Archive for April, 2012

It’s hard to believe that we are already to the middle of April. I look at the a hundred times a day, and it still surprises me that we are into production week 16. Over all everything has gone very well with our production and shipping. There have been some exasperating experiences with people these last couple of weeks and I wish I could share them with you. However, in the interest of privacy and legality, I cannot. I will say that things have not been boring.

The weather cooled off just like we all thought it would. All the warm weather we had in March was just too good not to have a cold snap. Luckily for us, the freeze stayed up north and we just got some cooler temperatures. There hasn’t been much rain to speak of this week, but they are already issuing severe weather alerts for northern Oklahoma and south/south east Kansas. You all be safe around there.

Here are some pictures for you with a little commentary.

zinnias-1801 Zinnias are light on color now (Friday) but should color up by the middle to end of next week.

salvia-evolution-deep-violet I think a lot of you all are hesitating over the Evolution Deep Violet Salvia. There were no Victoria Blue Salvia seed this year and we had to go with the Evolution, but as you can see, it there is not much difference in color.

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Added Daylilies to the availability this week (listed under PERE #1 DLX)

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We will have a bunch of Double Wave Petunia Baskets getting ready over the next couple of weeks.

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Quart Perennials are looking great and we have added in a few new items!

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We weren’t the only ones who had a warmer than usual March. The warmer weather helped with sales. Now if we can avoid a late frost or a cold front with lost of rain and a week of cool temperatures, we ought to have a great spring. Check out this article from the Science Daily website on who had the same weather.

U.S. Records Warmest March; More Than 15,000 Warm Temperature Records Broken

ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2012) — Record and near-record breaking temperatures dominated the eastern two-thirds of the United States and contributed to the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. More than 15,000 warm temperature records were broken during the month.

The average temperature of 51.1°F was 8.6 degrees above the 20thcentury average for March and 0.5°F warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910. Of the more than 1,400 months (117+ years) that have passed since the U.S. climate record began, only one month, January 2006, has seen a larger departure from its average temperature than March 2012.

Note: The March 2012 Monthly Climate Report for the United States has several pages of supplemental information and data (www.ncdc.noaa.gov/special-reports/march-2012-heat-wave/) regarding the unprecedented early 2012 temperatures.

U.S. climate highlights — March

  • Every state in the nation experienced at least one record warm daily temperature during March. According to preliminary data, there were 15,272 warm temperature records broken (7,755 daytime records, 7,517 nighttime records). Hundreds of locations across the country broke their all-time March records. There were 21 instances of the nighttime temperatures being as warm, or warmer, than the existing record daytime temperature for a given date.
  • A persistent weather pattern led to 25 states east of the Rockies having their warmest March on record. An additional 15 states had monthly temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. That same pattern brought cooler-than-average conditions to the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California.
  • Temperatures in Alaska during March, which are not included in the contiguous U.S. average value, ranked as the tenth coolest on record.
  • The nationally-averaged precipitation total was 2.73 inches, which is 0.33 inches above average. The Pacific Northwest and the Southern Plains were much wetter than average during March while drier-than-average conditions prevailed in the interior West, Northeast, and Florida. Colorado had its driest March on record.
  • According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of April 3rd, 36.8 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in drought, a decrease from 38.7 percent at the end of February and an increase from 28.8 percent a year ago on April 5, 2011. Above-average precipitation across the Southern Plains improved long-term drought conditions Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • Warmer-than-average conditions across the eastern U.S. also created an environment favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. According to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, there were 223 preliminary tornado reports during March, a month that averages 80 tornadoes annually. The majority of the tornadoes occurred during the March 2nd-3rd outbreak across the Ohio Valley and Southeast, which caused 40 fatalities. Total losses from this event are estimated to exceed $1.5 billion dollars, making this the first event of 2012 to exceed one billion dollars in damages and losses.
  • On March 9, a large weather system impacted the Hawaiian Islands, bringing extreme rainfall and severe thunderstorms. A rare EF-0 tornado hit the towns of Lanikai and Kailua on Oahu, causing minor damage. A hailstone with the largest diameter on record for the state, measuring 4¼ inches, fell on Oahu during this event.

Click here to read more.

So what do you think? Good March or bad? Think we will have a cold snap in late April like we did last year?

After summer in March, the weather finally kind of feels like spring around here. As for work, we have been up to our clavicle in spring since February. We moved a lot of product out this week and we have more coming on.

There isn’t really a who lot to talk about other than the pictures. We are so busy that I’ve had to double check the date just to know which day it is. Everyday this week except for today has felt like Monday. The perfect weather for Easter weekend should be excellent for all you garden centers. I hope you all have tremendous weekends. I also hope that you get to have a day off on Easter. I’m sure you could use the rest.

So Happy Easter everyone and we will see you on the other side. Remember, check the current availability Monday and try to get your order in early. Please also remember that everyone else is getting their order in early too, and that we enter them in the order we receive them.

If you missed seeing a few colors of the Wave Petunias on the availability we emailed out, I did not have time to find all of them to get them on the list in time for the email but the colors that are ready will be on the Current Availability on Monday. As soon as I am done with this, I get to have my own Wave Basket Easter Egg Hunt to find all of them.

Now for some pictorial goodness. Even more than last week!

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We will be into a new crop of #6 Waves in some colors which will have fewer blooms. Also you should buy some #4 Begonias. I have a lot. Same goes for the #4.5 Breathless Euphorbia. They both look great right now.

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This was the Calibrachoa baskets and Color Bowls we shipped this week. I haven’t seen next week’s but I’m sure they will look just as good.

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combo-baskets-12in Trailing Petunia Combo #12 Baskets look awesome as do all of our Confetti Gardens!

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#4 Charley’s Veggies are all looking great as do all of our J6 like these Dianthus.

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We will be getting into a new crop of Double Wave Petunia baskets next week which will change our availability. I think the next crop will be blooming by the end of the week.

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dragonwing-basket dragonwing-dec

foliage-combo fuchsia

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The Happy Hour Portulaca is the most vibrant portulaca I have ever seen.

happy-hour-portulaca-J6 hardy-hibiscus

Impatiens in three sizes.

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impatiens-baskets mandevilla

Loading House pics of stocking and picking for orders and putting them on the belt.

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Marigolds look great. We finally have a few New Guinea baskets. The cuttings came in with rot and we have been short on these early plantings. Availability should get better after next week. We may get a little light on blooms next week if they don’t bloom out faster.

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penta-butterfly-red perennials

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purple-jew-basket purslane-4.5in

Angelonia and Sunflowers kind of look good together.

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These are the Wave Baskets on the email availability. I am off to find the next crop!

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Need some #8 Wave Medleys? I have 3000 for you.

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We are definitely rolling this week. Loads going out as fast as we can get the trucks back and get them loaded. We loaded through the storms last night. Nothing severe here just some heavy rain and gusty wind, luckily.

Everything is looking great in the greenhouses. Some of the most colorful items we have are the #8 Wave Medleys, #6 Confetti Gardens, #4 Zinnias, #6 Marigolds, #10 Purslane Baskets and #10 Wave Petunia Baskets. Also the J6 Portulaca and Marigolds look great. We are a little in between on a few crops so the available numbers are low now but we will be back in to most crops next week. Vegetables, Tomatoes and Peppers are looking good with more coming on next week.

wave-medley-8in_217 zinnias

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geraniums marigolds

confetti-garden-6in_453  denver-daisy-rudbeckia

Had a storm blow through about 7:00 pm which made a long day for the loading crew a long, wet and miserable day. The rain flooded part of our loading house.

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