Was it Chris White MP doing a spot of litter-picking? Was it the hanging baskets of Albert Street?
Or was it all the roses, marigolds and geraniums planted out by Don Whittingham and his neighbours in Antelope Gardens that persuaded the Heart of England in Bloom judges that Warwick deserved gold this year?
Either way, everyone was ecstatic when the town achieved its first ever gold certificate in the regional section of the national Britain in Bloom competition.
While Leamington has become adept at picking up gold awards in the annual competition, Warwick is still a novice.
But now there’ll be no stopping neighbours like Don and Teresa Whittingham and Terry and Elaine Avery from carrying on with improving their corner of St Michael’s Road and Antelope Gardens in the future.
“We’ve started a gardening club and have a community shed after applying for a small grant,” said Don.
In the report from the judges, Chris White MP was praised for donning a pair of marigold gloves and helping to litter pick outside the railway station where he helped set up a Friends of the Station group.
And in Albert Street Margaret Ellis and her neigbhours put up 53 baskets and window boxes.
The judges awarded marks for all their efforts, including the work at the Saltisford arm of the Grant Union Canal where volunteers have created a sensory garden and made the narrowboats more accessible to wheelchair users.
They also praised the “inspired planting” in baskets in and around Market Place and the clean, tidy and graffiti-free environment of the town centre.
Although judge Roger Bache did deduct a few marks for a diseased cherry tree in front of Shire Hall and what he described as an “appalling lack of care to the flower beds outside.”
Despite this, town mayor Cllr Bob Dhillon was delighted to pick up the gold award at a ceremony in Tamworth last Thursday.
He was accompanied by Cllr Mandy Littlejohn, chairwoman of the town’s community and cultural committee, who personally begged, cajoled and charmed more residents and retailers than ever to get involved this year.
Cllr Littlejohn said: “We are thrilled - over the moon.”
The regional contest stretches from Gloucestershire to North Staffordshire taking in Coventry, Birmingham, the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.