Archive for September, 2011
Hello everyone. I hope your fall is off to a great start. Around here we keep running in burst. It was 90 degrees here yesterday and the high today is supposed to be 78 degrees. From the feedback we are getting, garden centers in some areas aren’t getting their normal level of traffic.
I think that in those areas a lot of consumers are waiting for the weather to finally cool off and I think that they may be waiting for some rain. One comment on our Facebook page said that if it didn’t rain then they weren’t going to plant any pansies this year. That is not good news. However pansy sales are up so far for the year which tells me that their are a lot of people planting pansies out there.
In addition to that, the mums are late in blooming this year. So when it does cool off and the customers start buying in the areas that are having slow sales, there will still be mums available.
If you take debit cards and credit cards, you might want to Google some news reports on what’s happening there. Credit card companies are making changes to counter act the restrictions placed on their fees. I haven’t had time to really dig into all that but if some of initial reports I read are correct, it will affect smaller ticket purchases. So heads up, you probably need to contact your credit card company or bank to find out how this will affect you. Here is the most recent information from Google+.
The Current Availability link is to the right.
Here are the updates for next week:
First up is a 10in Pennisetum pot that was supposed to be a combo pot but the pennisetum grew like crazy in the heat and we were left with these that are now on sale.
All of our pansies, panolas and violas have great color!
This is what our mums that we are shipping out this weekend look like. This is fairly representative of what we will have available for the week. As we ship all of one variety that is Cracking or has a little Color, we will move on to the next variety that will have Big Buds or may even be Cracking too.
Our Cabbage and Kale are all looking very nice.
Our other fall annuals range from Buds to Good Color. Take a look.
You ask and I answer.
I have finally had a chance to get some pictures of the mums and now I can go over where we are at with what we have available.
First up is the #8 Mums.
These first 2 are representative of some of the Grolink varieties that grew straight up and never really branched out well. These are one of my early varieties that have big buds that are ready to pop. They look like they are going to bloom at the same time as my mid-season varieties.
These are some mid-season Grolink colors that mounded out nicely and are starting to bloom.
This last picture is representative of several varieties that are showing more color but have a considerably smaller head size in comparison to the others pictured.
We are shipping from all of the above and pulling the best that we canto cover the open availability orders while simultaneously holding onto the mums we need to cover those orders that were pre-booked. Trying to keep these separate is about to drive me bonkers.
Now for the #12 Mums.
I have to admit that I took these pictures from my truck with the zoom on my camera so they are not as close up as the #8 mums.
We are basically in the same situation with the #12’s as we are with the #8’s. The early varieties have more color but are smaller (we had a higher loss rate on the early #12 than we did the early #8; it was 115 degrees when we planted that day) which is forcing me to hold on to the later varieties to cover the pre-booked orders. We have mums available but they will have a wide variance in size (medium to nice) as well as a wide variance of bloom stage Buds to some Light Color here and there.
The yellow #12 mums took a harder hit than the other colors. I am holding on to all of them until I can cover the pre-booked orders. We may have some come available at the end of next week.
We will also probably have a few #10 mums next week or the week after that we grew as a custom program for a customer.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. This has been a very challenging mum year but we have been able to pull most of them through. The later blooming may be a benefit due to the dry weather. Hopefully, we will get some more rain soon with some cooler weather that will really get the customers coming in the stores. Please let us know if you have any questions about the mums or wish to see any specific pictures. Thanks again.
Here are a couple of more pansy pics for you. I will try to get some mum pictures for you tomorrow since we finally have some decent availability.
There is also an updated availability with a few more mums now available.