Emerald Coast Growers - Coastal Current   

August 2012   Issue #32

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Have you ever wished Monday were a person, so you could slap that smarmy smirk off its smug mug? And don't get me started on Wednesday, who needs to be sent packing with a kick in the slats, stat. Friday, however, should be kissed on the lips. Let's take Friday out to dinner and a movie.  

 

Sorry. Don't mind me, it's just the heat talking.

 

DOWN ON THE FARMSDianthus from Emerald Coast Growers

Florida: In the pinks

Grower Barry Ballard reports a terrific array of Dianthus trays at our Pace growing range, with the ever-popular Firewitch ('Feuerhexe', a PPA Plant of the Year) and the famously heat-tolerant 'Bath's Pink' looking especially spiffy.   

 

Phlox subulata liners are migrating in large herds from our benches to yours, our weaning pen to your feedlot, to fatten up for fall and/or spring 2013 retail. If you haven't gotten yours yet, moooove! Availability is still good on 72s, shrinking on 128s (we don't speculate as heavily on the smaller size). Crunch your numbers and give us a call.

 

Gaillardia 'Arizona Apricot' Pennsylvania: Pied beauty

Our benches are an abstract quilt, a rainbow of rectangles: Here, a last hurrah of mixed Aquilegia blooms, there an orange swath of Carex testacea, yonder (for balance) a burnished block of Heuchera 'Melting Fire'. In Hoop 3, a riot of Gaillardia 'Arizona Apricot' reminds us why we offer that lovely series. Why should we have all this patchwork fun? Let us stitch some together for you. 

 

The seeder's click/clack is our summer soundtrack as Andy & Derek sow Helleborus plugs. It's a long-term crop: Liners of 'Ballard Strain' and the Lady series from these sowings will hit Availability in June 2013.     

 

RANDOM USELESS FACT(S) DEPARTMENT:  

How August got its name

This steaming heap of hyperthermia, the erstwhile Sextilis, was renamed to honor Augustus Caesar and his many conquests. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the Northern Hemisphere: It's chilly in Chile.

 

ECG ROAD SHOW: Zombie Alert!

The PPA Symposium and OFA Short Course (where our new catalog debuted to rave reviews) are history. As you read this, Al & Amanda & I are gripping & grinning in booth #2059 at the PANTS show in Oaks, PA.  

 

PANTS 2012  

 

Later this month (23-25), be a dear and bring some potent west-coast coffee to #18011 at the FarWest Show in Oregon: I go there straight from the ISU Congress in Holland -- a 9-hour time zone swing. ZZZzzzz...  

 

  What's Hot

Pennisetum xFirst Knight™ (PPAF), the newest noble in the Royal Collection, boasts a royal flush of the family's deepest, darkest, blackest purple foliage. Center leaves thrust skyward like broadsword blades raised in triumph; outer leaves arch gracefully. Dr. Wayne Hanna at UGA selected this one for its superb disease resistance and garden- or container-friendly height of 48-54". A rich red midrib adds an elegant flourish. Like its parents & peers, First Knight thrives in the heat.      

 

Pennisetum xFirst KnightTM PPAF  

             

HORTISCOPE

Leo: Hold your head high, Nittany  Lion. The respect will be back eventually. Show 'em why your clan is called a "pride."

Equisetus: Quit horsing around, but don't rush into anything.

Virgo: Rearrange your sign and reclaim lost 'vigor.' You'll need it if Leo gets snappish.

 

TRAY BON!

Stokesia is named for English botanist Jonathan Stokes (1755-1831). It yields vernolic acid, used in adhesives, and a sticky nomenclatural conundrum. By proper Latin pronunciation, it's "Stow-KEY-zee-uh." But J.S.'s name had one syllable, not two, so some of us prefer "STOKES-ee-uh." Say it your way, just say it into the phone to an ECG Customer Service rep. Stoke up sales with our six varieties, including our very own lovely white-flowering 'Divinity' (PPAF).

 

Stokesia laevis 'Divinity' PPAF     

 

EPILOGUE

I'm fanning myself with our 2012-2103 catalog, of which we're immensely proud. What? Your copy hasn't arrived? A thousand pardons. Call us at once and we'll have it hand-carried to you, with bon-bons, by singing, tap-dancing, kowtowing couriers.*  

 

*Musical service not available in all areas. Bon-bons void where prohibited or prone to melting.

 

John Friel            

 

John Friel  

Marketing Manager    

jfriel@ecgrowers.com  

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