July Contest Winners

Violet Barn Photo Contest – July 2017

Once again, many deserving entries, but we had to make a difficult decision to select just a few.  Here are the winners (click on thumbnail photo to view full size image):

First Prize winner


Bristol’s Water Bug

Hyn Patty wins this month’s contest with her photo of streptocarpus ‘Bristol’s Waterbug’.  Paige wins a $50 coupon good towards a future purchase.

This photo jumped off the screen, demanding to be noticed.  It’s also very flattering to the variety shown and shows how beautiful streptocarpus can be.  These blooms are typical of this variety, though Paige did send us other photos showing the blooms with extra petals during one blooming

Second Prize winner

Ma's Pillow Talk

Ma’s Pillow Talk

Second place went to Alexandra Kravtsov, of Ohio.  The plant shown is ‘Ma’s Pillow Talk’.  This is a standard African violet, and one of our hybrids.  The photo shows the nice variegation of this variety and the lovely double white blooms.  We also liked the setting where the photo was taken.

Alexandra says she grows them in her bedroom by a southern window.  She loves African violets and orchids and, judging by this and the other photos she sent us, grows them very well.

Honorable mention




Sinningia bullata

We decided to award two honorable mention awards among the many other worthy entries.

At left is Holly VanVoorhis’s kitchen window, full of streptocarpus.  What a great way to display these plants!  At right is Donna Guiliano’s photo of Sinningia bullata.  A nice photo of a very unusual species sinningia.

Below appear a few of the other entries.  We can’t show them all, but these are the photos we found most interesting.  Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who entered.

African violet

Ma’s Corsage

African violet

Grape Glory


Fred’s Yellow Wine

African violet

Rob’s Cotton Ball






From left to right:

‘Ma’s Corsage’ entered by “jmm” (sorry no name, just your email).

‘Grape Glory’ from Marie Heath.

Streptocarpus ‘Fred’s Yellow Wine’ from Jonathan Windham.

‘Rob’s Cotton Ball’ from Dogan Uy.