If you've ever wondered how there can be quite so many murders in Midsomer, look no further than Britain in Bloom. It tells you all you need to know about how seriously people can take things when it comes to the very local.
And DCI Barnaby had better be on the lookout, because for the next two weeks the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom judges are taking their highly prestigious clipboards around the entire British Isles to check out the finalists for this furiously
If you're not familiar with Britain in Bloom, it's considerably more intriguing than simple floral showing-off.
As in the FA Cup, some of the most satisfying stuff goes on at the very lowest levels of the competition, as even the smallest scheme gets help to find funding and recognition for improvement made. (For example check out this scheme to improve a churchyard in Torbay which was a coat-hanger dumping ground for the town's regular shoplifters before the team got to work.)
But if you want one of those coveted signs for the whole town recognising its "Britain in Bloom" status, you will have to be in it for the long haul. The judging taking place this August is on towns that qualified last year, to ensure a certain consistency of achievement (no last minute running out to Homebase here, then).
So here are the shortlisted towns in full:
Champion of Champions - Nottingham (large city), Heysham (small village), Alness
(small town), St. Ives & Carbis Bay (town), Darly (village)
Large City - London Borough of Croydon, Belfast, Sheffield
City – Solihull, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Tameside, Aberdeen
Small City – Stevenage, Mansfield, Gateshead, Taunton, Banbury
Large Town – Kendal, Buxton, Douglas, St. Hellier, Coleraine, Whickham, Perth, Bicester, Caerphilly
Town – Bridgnorth, Nantwich, Enniskillen, Morpeth, Forres, Rustington
Small Town - Frinton-on-Sea, Cricklade, Wareham, Dunnington
Large village - Kirkby Stephen, Market Bosworth, Upton upon Severn, Woolton, Falkland, Limpsfield Cayton
Village – Filby, Scarva, Earsdon, East Budleigh, Raglan
Small village – Scotlandwell, Ravenfield
Urban Regeneration - Chapelfield (Norwich), Leicester, Seedley and Langworthy
Urban Community – Moseley, Dyce, Clifton Village (Bristol), Wolverton and Greenleys, Starbeck
Small Coastal Resort – Herm, St. Brelade, Whitehead, North Berwick, Cemaes Bay
Large Coastal Resort – Felixstowe, Southport, South Shields, Exmouth, South Sea, Scarborough
(Picture from Douglas Borough Council, Isle of Man website)