic material into the knot garden paths over the last couple of years, the highly variable V. ‘Antique Shades’. The yellow background of the lower petal is unique, there is distinct whiskering that adds to her charms. When not participating in pageants, which she only does to help pay for her further education with the scholarship money, Fiona enjoys kayaking at the nearby Ocoee whitewater rapids that were built for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. She is studying to be a freshwater marine biologist.
is a sweetheart, showing the seperate yellow and blue coloration of the original flats of violas that were planted in the four quadrants of the knot garden in 2000. What sets her apart from the others is the pouty lips of an upside-down heart in glorious purple. Greta is a creative being, and plans to use the prize money to open a pottery studio that specializes in teaching young children the joy of molding useful and beautiful items from the clay of the Earth.
is a real beauty with her shades of blue and perky whiskers. Her yellow throat reveals a love of music, for she has a classically trained singing voice, hoping to one day sing at The Met in New York City. She has been compared to the inimitable Leontyne Price in her prime.
displays interesting pale ears that are ever so lightly brushed with blue at the edges. No wicked witch, this sassy lass does love to be on stage and dreams of joining a traveling troupe of actors who will entertain folks by putting on shows for the price of room and board.
is a classic beauty with the genetic yellow throat, whiskers and gentle blushing of color on the three lower petals that is shared by many of the offspring in the gravel. Named for the delightful creature who charmed one and all in the wizarding world, Fleur is very down to Earth. Her talents are of the culinary type and she likes to develop recipes to perfection before recording the recipe to be shared online, for free.
, who bears a close familial resemblance to Fiona, is, what else but a lithe-limbed dancer extraordinaire. Birds do love this little missy, and gladly provide feathers for some of her more elaborate costumes.
in shades of purple and lilac was a favorite of the judges who were choosing the finalists for this post. She is calm and soft spoken, able to ease the cares and pains of life to those who need a gentle guiding to help them find their way. That is a very special gift.
pronounced Ga-ee-ya, is the spiritual leader of the girls. She is wise and all-knowing and keeps her door unlocked, unafraid of the evil squirrels and voles who would dig up the roots and leave the poor plant out of the ground to dry up and die. I wish she would share her secret power with the humans around here.
has royalty in her veins, for she is a direct descendant of the 2008 winner of the first blogged about beauty contest, Gypsy. Always a handful, Desiree is a wild one, but with the same sweet disposition, and knockout curves, as her mother.
There you have them, gentle readers. I understand completely the difficulty in picking only one winner, having had to narrow it down to these nine from more than three dozen. Please make your choice and leave a comment with your vote, if you wish to participate. The tally will be made and announced in a week or so. Thank you for joining in this little bit of whimsical fun on a winter’s day.
Added: The winner, Fairest of the Faire for 2012 was Fiona.
Viola Beauty Pageant-2010
Simone, Delilah, Elana, Penny, Ann Marie, Chloe, Jill, Kayleen, Beatrix, Geraldine-Miss Congeniality. Winner-Ann Marie.
Viola Beauty Pageant-2009
Marlene, Blanche, Nadine, Opal, Calypso, Monique, Olivia, Delores, Chrystyne, Loueez, Savannah-Miss Congeniality. Winner-Loueez.
Viola Beauty Pageant
Elspeth, Pearl, Roxey, Isis, Gypsy, Stream, Agnyss, Janet, Chessie, Renata, Inez, Jessica. Winner-Gypsy.
2007 winner-Felicty, pre-blogging