Cool, Cloudy and Colorful-Availability Update for September 15, 2014

6in cool wave pansy summer n wine 1 9-12-14We finally have some cool weather and some rain to boot. Fortunately, it looks like the rain will be gone by the weekend then hopefully the customers will feel like getting out and working in their flowerbeds.

We think that the cooler summer allowed people’s flower beds to flourish and that those beds still look good. Which means that most likely for the first few weeks of cool weather, people will probably not jump right on planting their pansies. We see better demand earlier in the fall when we have had a long, hot summer. Those of you who landscape know that your customers won’t let you pull a bed that is still looking good and will make you wait until later in the fall to plant. The home owners will do that too.

We have a lot of color in our pansies and fall annuals with good availability on everything except J6 alyssum, dianthus and snapdragons. The next plantings of those 3 items are not ready yet. I will check the dianthus again on Monday. We might be able to start pulling from the next crop sometime later next week. The snapdragon plugs were not rooted well when they arrived here and we had to let them sit for about a week before we could plant them. After this short delay, we should have them available for the rest of the fall while the inventory lasts.

We have also added our first planting of 1801 Pansies, #10 Wave Petunia baskets and #6 Cool Wave Pansies to our availability in case you have been waiting for them.

#6 Cool Wave Pansies – new for 2014 is Sunshine N Wine which is pictured at the top

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J6 dianthus floral lace mix 9-12-14J6 dianthus floral lace white 9-12-14J6 dusty miller 9-12-14J6 panola true blue 9-12-14J6 panola beaconsfield 9-12-14J6 pansy colossu blotch blue 9-12-14J6 pansy colossu blotch yellow 9-12-14J6 pansy colossu white purple wing 9-12-14J6 pansy matrix clear yellow 9-12-14J6 pansy matrix light blue 9-12-14J6 pansy matrix morpheus 9-12-14J6 pansy matrix purple 9-12-14J6 petunia dreams appleblossom 9-12-14J6 petunia dreams midnight 9-12-14J6 petunia dreams mix 9-12-14J6 petunia dreams red 9-12-14J6 petunia dreams rose 9-12-14J6 petunia dreams white 9-12-14

First crop of 1801 Pansies

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Next crop of J6 Pansies, Panolas and Violas

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Ornamental Kale and Mustard and J6 fall veggies are available.

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This is the first crop of 1801 snapdragons.

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The second crop has color too.

1801 snapdragon sonnet mix 2 9-12-14

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It’s raining now so all you get are some pictures of mums in the loading house that are ready to go out on Monday. In the field we have about 1/3 of our mums that look like these, another 1/3 to maybe 1/2 that have big buds ready to crack or are cracking some color and the rest have buds that should be cracking color around the end of the month.

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