The votes have been tabulated in accordance with the rules of the official annual Fairegarden Viola Beauty Pageant, click here to see all of the contestants and read their bios. The winner is Fiona. Please give it up for sweet Fiona as she flutters along the knot garden pathways, waving, blowing kisses and tossing biodegradable beads and recycled paper wrapped organic treats to the adoring throngs. As promised, she will use the prize money to further her education as a freshwater marine biologist with hopes of gaining employment with an eco-friendly firm in that field.
Runner up in the voting, with fewer than a third as many picks as the runaway runway queen Fiona, was her sister, or could be cousin, Ginger. Congratulations to you both, my dears!
Memory is an elusive butterfly. During the winter doldrums, which this year are coming in driplets between warmer days, with or without sunshine which burns away any doldrum-like emotions, we enjoy perusing the old posts from years gone by. Doing so, looking at the statistics page offered by WordPress at the least viewed stories, I feel sorry for them. These are perfectly good blog offerings, with smaller photos ala the Blogger platform that we used in the first few months before switching over to WordPress, that can be clicked upon to enlarge. Back on topic, a Viola/Pansy Beauty Pageant was discovered as part of the March 2008 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Blooms Of March GBBD 2008 click on the title to view it. The rules were different than the official contest written about for the first time in May of that same year. Store bought, with only names given, these were a delightful mix of colors and form, but none of them were growing in the knot garden gravel. These were purchased and planted in containers and in the ground. The winner was…
…Miss Margaret, Fairest of the Faire Garden, March 2008. She certainly was a beauty, wasn’t she? It is funny to me that no mention was made at all of this preliminary beta version of the official Viola Beauty Pageant. Was that intentional? Honestly, I don’t recall. But we honor all the beautiful pansies and violas that grace us with their charms, so welcome after the winter, whatever sort of weather it blows our way.