Archive for March, 2012

Wow. I did not think we could do that much that fast. We have been slammed here all week and have already started in next week’s order. Spring is off to a great start. For those of you farther north, get ready because when it hits it will hit hard.

I have been posting updates from Spring Trials in California all week from Twitter friends and from newsletters and emails I get weekly. I hope that you have enjoyed them.

Next week is looking great. I expect the availability to go down fast so I suggest you get your order in as soon as possible. The longer you wait , the later in the week you may get your order. Sometimes you can get your order in early but if we don’t have enough to put together a full truck you may get pushed to later in the week anyway. We don’t want or like to do that but we sometimes have to do that. I’m sorry that it happens.

Like I said, the inventory is looking great for next week as you can see below.

Lots of pictures for your view pleasure.

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confetti-6in-42 confetti-6in-75

confetti-basket-12in-05 petunia

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geranium5 rhythm-and-blues-bskt-12in

zinnias 4.5in-prem-annuals

double-impatiens-4.5in dragonwing

eggplant-4in greenhouse44

impatiens-J6 kong-coleus

lysimachia-4.5in marigolds-1204

onions ornamental-peppers-10in

pentas-4.5in peppers-4in

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purslane stobilanthese-and-succulents-4.5in

streptocarpella tomatoes-4in

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One last picture from the Spring Trials 2012. A friend of mine emailed this one to me. These are the Mighty Mato grafted tomatoes. The grafted tomatoes are getting a lot of buzz in the industry right now. They are expensive but as you can see, they are also very vigorous. Not sure how they taste. I think 2 more companies have come out with similar lines. What they do is graft an heirloom stem onto a disease resistant root stem.

BallHortMar 28, 12:33pm via Twitter for iPhone

Touring today with the editors from @GreenhouseMag Welcome ladies! What do you think of EverLast?

GPNmagMar 28, 1:00pm via HootSuite

Say Aloha To #springtrials

(Note: we really like the Aloha Calibrachoas here at Parks Brothers)

GPNmagMar 28, 1:30pm via HootSuite

Goodness, Gracious…

GPNjasminaMar 28, 4:11pm via Twitter for iPhone

Sunflower ‘Vincent’ at Sakata

BillCalkinsMar 28, 5:59pm via Facebook

IGCs – Little Lucky Lantana at

KevinY_GGMar 28, 7:00pm via Camera on iOS

Sakata has new compact calibrachoa in Calipetite. Good potential for window boxes. Cute buggers.

GPNmag7:45am via HootSuite

A XXL dahlia #springtrials

(Not part of Spring Trials but…)

sidraischMar 28, 11:21pm via HootSuite

See it now. World’s Largest Hanging Basket

Always love the stuff from Ball.

This post is dedicated to Bill Calkins who is loafing this week. Here are some more updates for you from the Spring Trials.

GPNmagMar 26, 6:53pm via Echofon

Great visit @BallHort during #springtrialstoday. Thanx Katie and Tim.#wemissBillCalkins

KevinY_GG4:35am via HootSuite

Ball continues to amaze. Last year we saw Trixi 2.0. Now we see seed+veg combos with Trixi 2.0 #springtrials

KevinY_GG12:48am via HootSuite

The new Cool Wave pansy is not your ordinary pansy #springtrials

KevinY_GGMar 26, 8:33pm via Camera on iOS

Check out Skagit Gardens addition to the coreopsis Big Bang collection. This is Mercury Rising.

GPBuzzMar 26, 7:53pm via HootSuite

Another Floranova wall of inspiration#springtrials

GPBuzzMar 26, 7:51pm via HootSuite

Floranova’s aubergine inspiration at#springtrials -easy idea for garden centers.

mytexasgardenMar 26, 6:31pm via Tweet Button

Day 2: Over the hills and through the woods…. | Calloways Nursery: #springtrials

SabrinaChildsMar 26, 5:32pm via Twitter for iPhone

GPNmagMar 26, 5:25pm via Echofon

RT @GPNmag: Starsister Double Crimson Picotee dahlia @Fides

GPNmagMar 26, 5:20pm via Tweetpic for iPhone

Starsister Double Crimson Picotee dahlia @Fides #springtrials

GPNjasminaMar 26, 5:19pm via Twitter for iPhone

Gorgeous new Dahlinova Hypnotica Tropical Breeze at Fides Oro

Richard_GG_TGCMar 26, 4:58pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

The Skagit Gardens Trial

Now for some videos:


That’s all I have time for this morning. Good thing I didn’t go this year. We are extremely busy here this week, and I am indespensible, of course. The place would descend into chaos with out me. With me, it is more like a controlled crash landing each day.

Since I am not in California looking at all this personally, I am sharing the highlights of the Spring Trials 2012 as I get them. Here are some more for you.



Pacific Plug & Liner


Syngenta – New Seed Varieties


Syngenta – Vegetable Flower Combinations


Golden State Bulb


Proven Winner”s Latest Perennials


New Ecke Edibles

Peace Farm Organics
March 2012