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Re: miniatures


Auralie,
Re > "...of naturally small growth or designated as a 
> dwarf or miniature variety by nurseries...There is a 
> size-restriction on container-grown materials - usually 4-inch maximum 
> container"

Just curious:
Say you grew a dwarf Filipendula "Kakome" in the ground and dug it up to take 
to this show, could it then be in a larger than 4 inch container since it is 
not "container-grown"?

Kitty

> In a message dated 08/08/2003 9:41:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
> 
> > Auralie,
> > I've really delighted in the comments you make on occasion about your 
> > miniatures.  Could you refresh me on your guidelines?  Do you have a maximum 
> > 
> > height for all plants, or do you allow for plants that are, while not 
> > necessarily diminutive, short in proportion to others in their genus?
> > 
> > 
> 
> Kitty, the rule says "All horticulture specimens must be fresh plant material 
> grown by the exhibitor, and of naturally small growth or designated as a 
> dwarf or miniature variety by nurseries or plant societies."  There is a 
> size-restriction on container-grown materials - usually 4-inch maximum 
> container, 
> measured inside the lip, and branches of trees or shrubs are not to exceed 10 
> inches from cut end to tip and must include several nodes.
> This sort of flower show presents a real challenge to growers, but we have 
> produced some beautiful stuff.  For one thing, a tiny plant might be overlooked, 
> and would often seem insignificant in a standard-size flower show with huge 
> showy specimens.  When all the horticulture is small you can focus on the 
> beauty of the tiny individual specimen.
> Our small show in April produced over 100 entries (we are a small club - only 
> 12 active members).  There were eight different Epimediums, for instance.  
> But an Epimedium would be hardly noticed in a standard show.  One member, an 
> orchid specialist, brought in a specimen with literally hundreds of tiny blooms, 
> and a large magnifying glass so people could apprecciate the beauty of each 
> tiny bloom.
> OK, we're oddballs, but we have a lot of fun - like this group.    Auralie
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