Shrewsbury Flower Show entrants can make a floral arrangement look like anything.
A stack of lemons wrapped around a bunch of flowers resembled a volcanic eruption. One florist arranged fresh burgundy dahlias and yellow snapdragons to look like the colors of the rainbow, earning praise from a judge who deemed it a "beautiful classical design" and affixed it with a blue ribbon.
Other florists designed arrangements to look like the heavens, depicting the sun, moon and stars with dried flowers and branches.
The creativity on display is amazing, said Stephany Sechrist, a longtime flower show visitor from Red Lion, as is the skill needed to turn a good idea into an awesome arrangement.
The lemon volcano, in particular, earned plenty of oohs, ahhs and wide-eyed smiles from visitors who strolled slowly among the show's exhibits in the Shrewsbury Fire Hall Sunday, taking pictures and catching up with friends while organ music played in the background.
The show celebrates many things summer, not just flowers.
The York County Beekeepers Association, for example, set up an observation hive where visitors watched bees make wax. A couple of bees escaped from the hive, association secretary Gail Leasure said, giving them a chance to buzz among the abundance of flowers in the fire hall.
People from many walks of life visited the show.
For example, Shiloh Garden Club member Julia Hahn stopped by to scope out the exhibits and bring some ideas back to her fellow club members.
And Lucas Schwanke, 8, of Glen Rock, took home awards for flowers, as well as for tomatoes and peppers, that he grew.