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Tuesday
Apr152014

Johnny Flame

This beast just grabs your attention.

The new Petunia ‘Sweetunia Johnny Flame’ from Dümmen has large, beautiful bright rose-purple flowers, splashed with a deep-purple flame.

It's unique color and splash patern is sure to steal the show in your garden or container.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 25cm (10")
Spread: 30cm (12")
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist
Habit: Semi-upright and mounding

What I like is, it is day length neutral, so it blooms in little or lots of light.

Johnny Flame is easy to grow, it has a semi-upright, mounded habit that allows it to fit and mix well in container combinations. It’s going to be a scene-stealer in any basket and/or landscape bed.

Hey, I can't walk down the greenhouse walkway with out stopping to admire or touch this bloom. It's dark, it's light, it's confusing, it just stands up and says look at me.

   --- Now that's what I call, a winner!

Sunday
Mar232014

Bronze Scarlet

Tropical Bronze Scarlet Canna
Dwarf Seeded Canna
(Canna x generalis)

Today's's transplanting, consists of up-sizing our seeded liners, of the Tropical Canna Series. Yep, the Cannas are now in Deep 11cm (4.5") growing pots. About 5-6 weeks from now, they will be moved from our growing benches, to a retail bench.

Bright 7-10cm (3-4") blooms are held above the foliage. They are available in Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow and White. The seeded Canna in the upper right photo is quite different than the rest, it shows scarlet flowers, over bronze-burgundy foliage. Whereas, the rest of the series has only green foliage.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 46-76cm (18-30")
Spread: 41-46cm (16-18")
Habit: Upright
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist to Wet, Never Dry

What I like is, when they show their canes and palm shaped foliage, they are really neat plants, even if they didn't have blooms. Best of all they keep blossoming from late spring or early summer to our first fall frosts.

If you have a shallow pond in your front-yard or a back-yard garden pond , fill it with these plants. You can completely cover half the height of these plants with water,
   --- and they still will be happy!

Saturday
Mar152014

Start Your Spring

Senetti

Growers, Garden Centres and Some Landscapers will see early results, if they plant this spring, with Senetti. Hey, these plants are cool in more ways than one. In addition to thriving in lower temperatures, Senetti provide high colour impact when we need it the most. Yep, in our early season container plantings, which can be moved inside or outside during spring.

They are available in vivid blues, magenta, ultra violet and several bi-colours. You can't find these great colours early in the season, with any other plant. Like most flowering annuals, Senetti Pericallis requires regular feeding. They prefer a 20-10-20 fertilizer, deluted woth water.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 30-60cm (12-24")
Spread: 30-60cm (12-24")
Habit: Upright & Mounding
Exposure: Part Shade
Moisture: Keep Moist, Never Dry

Bred by Suntory Flowers Japan, Senetti is a collection of 'pericallis hybrids', which were obtained by cross breeding members of the 'Compositae' and 'Asteraceae' families. Before re-classification, Senetti was known as 'Cineraria x hybrid', but they are nothing like a typical Seed Cineraria grown
as house plants. The large, daisy like flowers bloom from early spring until mid-summer. The Bloom count can be as high as 200 on a plant grown in a 10-inch pot.

These striking plants are available in four colors, magenta, magenta bicolor, blue and blue bicolor. Senetti® Pericallis love cool wet weather which makes them perfect for early spring planting and prolific early blooms. What I like is, They will take light frosts and will survive temperatures as low as 0°C (32°F).

The large, daisy style flowers bloom from early spring,
   ---  until the heat of summer!

Tuesday
Mar112014

Venti Parfait™ Crimson

Venti Parfait™ Crimson
(F1 Dianthus chinensis) (Venti Parfait™ Crimson)

Crimson is a new addition to the Venti Parfait series, this new solid Crimson complements the existing bi-coloured Crimson Eye.

This Dianthus series, is not the same as most traditional dianthus, it has clusters of huge fringed blooms on compact plants. Which gives them high impact in the flower bed. Since it can be seeded, it is economical to produce in packs by growers, or you can seed it direct into your own flower beds.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 15-20cm (6-8")
Spread: 20-25cm (8-10")
Habit: Upright and mounding
Exposure: Full Sun to part Shade
Moisture: Just Moist

What I like, is this variety is screened, to have greater tolerance to Fusarium. Thus they will perform well in your landscape for an extended period.
   --- Which means less replacement plantings!

Monday
Mar102014

Jumbo Red Ember

Dreamtime™ Jumbo Red Ember, Red Ember Strawflower
(Bracteantha bracteatum 'Red Ember'), (Xerochrysum bracteata)

Bractheantha Dreamtime™ Jumbo Red Ember is a tough Australian plant. It produces large flowers on a fairly compact plant. This fast-growing variety is a low-water user once established. Flowers appear from spring through autumn with showy bright orange-red petals, and yellow centres that turn gold at maturity.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 25-30cm (10-12")
Spread: 25-30cm (10-12")
Habit: Upright and Mounded
Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture: Just Moist, Never Wet

For best results, plant in well-drained soil, if growing in pots, use a porous mix. It is a good idea to prune these beasts, when needed, to maintain shape and promote more flowers. The blooms have a crisp papery feeling that appeals to kids, and adults, of all ages.

What I like is this plant will tolerate light frosts, so it hangs on longer into the fall. It also works well in gardens and/or containers. It likes heat, so it is a great plant,
   --- for our Super Hot Saskatchewan Summers!

Monday
Feb172014

Petting Plants

OK, all you ladies who like to talk, to your plants, forget it, That's now passe. Yep, gently rubbing them with your fingers can make them less susceptible to disease, a paper in the open access journal BMC Plant Biology says.

Gently rubbing the leaves of Thale Cress Plants (Arabidsopsis thaliana) between thumb and forefinger activates an innate defence mechanism, Floriane L'Haridon and colleagues report. Within minutes, biochemical changes occur, causing the plant to become more resistant to (Botrytis cinerea), the fungus that causes grey mould.

 

Plants also respond to more delicate forms of mechanical stress, such as touch. Some responses are obvious -- the snapping shut of a Venus fly trap, the folding leaflets of a touched Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica) -- whilst some are more discrete. Plants also launch an arsenal of 'invisible' responses to mechanical stress, including changes at the molecular and biochemical level.

Rubbing the leaves is a form of mechanical stress. Plants normally deal with this stress, when it caused by rain, wind, animals, or other plants. Trees growing on windy shorelines, (for example) sometimes respond,
   --- by growing shorter, thicker trunks!