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As promised, here are some of our containers we did for the OFA grower and florist convention in Columbus earlier this month. Altogether, we did over fifty big pots.
#1 - Coleus Bronze Pagoda, Diascia Sun Chimes Coral, Iresine Purple Lady and Solanum jasminoides Variegated. For the pictures, I wanted to get a better background than the industrial-looking greenhouse benches. All I had was some cardboard. Now it looks like a warehouse. DOH!
Pay no attention to the stupid cardboard.
#5 - Coleus Fishnet Stockings, Heliotrope Fragrant Delight, Scaevola Whirlwind White and Hemigraphis Exotica. This planter was right in the middle of the main concourse. By the end of the show, Fishnet Stockings had been reduced to stubs. Sidney must have been there.
Wow, Chris, those are fantastic! I think it would be so much fun to be able to have a huge array of plants to pick from when making pots. All the pots are so very different from each other - were they each made by a different person? I keep trying to choose my favorite but I like 'em all.
What happened to all the pots after the convention? I sure hope they didn't get thrown away.
Next year it would be fun to do a contest with coleus containers (non-coleus plants allowed, too). Your containers are so inspiring! I don't know if we could allow you to enter the contest though. Hmmmmm. Might have to make you the judge. LOL
The containers are given to the volunteers that help with the convention. We were asked to do these containers about 5 or 6 years ago and have been doing them ever since. They are a big hit with the growers because we feature unusual and underused plants and, of course, lots of coleus. Hopefully, they take these ideas back home with them and use them at their own greenhouses and garden centers, thereby expanding the selection for all you folks.
Yeh, I bet they keep the goodies just for their closest friends...LOL There are some unusual ones, for sure. I love the way one plant can look so different between growing it in the sun or in the shade. Coleus are like biotanical magicians...LOL
I have two that keep morphing into many other designs...same colors, but totaly different context. These are my two "Weed" coleus...they take over all space...fast.
Thanks again for sharing, Chris. Ah,,,the dreams I have...
BTW, my DD, when visiting her last week in Chicago, threatened to report me to the Coleus Cops...I was going all over town pinching their coleus. Trying to be frugel, some of my pinches were not enough and they did not make it. Others...welll...heheh
I really like "Fishnet Stockings" She keeps the dark veins. I have Gay's delight that had a lot of dark veins when it was tiny. Now that it is grown up the veins get smaller and less noticeable. But it is still a pretty, bright color.
Thanks for sharing these combinations with us. Makes me want to buy even more, next year. LOL
OooooooChris!!! You certainly outdid yourself on these. They are all so beautiful. It makes my brain hurt just thinking of all the combinations for next year. LOL I'll be bookmarking this thread for future reference. Thanks so much for sharing!
Well that wasn't me this time darn it.
I'll have to check when I get home to see if I do have fish net stockings.
I have had a wonderful day with bucoos of gardens and I will report tomorrow.
I've been up since 4:30am and am beat.
goodoldbake, fabulous, just fabulous. I, too, am marking this thread for reference.
edited to add: I like pix #2 best because the purple in the wandering jew accentuates the purple stems in the coleus. Note to self: plan a combo using colored stem of one plant as the color basis. talking about echoing!
In our area we have Annie's Annuals http://www.anniesannuals.com/
and they started by selling to all the local nurseries. I just heard that since they went to mail order last year, they are now going to close down their wholesale side to nurseries and just do online orders. They make so much more per plant.
I see some begonias a few of us need! LOL. Not to mention your huge coleus inventory.
They were just as good this time as the first time. This thread is the one that really got me interested in all the unusual goodies. When is this years OFA Shindig? I have some contractors to apply with in Ohio.
My Baker's Acres catalogue came yesterday! Every year I think it can't get better (or funnier), and every year it does. Cris,thank you, thank you, thank you!
My catalogue resides in my bathroom, along with a couple of Dave Barry's books. My guests know they are there, and are frequent visitors to the "facility". The giggles coming from behind the closed door attest to the fact that my friends share my sense of humour. LOL
i'm not chris but i think that's religious rutabaga or combat next to dipt in wine.
chris as usual beautiful coleus... i think i sent yet another request for a catalog- sorry i'm bugging you! i sort of panicked when folks started saying they got theirs already. our PO misdelivers our mail quite a bit... sorry for the intrusion!
Chris, Unlike someone who shall remain nameless(Brinda),I'm not Wine-ing(cheddar or velvetta) about not getting my catalog(I just requested it today)I'll be happy to Share mine with the nameless(Brinda)When I receive mine FIRST...LOLOLOL
Joy is correct. The plant is Religious Rutabaga.
Joy & Brinda,
Call your local PO and complain. They're probably sitting there waiting for a slow day for your local mailman. They were mailed on March 16th. Most everyone has gotten theirs including Florida and North Carolina. Even Sweden (but that one wasn't sent Bulk)!
Teeheehee Pheadra! You're just so funny! I've been whining for almost a week and I'll really be whining if you get yours before me! LOL
Chris! My mailman hates me!!!! We're at the end of his route and almost daily he has to get out of his comfy mailtruck and treck to my frontdoor to deliver plants of some sort! I know he hates me! He never EVER smiles when I answer the door! Makes me want to smack him upside the head!!! And I think I shall if I don't get that catalog soon! ***smack!!!***
Brinda...I need to ask a question...I would love to make these containers for my front screened in porch, but how much sun would they need to really look good...there is a lot of very strong indirect light on the porch...some east sun and some west sun...but the porch is facing south...it has been a long time since I was in the coleus stage of life...
Oh Gail, make them! You will love them. The best part about containers is that you can move them around as you need to. 99% of my plants get full all-day hot swealtering sun. So I would imagine that your porch would be perfect for them.
The only thing is, you will notice with different coleus that they will change color depending on the amount of sun/shade they have. Just experiment with them. But a warning...you will find that you will quickly fall in love with all the color they provide.
The coleus is Tiger Lily. We have two very nice gentlemen who come every year from a big Japanese firm to purchase coleus for the Japanese market. Tiger Liliy is a very popular one in Japan. It is called Tiga Reeree.
The perilla is Magilla.
Thank you, you're so nice, ... now my cheeks are burning with the same red color as Shocking Pink.
Therefore, as the celebrity I now am, I'll give you another photo. It shows Chris Baker and I (May 2006).
Being in coleus heaven, my face expression is sheer happiness!!! I was walking in a joyous coma the whole day...could hardly speak...totally overwhelmed. LOL
Sorry, it's not so exciting as it sounds ... but in this catalogue is a nice photo of husband and I at Baker's Acres, taken at the same occation as posted pic.
But if you still want to see the catalogue (it's very nice!), I'll bring it to our meeting so you can see for yourself.
Click the image for an enlarged view.
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