Archive for March, 2012

Here are links to what people are talking about at the Spring Trials in CA.

KevinY_GG11:14am via HootSuite

Starting day at Proven Winners. Really like Blue My Mind evolvulus. Not something we see much of #springtrials

Richard_GG_TGC11:12am via Twitter for BlackBerry®

PW’s Marshall Dirks: Young people use images as their default Google search setting. Do a better job showing plants.#springtrials

GPBuzz12:08pm via HootSuite

First #springtrials stop today: Danziger. Lovely light purple Lavender Stream Lobularia! Havent seen this color beforeow.ly/i/wLhG

KatieRotella2:01pm via Photos on iOS

Come see "The Art of Plants" at the Ball#springtrials pic.twitter.com/4I5HioqO

Richard_GG_TGC2:03pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Proven Winners’ Kerry Meyer showing off new calibrachoa Superbells Lemon Slice#springtrials yfrog.com/hsl9fqdkj

BallHort2:05pm via Twitter for iPhone

Look Up! It’s Cool Wave Pansy at Ball#springtrials pic.twitter.com/0N7Dehou

KevinY_GG3:12pm via HootSuite

Check out Blushing Princess, the companion to Snow Princess lobularia from Proven Winners #springtrials ow.ly/i/wM8O

KevinY_GG3:14pm via HootSuite

Cherry Star was the No. 1 seller for SuperBells last yr. This yr theres a new SuperBells in Lemon Slice ow.ly/i/wM98#springtrials

KevinY_GG3:30pm via Camera on iOS

Now at Plug Connection. Suntorys Princettias #springtrialspic.twitter.com/YRmJRNpk

GPNjasmina1:10pm via Twitter for iPhone

Pretty dahlia at @PLUGvistapic.twitter.com/RwyouM7a

Despite the rainy week, we have been busy here. Lots of plants going out the door. Thanks to all of you!

my_qr_code Before we get to the pictures and next week’s availability, I want to talk about QR codes. We have added these Quick Response (QR) codes to a lot of our tags. In case you don’t know what they do, the QR codes can be scanned by smart phone cameras which then takes the camera user to a website, video or shows them a text message of some sort. There are a lot of companies that are adding these QR codes to their products. The purpose of the QR codes that we use are to help the consumers succeed with the plants that they purchase from the garden centers by providing additional information about planting and growing at their convenience. Our QR codes take the consumers to a webpage dedicated to that plant or plant category (like a Tomatoes page) with information about that plant on that page or one click in. We feel that these QR codes help add value to our products that you are selling and if a customer can succeed in growing a plant they purchased from your store with a little help from a QR code then we are all winners.

Also while we are on the topic of new technology, have you seen A Garden Life, the consumer magazine that was recently launched bye GIE Media’s Horticulture Group? The magazine is geared towards tablet computers (iPads, etc.) and will have a lot of social media integration. In addition, IGS’s can join for free and be listed in the magazine’s geo-tags on maps when a person reading about a specific product wants to see who is nearby that may carry the product. You can click here for more information.

We have a lot of new items that have been added to next weeks availability so be sure to check out the forward availability in today’s email or fax. If you want to get our email, you can sign up for it at the top of the left side menu or tell your sales rep.

Some of our perennials are blooming and even it they aren’t, they are still colorful like the sedums.

sedums coreopsis-nana

foxglove-digitalis guara

leucanthemums-shasta-daisies red-hot-poker-kkinophia

salvias-and-scabiosas

The rest of the pictures are hodge-podge because it has been a hodge-podge day.

taishan-marigolds verbena

vinca-J6 babywing-begonias

begonias citrus-geranium

dahlinova-dahlias dragonwing-begonias

geranium herbs

impatien-bskt impatiens

jew-bskt marigolds-1204

mexican-heather new-guinea-impatiens

new-guinea-impatiens-red pansy2-J6

pansy-J6 peonies-2gal

peppers-1204 portulaca-J6

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Another amusing video from the Grower Talks folks.

These are the most vibrant portulaca I have ever seen.

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Dreamland, Profusion and Zahara Zinnias.

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