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Cast Your Votes for the Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest

By dave
December 1, 2015

The entries are in and it's time to check out the photos that were submitted in our 2nd annual photo contest. Each member may cast up to 3 votes in each category, so head over to the photo contest page, start browsing the many beautiful photos, and cast your votes for your favorites.

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Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cactus and Succulents Butterflies Birds Bee Lover
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kniphofia
Dec 1, 2015 12:43 AM CST
I've noticed quite a few photos in the wrong categories.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
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gardengus
Dec 1, 2015 5:53 AM CST
I just don't vote for photos in the wrong catagory Shrug!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Dec 1, 2015 6:00 AM CST
Sue, I wondered what you meant and now I just got done with the "Trees and Shrubs" category. Got it. I agree with Cinda; if someone put them in the wrong category (because Dave would never have a computer glitch) then I disregard them. I think part of voting for the best in each category is that you want a picture that really embodies the category.

I do give a lot of leeway with annuals and perennials since I live in Florida and the flowers don't always follow the rules. Hilarious! And then there are some that I just scratch my head at. For example, I had a picture of a dahlia and I wondered if it was a perennial or bulb. I guess it's more of a tuber. I generally go to the plant database and see what it says. Thumbs up
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Morning Glories Garden Photography Region: Pennsylvania Charter ATP Member Orchids Dragonflies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 I helped beta test the first seed swap Bookworm Bee Lover
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 1, 2015 7:39 AM CST
Dahlias are a tough one because for me they aren't perennial and are really a tuber...I do put them in the bulb category. Same as canna, it's a tuber but can be considered a tropical too but I treat them as annuals. Sighing!
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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
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HollyAnnS
Dec 1, 2015 8:11 AM CST
Yes, I do give some leeway as what is a tropical for me is a perennial for someone in a different area.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Dec 1, 2015 8:13 AM CST
Yeah, Dahlias are a tough one. Personally I think they should have their own catagory Shrug! But in some parts of the country they are tubers that do not have to be dug up.

As for wrong category I was confused to find a fox in the vegetable pics. While it was cute I did not vote for it because I didn't see any veggies!
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Dec 1, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Under trees and shrubs there are quite a few close ups of the blooms and berries from trees and shrubs, to me those are in the right category.
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Morning Glories Garden Photography Region: Pennsylvania Charter ATP Member Orchids Dragonflies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 I helped beta test the first seed swap Bookworm Bee Lover
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 1, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Maybe sometime we can do no catagories, just gardening pictures voted down to best one Shrug!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Dec 1, 2015 11:07 AM CST
Ronnie, if they ever decide to put everything in one pot for me to vote on I am sure gonna need more than three votes! It was difficult narrowing down the entries in each category and I have stopped for a break.

Agree with everyone, if it is out of its category I just skip it but it is hard to know about some due to growth zone. I found that I tended to look at what is an annual or perennial in my zone.
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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
Region: New Hampshire Vegetable Grower Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tomato Heads
Annuals Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US
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robertduval14
Dec 1, 2015 11:17 AM CST

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jvdubb said:As for wrong category I was confused to find a fox in the vegetable pics. While it was cute I did not vote for it because I didn't see any veggies!


I actually liked that particular picture...
Did you open the picture to see the full view? I'm going to guess no, as that apple in the fox's mouth is fairly plain to see if you do.. Quite clever use of the category, IMHO.




Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Dec 1, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Well, yes I did see the apple in the fox's mouth. I guess I was just being too much of a purist.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Region: Pacific Northwest Lilies Sempervivums Sedums
Pollen collector I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
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pardalinum
Dec 1, 2015 1:35 PM CST
I kind of liked the dump truck dumping dirt. I forget which category it was in. I was tempted to vote for it because it reflects my sense of humor! Hilarious!
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Dec 1, 2015 2:34 PM CST
I had the same question about Dahlias and ended up putting my dahlia submissions in the perennial section. While they are not perennials for me in zone 4, they are in zone 7 and higher, and they definitely are not bulbs.


Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
Dec 1, 2015 3:26 PM CST
I didn't post any Dahlia because I wasn't sure what category they belonged in...but, I did see some beautiful blooms in a few different groups. Didn't have a problem clicking on them if I liked them though!
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
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HollyAnnS
Dec 1, 2015 3:59 PM CST
That fox with the apple really is cute.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Dec 1, 2015 5:21 PM CST
HollyAnnS said:That fox with the apple really is cute.


Don't get me wrong, I thought it was an awesome shot. Both of them actually
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Dec 1, 2015 6:47 PM CST
I'm taking a break too. In the perennials and annuals I just ignored the category, as So. Cal is like Florida in that respect. After reading that they could end up in the Data base, I narrowed it down to the best photo of the particular plant for ID purposes. Trees and shrubs were iffy. Beautiful pictures of Wisteria, which is a vine. Landscapes and gardens is the worst, so far. Lots of natural landscapes and lots of public gardens. Sometimes hard to figure out, and impossible to narrow down to three. Wild and native is relative too. This is an international site, and even what's wild or native between East and West coasts is often misunderstood, then you get into introduced species...Argg! I'm hoping some with the critters , like the coyote will be duplicated when I get to the last category. This is definitely more than one sitting. Dave is making us work a bit for our free site. Hilarious!
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
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gardengus
Dec 1, 2015 7:02 PM CST
I can't even imaging doing it at one sitting Blinking
I have done one category then go about my day till time to take a tea break then one more category.
Nice we have a few days Smiling
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Dec 1, 2015 7:41 PM CST
Last year I was stressing to find the time to judge each category. Seemed like there were too many good photos. Blinking Confused
Voting was easier for me this year. I happened to wake up at something like 3 in the morning with a headache - not a normal thing for me. I took two asprin and a glass of milk then spent an hour just looking at the pretty photos. No need to read any words. By the time the hour was over I had completed every category, had a few good laughs (empty containers, animal running off with an apple, etc.) and the headache was history. Thumbs up It was kind of funny to see my own photos (which I thought were so worthy) next to the really good photos. I am humbled.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
Dec 1, 2015 8:51 PM CST
I found it tricky choosing the right category for my photos because they could go in more than one category. For example, what if a plant is both a shrub and a native? Does a pot of irises belong to the irises category, the container category or both? It would be annoying if everyone ignored my photo if I put it in the wrong place. Maybe an administrator could check the photos and put them in the right category before launching the voting.

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