After more visits on day five of Spring Trials, there were many new varieties from several different breeders that caught my eye.
Today’s visits were a lot of fun, with breathtaking views of both California and incredible plants at the various Trials we toured.
Allan Armitage found several plants while visiting Syngenta, SHS/Griffin and Proven Winners Trial sites that he wants to try at home.
After wandering through the California Spring Trials, Allan Armitage recalls which of the hundreds of ideas and plants appealed to him during his visit.
Edibles like strawberries thrive in containers and are wonderfully ornamental.
Allan Armitage says we all need each other to work together to best our outside competition.
Change your way of thinking to make everything easier and every day brighter.
One of the future challenges is the continuing need for new and improved crops for the consumer. Make no mistake about it, new crops — and new breeders — are the lifeblood of this industry.
How many springs have we been hearing customers lament over failed echinaceas? “Fancy” echinaceas (peach, salmon, mango, yellow, doubles, shaggy, hideous) are not our native purple coneflowers — not even close. They have been infused with blood from at least four other species, none of which are as vigorous or tough as the purple coneflower.
I am in a somewhat pensive mood today. We need only to watch the news or read the paper to see that there are lots of bad things going on in the world and realize bad things can happen to good people. But the fact is, there are many more good people than bad, and