Monday, September 4, 2017

Unlimited Potential, Part II

Primulina - Unknown, First Flowers
       
           A great Primulina clone was shown with unlimited potential and many knowledgeable growers are on the trail of its proper name.  These flowers opened from buds in two days.  Flower faces are distinctive.  Maybe this will settle it?


Primulina Unknown, 1.5" long



Primulina, Unknown, 1 1/4" wide



Primulina, Unknown, Bud count - 13

          The  working theory is that it is P. 'Diane Marie' or a sibling of the original cross.  Here is the description from registration by Bob Stewart in 1994.

Primulina ‘Diane Marie’. 1994, IR94481 Robert Stewart. [Stewart, 1990] (P. dryas (C. sinensis)‘Angustifolia’ x P. species). Plant is a flat rosette; leaves green (RHS 137 A) with extensive silver on veins; petiole 3-4 cm long, faintly reddish. Leaf blade 6-8 cm long, 4-5 cm wide, hairy; ovate, acute tip, base cuneate, margin double toothed. The calyx red (59A), split; pedicel 3 cm long; peduncle 4 cm long with 4 flowers on each peduncle. Corolla 6 cm long, 3 cm in diameter, violet (88C) with white in the throat, violet stripes extending onto lip, yellow lines from anther, and yellow spot at tip center. Flower similar to C. sinensis var. angustifolia but larger and darker, and the plant is much more compact, with flat instead of upward leaves which are ovate instead of lanceolate. Blooms in December and sporadically in other months. First listing 1994, CODA Gardens catalog.




Constant Exposure Makes Hits!

Primulina 'Loki' -  Hybridized and Grown by Peter Shalt


Constant exposure makes hits. 

I’m reading the book, Hit Makers by Derek Thompson which main theme is to make a song popular, you must play it over and over until everybody likes it.  This trick has been known for years, which is why record companies paid radio stations to play songs----Payola.

            The author argues that we humans seek the ‘New’ but we buy the ‘Familiar’.  The best strategy is to relate the new to the old.  My tag line is perfect:  ‘Asian violets are like African Violets, but better!’

            How many times must you see Asian Violets to feel like you know about them?


            First, buy one, grow it.  Tell your friends--- Over and over until everybody likes it.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Unlimited Potential...

Primulina loaded up with buds


             “There’s no greater burden than unlimited potential”                                                       --- Snoopy from Charlie Brown.


            This unidentified Primulina is loading up with buds and will be spectacular soon.  There will be multiple blue flowers.

            This gives hope that Asian Violets could be a commercial flowering crop.  The problem remains that it is more than a year old.

            There is a limited market for Premium Hanging Baskets.  It could be worth growing 50 of these and see?





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Asian Violets --- Like an African Violet, but better!

Primulina 'Loki' - The easy houseplant

            This Primulina ‘Loki’ has been growing at the West kitchen window for three years.  It’s in a 2 ½” pot, has never had fertilizer and has wilted many times.  Yes, the foliage is perfect.

            This flowering randomly occurs two or three times a year.  Most casual houseplant growers would consider this one of their easiest flowering houseplants.
           

            Why doesn’t everyone have one?


            A Golden Oldie repeat.  This story from last year could not be more true today.  This Asian Violet is budded again.

            Its care is occasional water.
            Primulina ‘Loki’ is the best Asian Violet.

           Asian Violets, like an African Violet, but better, are much easier to produce and survive as houseplants.


            Why doesn’t everyone have one?




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Use the right word, O. T.

What is the right word?

If you read Blog writing coaches, they will preach that finding better word choice is important.   https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/word-choice/

We learn the meaning of words through reading and context.

I watch the top-rated, Big Bang Theory, and have learned the usage of the exact word that applies to so much of today’s news.

There is a running professional competition between Dr Sheldon Cooper, brilliant theoretical Physicists and Dr Leslie Winkle, equally brilliant.  In their verbal battles, Sheldon often talks himself into a corner where it’s obvious to all his friends that he is wrong.  Leslie delights in the easy win by declaring: “Dumbass” and walks away.

            The word ‘dumbass’ may not be appropriate for polite conversation, but is certainly mild compared to internet commentary.  Everyone, if they are honest with themselves makes dumbass mistakes.  There is no other way to describe it.

Dumbass should only be used when it’s obvious that a stupid mistake has been made.  It should not imply the speaker is always a dumbass.  However, repeated dumbass mistakes might make one wonder if you are a dumbass.

The Urban Dictionary put me in my place when I looked up the definition of ‘Dumbass’.  It says: “Anyone who looks up the definition of dumbass”.  I’m still laughing.

Now that we have established the correct use of the word dumbass, we don’t have to look far for examples.


Hypothetically, what word would you use if a politician would speak to 40,000 Boy Scouts (Age 12 – 18) and thank them for voting for him?



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Why can't I decide to buy that $0.99 cent book?

Indecision



              I’m an impulse buyer of Kindle books on Amazon.  The Kindle is one of the greatest inventions of all time.  eBooks have driven down the cost of books such that $0.99 is a common price.

            But why is the decision so hard to order a .99 cent book? --- less than a drink at your favorite fast food.

            If the book’s topic is of no interest, then it’s no bargain.  If the topic is exactly what you want to learn about, then why are they selling it so cheap?

           I think the issue is time.  I don’t want to waste my time reading a trivial book.  The .99 cents makes the value suspect.

            The mind has trouble evaluating plants, also.  We try to make plants low cost so there will be no resistance to buy.  But customers hesitate ---- ‘I don’t want to kill it”.  Sometimes you can’t even give a plant to people who think this way.

            If I find a plant that I want, I don’t care what it costs ---within reason, of course.




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Buy American, if..., O. T.

Buy American, if...
                 Buy American, IF, it is the best value !


            I buy plants from Florida or Mexico---- depending which is the best value.

            If you think that garden plants and houseplants are expensive, you should consider their cost if we did not have Free Trade around the World.  International sharing of new plants and production has improved the quality and lowered the cost of Horticultural Products.

            Every Economist knows that “Free” World Trade is obvious.  Most every politician yells for tariffs (taxes) on imports, thinking that is what Americans want.  Clearly, that is wrong since isolationism has never worked and is simply stupid.  There is no tariff on plants shipped from Florida to Pennsylvania.  Why should it be any different shipping from Mexico?  

            Free market Capitalism will bring you high quality, reasonably priced plants.


            Continue to Buy American, but only if it’s the best value !