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I Won, I Won (Actually, the Lily is the Winner)

Can you believe it, I actually won a competition. Not only that, I won it for a photograph of one of my flowers (doing the happy dance here).

I bought all my bulbs from Hadeco, South Africa’s prime bulb producer. Then I found out that they have a weekly photo competition they run on their Facebook page and a few weeks ago, when my bulbs started flowering I started entering, and have done so faithfully each week. This week one of the first entries they received (you can see the entries on their page) was a magnificent green Arum Lily (Zantadeshia) and I thought it would surely win and I decided not to enter this week as I didn’t stand a chance.

But what do you know … excited about my first white Asiatic Lily flowering, I took a photo very late Thursday afternoon as the sun had gone down and decided to enter it after after all. And yesterday afternoon I got a huge surprise when I received an e-mail telling me my gorgeous Lily has won me a hamper from Hadeco!

Here is my winning lily …

Winning Lily

I’m sure it is the lovely Lily that won me the prize as it hasn’t got anything to do with my photographic skills. But in case you are interested, you can click on the left photo below to see the original, uncropped version that I submitted. The one on the right I took today when the sun was shining, just to see how it would look with the sun shining on the flower.

On the winning photo I love how pure the new Lily looks against the magnificent bark of the tree. On the other photo, It shows me that sunlight and time of day makes a huge difference to the overall look of the photograph (i.e. the flower looks more beautiful without the harsh light of the sun on it).

[one_half]The winning photographThe winning photograph[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Same Lily, different time of daySame Lily, different time of day[/one_half_last]

I’m very excited to have won something and thrilled that the prize is a hamper of Hadeco bulbs! I’ll post on the blog when I receive the hamper.

Happy Gardening


By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

28 replies on “I Won, I Won (Actually, the Lily is the Winner)”

Christine – you are very humble about that photograph! It is definitely “the money shot” – no question. Congratulations – your win is well deserved! The flower is gorgeous.

Oh, how thrilling! Not just the winning – but getting even more bulbs! I hope your prize arrives soon. Beautiful lily picture. The lily is perfect, and the bark gives such wonderful contrasting interest. Congrats!

Hey!! Wow!!! What a deserving win!! The Lily (awesome!!) is so beautifully perfect and the photographer in you is starting to see that it isn’t all the learning and the years of experience. It is timing! Perfect light, perfect subject perferct timing!! Well done my friend!! You must be proud!! Yeay! 🙂

Wow congratulations! All winnings are wonderful. And that lily is so beautiful also on its own. I can’t see that color in nurseries here so when i saw it in one of my friends, i asked 2 bulbs, however it turned out to have virus. It is alive but not nice because of the virus. At lest it is in a container in the office and will not affect other plants.

Thanks Alison! It was a lucky shot – but I’ve learnt to wait till late afternoon or early morning to do flower photographs – they look much better!

Thanks Diana – I’ll let you know whats in the hamper. I’m guessing maybe Amaryllis and Zantadeschias, maybe some Dahlias – that’s what they are selling at the moment. But I don’t mind what they send … I’m just excited to have won something 🙂

Congratulations, Christine. I can feel your excitement. Actually I am so thrilled, feeling as if I am the one winning!

The photo is beautiful! It looks a whole lot more stunning without the shadow.

Thank you One!! I really appreciate your congratulations as I am in awe of your photographic skells. The recent photos you did for GardenWalkGardenTalk’s Word for Wednesday ‘Illuminate’ is absolutely outstanding … I’m a complete amateur, but I’m enjoying the win nonetheless 🙂

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