Clay Higgins, New Jersey

Silver Ribbons

April 5, 2009

Category: Daffodil Enthusiasts

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I think I have damaged my reputation by winning three Silver Ribbons at the last three shows that I attended, Gloucester, VA., Garden Club of Virginia on the Northern Neck Irvington, VA, and Richmond, VA.
That’s what happens when a gimpy large collection shower stops doing the collections of 24 stems Quinn Awards, etc., and puts his flowers into the collections of five, stems of three, and single stems.  LOL
Don’t expect that to continue next year. I expect to be both, back to full physical health and to my basic showing regiment of the 24, 15, and 12 stems before I put in stems of three and single stems.  I’m not typically a “piggy award” silver ribbon type guy. 🙂
But then again, I have always liked the three stems exhibits.
One more daffodil show to go and that’s it over for me this year.  No piggy award expected at WDS as my daffodils blooms are at the end of my season in North Carolina.
Clay E. Higgins
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cell (301) 814-4206

3 responses to “Silver Ribbons”

  1. Lynn Ladd says:
    Michael and his wife won the silver ribbon at the East Tennessee show AND the Middle Tennessee show! 
    Lynn Ladd

  2. John Beck says:

    I look forward to seeing your flowers at Cincinnatti!

  3. Clay Higgins says:

    To some of us newer growers who are intimidated by the mega-collections, the Silver Ribbon is a big deal. I just don’t have that many varieties to be dabbling in the 12’s and 15’s. At peak bloom we can put in a few collections of 5, but at other times we struggle to put in one.


    I think awarding a ribbon to the grower with the most blues is good practice, and something I would like to see at other flower shows. All rose exhibitors seem to care about is who wins Queen, so all you ever see at rose shows these days is an endless succession of the same 10 varieties, since those are the varieties most likely to win Queen. An award for the most blues would provide some recognition for growers who grow a variety of flowers, both hybrid teas and other varieties. One of the nicest things about a daffodil show is the huge number of varieties which are present, and any of them can win any number of awards.

    Mike Kuduk

    Winchester, KY

    PS – Thanks to all about your Magic Lantern comments. We’ll give it a year or two, and hopefully it will quit being “Muddy Lantern”.