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This is what our Sunpatiens look like. For some reason one side of the beds look better than the other on almost all the plants but you can especially tell with the sunpatiens.

One thing for sure is that for them to do well, you need to keep them watered good. Which is pretty much what we expected they would need.

Several of our landscapers have expressed disappointment in how theirs performed. The ones we grew were the compact varieties. Maybe the regular ones do better?

It has also been 100+ for the past 18 days and no rain for the last 2 months.

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There is no getting around it or away from it. It is hot here. Forecasted highs around 105 degrees for the next 2 weeks without any relief or chance of rain other than a spot afternoon storm.

The mums are in the field and being well watered, and they are growing. With the night temperatures about 75 degrees we can expect a 7-14 day delay in blooms. Typically a bloom delay is not a problem due to the fact that mums will bloom when the temperatures cools down which is usually when customer demand begins to pick up. However, sometimes you get those unusual years where it stays really hot until the end of August or early September then cools off fast and there is a lag between when the customers want the mums and when the blooms start cracking color.

Our first round of poinsettias cuttings have been stuck in their Oasis cubes. This heat is not the best for them but we are keeping a close eye on them. So far the cuttings look good. The critical time will come when we plant them if it stays this hot. We will have to watch them even closer then.

I got back from the Short Course last week. We drove to Columbus and took our time. It was good to see our friends and make a few new ones. All in all, I was able to get a lot accomplished, but as for the show there were not a lot of items or new plants that really caught my eye as a must have for 2012.

We will also be at the Nursery Expo in Dallas next month.

That’s it for now. You all try to stay cool.

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The trade show was great this year. There were a lot of people there. I’ve been too busy to post on the blog but have been posting on Twitter. Here are a few pictures for you. I will post more when we get home.

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This is a link to a practical joke I pulled on the local weather man when we were doing a segment on garden mums. It took him a while but he has finally posted the video of it.

Garrett is a great guy. I almost feel bad about it. Almost but not quite.

Enjoy 🙂

http://www.5newsonline.com/weather/blog/kfsm-garretts-blog-flashback-2003 -prank-on-garrett-20110708,0,3794954.htmlstory

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