Archive for February, 2013

Hello everyone,

It seems that I never have time to just blog. I used to be able to write a few posts a week and talk about the industry or whatever was on my mind. Now all I seem to do is run to the next fire of which there are 2 and maybe 3 that needs to be done today before I leave for a conference in LR and an overnight stay that I have not even packed for yet.

Enough of my whining. We will have some color ready next week. I think that we will probably be getting loads out going south next week. We might be able to piece together enough products for some other runs to. Early availability is kind of limited because we have to play it conservative. We never know if is will be 70 degrees or snowing this time of year.

We also have a new feature here on the website. If you look to the right, there are now two availability links. The Current Availability link will take you to today’s availability. The Future Availability will take you to an availability 3 days out.

On Monday through Friday morning, these two will be the same. However, sometime Friday afternoon we will get the new availability numbers in for the next week and I will update the link. When the link is updated Friday after noon it will show Monday’s availability.

This all means that you don’t have to wait for the fax or email to get Monday’s availability. The Future Availability link will only show Monday’s availability from sometime Friday afternoon until the end of the day Sunday. Starting Monday they will both be the same. Each availability has a date on it at the bottom so they you can see which one you are using. Ask your sales rep if you have any questions about these availabilities.

Now here is some of what we will have ready next week. Be sure to check out the availability because I did not have time to run around and get pics of all the new additions like #4 Herbs.

1204’s – we have some blooms starting to open up on our dianthus and impatiens (in the middle of the house on the picture on the right)

1204 dianthus impatiens

Tomatoes are ready too along with our cole crops (not pictured).

1204 tomatoes 1 1204 tomatoes 4

J6 – getting more color out each day. The marigold buds pictured will be blooming sometime next week (I estimated some Light Color by Tuesday). We are running behind on our begonias.

J6 ageratum J6 verbena

J6 alyssum J6 dazzler impatiens 

J6 dianthus J6 marigolds 

J6 salvia J6 snapdragons

We have a lot of great looking perennials some even have buds and a few blooms.

buddleia 4 buddleia 5

echinacea cheyenne spirit echinacea pow wow wildberry

lavender perennials 8

scabiosa sedum angelina

sempervivum verbena homestead purple

verbena homestead red

perennials 2 perennials 9

Other stuff – Plumosus Ferns and some very nice looking geranium baskets that will be putting some blooms out in 10-14 days.

fern plumosus 1801 geranium baskets

Shaggy Shield Hardy Fern and Margarite Sweet Potato Vine

hardy fern shaggy shield ipomoea margarite 4.5in

Golden Lysimachia – kinda looks green in the pic but it’s not, and some Taishan Marigolds that are budding.

lysimachia 4.5in taishan marigolds 6in

Lots of color out on our Wave Petunia Hanging Baskets. I didn’t have time to fish them down from the drip lines to get better pictures. Sorry. These bottom up views show how far over the edge of the pot they are now (Friday).

wave petunia baskets 1 wave petunia baskets 7

wave petunia baskets 9

These are just some greenhouse shots.

greenhouse 6 greenhouse 7

greenhouse 8

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…we have a few plants that are starting to get ready.

Be sure to check out our Current Availability to see our complete list. In addition to our cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts, we have some annual color starting to pop out.

Our Wave Petunia baskets are really coloring up fast and we have a bunch. We ended up with some leftover colors in the plugs so in addition to our regular colors and mixes, I have added an “Odd Ball Mix” item to lump these into that include mixes like Violet & White.

Wave Petunia Baskets

Our early J6’s have some color too. I kept the dianthus off for now until it can Bud up more. It will probably be at least a week before we have Buds or some Buds/Light Color on our J6 Petunias. In the meantime, we have Ageratum, Impatiens, Snapdragons and Verbena.

ageratum J6 impatiens J6

snapdragons J6 verbena J6

1204 Tomatoes are ready too for all those early farmers.

1204 tomatoes-1 1204 tomatoes-3

1204 Onions

onion 1204 onion

These are some random pics of other items that we have in production.

bumper crop tomato greenhouse

hardy ferns mandevilla

new portulaca 1204 pentas

planting setcresea polemonium

tropical hibiscus voltage yellolw osteospermum

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hardy ferns We are planting a lot of plugs now. This time of year we are running at full planting mode. We got in 98,000 cuttings and liners this week and probably planted that many or more plugs.

We do almost all of our own seed and cutting propagation. There are a few items we buy in as rooted liners, but it is not many. Before I get to the plug stuff let’s talk about the cole crops.

We are going to move them out to our shade house. There is no heat in that house so the cole crops will harden off and toughen up. The waterers can water them more with out worrying about the plants stretching which will help them finish rooting out. They are not quite rooted out well enough to ship.

We have some other items that are coming along nicely and will be ready in a 2-3 weeks to go with the cole crops. Once we get them outside, they will not get too tall while we wait for the other plants to get ready.

This is what they look like when I checked on them Friday morning (1/8/13). Most of them are 50-75% rooted.

broccoli 1204 cole crops 1204

In case you didn’t know, we also do onions in 1204’s too. There are 4-7 live onion plants per cell for a total of 16-28 plants per pack. Your customers who want onions can start out with live plants instead of a dried up onion bunch that may or may not grow. These are also well suited for smaller gardens which don’t need  a whole onion bunch.

onions 1204

Like I started out with we have been planting like crazy and here is the proof:

Begonias are popular and we have a lot of them in production. The begonias on the left are big and ready to plant. The other pictures are of a new crop just sprouting.

begonia plugs begonia seedlings 2

begonia seedlings 3 begonia seedlings 5

Coleus seedlings and hardy hibiscus liners that are almost ready to plant.

coleus seedlings hardy hibiscus plugs

Tomato plugs seeded this week and tomato plugs seeded about 3 weeks ago. As you can see they grow fast.

new tomato plug tray tomato plugs

They all start out tiny and some take longer grow like the pentas. Some grow fast like tomatoes and marigolds.

penta seedlings marigold plugs

A couple of pictures of our plug house.

plug houes 9 plug house 3

This is some of what we planted this week:

Dragon Wing Begonias in #6 pots and #12 Deco pots.

dragon wing 6in dragon wing begonia deco pots

Planting J6 Begonias and #4 Charley’s Vegetables today.

planting begonias watermeion

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We have been getting calls from customers ready to get some cole crops. They are not quite ready yet. They need another 7-10 days to finish rooting out. We will probably move them outside soon to harden them off which will slow them down some.

I will be sure to keep you posted.

Today you get to just see perennials only. I finally got out to see how the perennials were doing, and they look awesome. We are going to have another great crop of perennials this year.

Changes and additions this year are:

Here is a quick video featuring Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit:

Here are a few pictures of our perennials:

sempervivum coreopsis and delphinium

coreopsis nana echinacea cheyenne spriit

lavender leucanthemum-5

leucantheum sante rudbeckia

scabiosa sedum blue spruce and agelina

sedum-fireglow

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