Archive for July, 2012

A quick video of our #12 mum field on July 27, 2012.

just-walked-in-the-doorAs you can see from my previous posts that we drove up and back to the show. We spent Sunday and Monday at the show. Both days seemed very busy on the show floor. We had good visits with out suppliers. Now we are waiting on them to get us our new pricing so that we can get started on the spring 2013 planning.

Both sales people and buyers were running around like crazy trying to get every one and everything seen that they needed to see. Several that I spoke to all mentioned how crazy their schedules were with meetings and trying to catch up with people. None of them seemed to have time to get it all done. I think companies should allow their people more time to take in the show and to talk to folks.

I didn’t see much in the way of new stuff that really got me excited. Most of the new introductions were additions or improvements to existing product lines like a new color of this or an improved variety of that.

One item that kind of stood out is the Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry Vinca which was the 2012 All American Select Flower winner. I say “kind of” because even though I like the flower color, I am not sure how to best work it into our production. I don’t think there will be enough volume demand for it to be added into our packs or 1801 lines.  I do like it in the Jams ‘N Jellies American Pie Mixture Vinca. Do you have any suggestions for it?

Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry Vinca Jams 'N Jellies American Pie Mixture Vinca (Photos courtesy of http://www.panamseed.com)

Other interesting additions are new mixes of Confetti Gardens but I didn’t end up with any good pictures of them.

Monday night was the Awards Night. We were invited to dinner by Wayne Pianta with Pan American Seed. Congratulations to Pan American Seed for their Cool Wave Pansies which won the Greenhouse Grower Editor’s Choice Medal of Excellence Award. We got the luck of good timing and the privilege of celebrating that night at dinner with Anne Leventry, President of Pan American Seed, Claire Watson, PAS Marketing Manager, Mark Short, PAS Global Sales, Wayne Pianta and Jim Bloodworth, who are both PAS Technical Product Representatives, and well as John and Natalie Miller and Sabrina Chu from Tagawa and David Pruitt from Ball Tagawa. Thanks everyone! We had a great time and congratulations again on winning!

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Here are some random pictures from the show.

syngenta-kwik-kombos ball-booth

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cheyenne-spirit-echinacea confetti-gardens

Jams 'N Jellies American Pie Mixture Vinca orchids

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So far the trip home has been pleasantly uneventful but unfortunately there have also not been any buffalos or alpacas just a lot of corn fields.

We are way behind schedule now even though we got up early. We happened across Dixie Gun Works which was more like a museum than a store. In fact they did have a classic car museum. It was a neat place and we spent almost 2 hours looking around.

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We crossed the Mississippi Rive for the 4th time in 4 weeks. I am so ready to be home.

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We traded corn fields for soybeans now. There are good roads in NE Arkansas but you have to drive bad roads in between to get to them.

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Only about 4 more hours to go now. Yea.

Guess I spoke too soon. Going through Searcy we were almost side swiped by an idiot in a big pickup. You know the type: jacked up truck, owns the road, in a hurry to get where ever and not paying attention to anyone else. He merged into the right lane from the on ramp and kept coming over into our lane. I’m sitting in the passenger seat and can see my reflection in the chrome around his head light. Beck held it together and gunned it. He saw us at the last microsecond and swerved back into his lane.

We stopped off in Ozark, AR and had dinner to Rivertown BBQ. From there I debated on swinging north to Shores Lake to check in at the Search and Rescue command post to see if they needed me to relieve someone Thursday on a search for a missing woman. About the time we got to the turn off, I got a notification that she had been found. She had been missing in the woods for 2 days.

Thus endeth our trip home. Nothing left to do but laundry.

I did forget to post this last night when we got home.

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Yes, it will take us more than one day to drive home. We were out late last night at dinner. I will compile all my pictures and give you all a post on the show, but this one is about our drive home.

I let Beck sleep in an extra hour after staying up so late since she is the one doing all the driving. I can’t fit in the driver’s seat.

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Right now we are fighting over the radio. I’m listening to the Stones “She’s So Cold” and Beck hates Mick Jagger. The song is over and now she’s happy with Tears For Fears.

Hello Cincinnati!

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And now Kentucky.

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We stopped for lunch at a nice place in La Grange, KY called One Nineteen West Main. The food was very good and the staff was friendly. Also the train through town ran straight down Main Street.

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After that we decided to cut cross country southwest out of Louisville. We took the back roads. We saw some new country and a lot of corn fields.

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That little side trip put us an hour or two behind, but we knew it would. We’ll still get home tomorrow evening as planned. It is 6 pm CST as I type this on my tablet in the car. We are still driving. Not sure when or where we will stop.

We gave out in Benton, KY about 7 pm and grabbed some pretty good Italian food at Mama D’s.

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Thus endeth our day…

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We got another late start again. I have had a hard time getting up since I got back from vacation. My wife has had that problem forever.

Right off the bat this morning the car in front of us on the on ramp almost ran off the ramp. We have encoumtered an unusually high number of incidents of bad driving on ths trip. The traffic is light today so maybe we won’t get run off the road.

We witnessed an alpaca deal behind a Wendy’s in Cloverdale, IN. It was kimd of like the drug deals you see on TV but furrier with some spitting. I took a picture but accidentally deleted it while I was cleaning old pictures off my tablet. Probably for the best since I think alpaca dealers want to remain annonymous.

Snappes a couple of pics going through Indianapolis.

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There was a cop in front of all of us that caused the traffic to back up.

Made it to Columbus. Ready for an early start tomorrow.

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