what excites you Joel?
was the question from a california man who must have noticed my close to comatose stance in the trade show booth. of course we have a lot of new plants we are offering, but he wanted to know what perennials in the booth got me excited. he didn’t want to hear the programmed speel. so i started with veronica tidal pool, moved on to agastache bolero, and i was genially getting drawn out of my stupper to actually liking being there in the booth. both of these plants i have written newsletters about and like their long-lasting characteristics in the garden.
an excitement was coming back that had eroded from long days at a computer screen planning with our new software. ive been in a slump with the writing of our newsletter, but now i am steaming with a boiling array of topics to write about.
so of course some of my first questions to following people coming into the booth was what excites them in the perennial plants they grow. one person actually said echinacea which is one genus trying my excitement. however i did rebound by comment of looking forward to hot papaya and marmalade . they are the first reddish flowers in the garden in the spring and it is excitement. they are like harbingers of awakened garden glory. two of the more trustworthy echinacea.
now don’t get me wrong our new plants have some real gems in them. but i don’t have the growing history with them just yet. some of the new ones im looking forward to are digitalis candy mountain peach and white, they i am sure, put on a great show but probably not long-lasting in the garden, it will flower the first year though unlike a true biannual.
echinacea cheyenne spirit is a seed variety that has a mixture of flower colors to offer. it has gotten a lot of good press from the trial gardens around.
another one i am excited about are the poppys. we are growing named cultivars of poppies. this crop isn’t ironed out as far as my propagation protocol, but hey we are always learning. the best bet i think from talking to what most growers do is for you to have a liner by spring or by october . the heat of summer will dormant them . plant them in Oct grow for fall or spring.
so tell me what perennials excite you?