Welcome back race fans!
Here we are witnessing the Memorial Marathon, the first leg of the Triple Crown – the Greatest Spectacle in Flower Racing!
On the morning of the third day of the Marathon the weather breaks fair
and the flowers come charging out of turn two, heading down the backstretch.
Gloriosa Daisy is showing signs of fatique.
Daylilly blooms a magnificent morning bloom, edging around Gloriosa to take the lead.
When out of nowhere, Wild Campanula bursts forth like a speed demon and slingshots around the around the frontrunners to take a full one length lead.
It is Campanula, Daylilly, Gloriosa.
Beebalm remains steady in fourth.
She picks up her pace and pulls right up against Gloriosa.
Shasta Daisy maintains a steady pace in the middle of the pack but Yarrow begins to fade.
As the morning wears on, the sun becomes hot and punishing.
After days of rain, the abrupt change to hot sun is hard on the flowers.
Gloriosa withers in the sun and the erstwhile favorite appears to be fading.
Sweet Pea hears her fans cheering and digs deep for more energy.
Poppy remains a no-show, Echinacea can’t get loose of the pack and Forget-Me-Not is just beginning to find her bloom.
Lumbering at the back of the pack, the controversial entry Elephant Ear tries to sort this whole racing thing out. Never a bloomer, yet always a showman, Elephant Ear was allowed to join the race this year and appears to be having a ball. Rain, rain, heat, rain. Elephant Ear LOVES this weather!
Maintaining a comfortable pace with Elephant Ear are the greenhouse annuals of the Red Impatiens and White Begonias.
As the day wears towards evening, the weather changes again. Heavy rains return, hammering the flowers.
The leader Wild Campanula stumbles, falling forward in the rain.
Spiderwort breaks from the pack, taking over the leaders and charging into turn three.
Meanwhile Bee Balm continues to look steady, taking the abrupt changes of weather in perfect stride.
It’s a crazy mix with flowers jammed together in a pack.
At the end of day three, it appears that the order is Spiderwort, Daylilly, and Bee Balm followed by a determined, yet struggling, Gloriosa Daisy.
Stay tuned race fans…. The race goes on and the Memorial Marathon is beginning to sort itself out.