I’m Back!!

Hi, I’m baaaack!

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Yep, that’s me standing in the rain

California Spring Trials are over, customers wined and dined,  display materials put back in storage, greenhouses cleaned and we are back to normal. I thought I’d share a bit about what I’ve been doing the past several weeks.  My previous post, “Please Stay Tuned”…, gives a brief description of what my job entails. After months growing flowers and vegetables for this week-long endeavor, it’s finally almost show time. It takes two to three weeks and a small army to pull a California Spring Trials flower show off. I hope you will enjoy the photos I’ve included.

As you know, we’ve gotten a significant amount of rain in California this year. Set up in the rain is always a memorable experience. Here are some photos of my colleagues enjoying the rain and mud.

 

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It’s raining, it’s pouring….

 

 

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After we bring in the hardscape (display tables, brick, banners) we arrange the plant material. Setting up displays take a lot of planning, time and energy.

 

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SunPatiens display in process

 

 

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Zinnia Profusion bed in process

 

Beds are filled with mulch.

 

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Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work we go!

 

And Viola! Instant garden

 

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Completed Zinnia Profusion bed

 

 

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Completed SunPatiens display

 

This is our living wall. I’ve been growing it since December 2016. It’s made of over 1500 Ornamental Cabbage plants. Thirty-three individual panels are connected together and hung on wood framing.

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Here are a few of my favorite photos.

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Coleus

 

 

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Please Don’t Eat Me! (Hibiscus)

 

 

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A very hard working crew member

 

 

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SunPatiens mixed container

 

After six months of sowing, growing and showing, it’s time for a cold one

 

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Ahhh, that’s good.

 

Another awesome thing that happened during CAST was my retirement was officially announced. Now I can shout it from the mountaintops!!! Hurray!! My retirement date is set for December 31, 2017.

2 thoughts on “I’m Back!!

  1. Very cool Laura! You are a lovely writer! Your observations and context are refreshing and entertaining. Next time we get together let’s take our cameras on a hike and have a photo session!

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