The other evening I accompanied The Reluctant Gardener, The Dubious Gardener, and The Expert Gardener to a local garden center which was having a flower show, a car show, and a free barbecue. Free entertainment, and I don't need much of an excuse to go to the nursery. We ate barbecue immediately - didn't want to miss out on that. While Reluctant and Dubious toured the car show in the parking lot (and got seconds on the food) Expert and I took a look at the flower show. To our surprise it turned out to be a judging of trial plants that weren't available yet. The staff gave everyone three flags and we were instructed to place them in each of our three favorites. Okay, now that was fun! We saw plants in colors that variety hadn't come in before, like this orange calibrachoe. After the judging we could buy them so I did.
They said the ones with the most flags will be the varieties they buy a lot of next spring. Pretty clever of them. But not everyone likes orange flowers. Apparently I do because I bought this orange petunia too.
This reminds me there's an orange Popsicle in the freezer waiting for me.