We had 2 inches of rain yesterday afternoon and the wind did blow. BUT the front must have picked up speed as it went east as more damage done further south and east. There are some corn fields with corn down. Looks another hot and humid day. I do believe the next 5 days will be that with chance of rain each day. Again, it is the summer and this is typical summer weather. Stay safe and stay cool.
I am doing something different today in this post. Being a grower and a greenhouse, this industry has been sending out lots of information on new plants. I am posting 4 from this article that I received. I will be posting more on what is coming for next year. Getting the plants is always the challenge and what new ones do I grow? ENJOY!
Lavender ‘Sensational’ (Lavandula intermedia ‘Tesseract’ PP31786) was chosen by judges as the Best in Show winner in the 2021 Farwest Show’s New Varieties Showcase.
The plant, discovered by Lloyd Traven and Richard Grazzini and introduced by Peace Tree Farms based in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, was one of 74 new selections on display at the 2021 Farwest Show and available from at least one show exhibitor.
‘Sensational’ is available from Farwest Show exhibitors Walla Walla Nursery Co. It is described as “the next generation of Lavender Phenomenal.” The plant boasts “incredibly large and think flowers and sturdy stems,” along with “broad silver foliage that is “thick and tough” and a “thick floral aroma.” Other attributes include a dense habit, heat tolerance, humidity tolerance and cold tolerance.
In addition of the Best of Show award, judges gave Awards of Merit as follows:
‘Burning Heart’ Sun Caladium
(Caladium × hortulanum ‘Burning Heart’ PP27071), introduced by Proven Winners North America LLC. It is a bronze, fancy leaf variety with pink to orange spots, representing “a completely new color for caladiums,” according to the company. It is intermediate to tall in height, and works well in combinations, patio planters and landscapes, either in full sun or shade. The color is best expressed in the sun.
NewGen Independence Boxwood (Buxus ‘SB108’ PP28888), discovered by a boxwood enthusiast in the Williamsburg, Virginia area and introduced by NewGen Boxwood, Saunders Genetics LLC. Independence was chosen for the NewGen brand based on very high tolerance to boxwood blight and strong performance in boxwood leafminer trials. It has a habit similar to Buxus
microphylla ‘Green Beauty’, but with more elongated leaves. It has rounded habit, deep green color and medium sized plant, and can be used in formal plantings where a medium sized round plant is desired. The branching structure is very strong, so it withstands snow loads. It is also deer resistant.
SunFern Olympia Russian Wormwood (Artemisia gmellinii ‘Balfernlym’ PPAF), hybridized by Christa Klevit in the Netherlands and introduced by Darwin Perennials. This novelty evergreen shrub with fern-like textures can be used as an accent plant in containers or as a groundcover in the landscape. It is low maintenance, tolerates drought, and does well in full sun.
Taken from https://lgrmag.com/news/lavender-sensational-named-best-in-show-at-farwest/?oly_enc_id=3914G8573689C1W
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa email@example.com 641-794-3337 cell 641-903-9365