warm winter dayIt was in the 70’s here yesterday (you can see my proof if you click on the picture and look at the thermometer reading in my mirror), and it has been around 70 degrees today and stormy. We just had a tornado touch down about 20 mile north of us a little while ago (around 3:00 pm Jan. 29). I was watching the radar but didn’t find out about the tornado until an hour later. Looks like it was a small one, but I don’t know if there was any damage.

UPDATE: the tornado was 200 yards wide and clocked winds at 125 mph. No one was hurt as far as I know. There was some damage in northern part of the county to some roofs and a lot of trees are down.

As I promised here are some pictures of some of the young plants we have started for our early crops and for the crops with longer crop times.

Our hanging baskets are filling out nicely. These are the first crops of Caliente Geranium and Magnum New Guinea Impatiens baskets.

caliente geranium baskets new guinea impatiens basket

There baskets are our first plantings of #12 Confetti Garden baskets and the second planting of Wave Petunia baskets.

confetti garden baskets wave petunia baskets

A Dragonwing Begonia in our first crop, newly hung up and ready to grow with our first crop of 1801 Hypoestes in the background.

young dragonwing begonia basket

Our Clematis and Hardy Ferns are looking good.

clamatis niobe hardy ferns

The pic on the left is of a newly planted crop of #6 Confetti Gardens. When I took the picture they had just switched over to planting #6 Taishan Marigolds. You can see a few flats of them in the front row at the bottom. The pic on the right is a planting of Hypoestes plugs that are ready to be transplanted.

confetti gardens 6in hyposestes plugs

Here are our first crops of #4.5 Butterfly Pentas and #12 Magnum New Guinea Impatiens

pentas butterfly red Magnum New Guinea Impatiens 12in Deco-2

Our Mandevillas and Tropical Hibiscuses are off to a great start this year. The Hibiscus look especially good compared to what we had to work with last year. These had their last pinch recently and will be branching out nicely as they grow.

mandevilla greenhouse mandevilla pink

tropical hibiscue orange tropical hibiscus greenhouse

tropical hibiscus red

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