Friday, February 12, 2016

Blue Ribbon Winning Flowers

Blue ribbon small red dahlia Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy Floral Friday! I found this post in my draft folder (it was supposed to have automatically posted in 2014 but obviously something went wrong) and figured today was as good day to share it. I hope these blue ribbon winning flowers brighten your day!

"I'm blessed by my county fair awarding at least 12 of my flowers blue ribbons this year! The red dahlia above is one of my actual flowers entered in the fair, photographed two days after the judging occurred. In the interest of sharing good photos of pretty flowers the rest of the photos below are representative of what I entered but not the actual blooms entered.
Mixed dahlia bouquet: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
If you've been following my blog you know I love dahlias. The dahlias received the most blue ribbons (they have different categories for different size and color dahlias). I have only been growing them for a few years but I get a lot of joy from their vigorous flower output and variety of blooms.
Bee on tithonia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 The tithonia I grew from seed also won a blue ribbon. The bees, butterflies and moths love them.
Mr. Lincoln rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
This is actually a Mr. Lincoln rose, which I didn't enter as it wasn't opened yet at fair entry time but the pink hybrid tea rose I did enter won a blue ribbon. You can see a similar rose at the bottom of this post (it's the last photo).
White cosmos flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The white cosmos I entered looked better than this one currently blooming in my garden but this is currently the only bloom on the plant.

What a fun blessing to have my Maryland garden recognized in such a way. If you're local the fair runs through Sunday and in addition to the flowers there are a lot of neat exhibits (bee keeping displays, chain saw carving, photography, 4H, animals, crafts, herbs, an 88 pound watermelon and more). May God bless all the fair volunteers and may He bless you too!

What is your favorite part of a county or state fair? Do you have a favorite fair memory to share? I'd love to hear it!"

Related posts:
Flowers, freeloaders and funkiness:
Raindrop flowers:
Vibrant spring flowers:
2013 County Fair results:


  1. Comments from friends:
    Kath Morgan: "So pretty!!"

    Barbara Kulp: "Congrats on your blue ribbons."

    Thank you kindly, Kath & Barbara! Well done on your Lift activities!

  2. Your flowers are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing some of God's beauty with us!

    1. Thank you Richard! God sure is amazing in His creativity! He could have made our world drab and colorless or given us just one kind of flower. But He lavished us with amazing color and flower variety. May He bless and keep you!