Archive for December, 2009

Drift Roses

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Red Drift Rose flower cluster

Red Drift Rose flower cluster

If you liked Knockouts, but were looking for something that stays more compact and lower-growing, you’ll love Drift Roses.

Rarely growing over 2′ tall, Drifts will spread 2-3′ across, constantly blooming on the new growth with numerous clusters of small flowers in red, coral, peach, or pink. These are tough, vigorous, disease-resistant plants that need no dead-heading or other special care. Of course, like all roses they will do best in full sun with good air circulation, but Drifts will also tolerate less than a full day’s sun and even a partially shaded environment. Expect shaded plants to be much lankier and not bloom as heavily.

Trimming plants can be done with hand pruners or even hedge shears. No need to worry about cutting above an outward-facing five or seven-leaflet. Just prune to shape, and flower buds will quickly re-appear on the tips of the new growth.

Grandiflora Participates in Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Extreme Home Makeover Site

Extreme Home Makeover Site

Ty Pennington and the Extreme Makeover crew are in Gainesville demolishing and then rebuilding a new house for a worthy family – in just 106 hours!

Crews have been working around the clock since Ty surprised the family by knocking on their door on Monday. The family was sent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to vacation while construction is taking place and will be back in Gainesville to see their new house next Monday. The crowd will be yelling “Move that bus!”, and the finished project will be revealed.

It’s quite an undertaking, but there is an army of local sponsors and volunteers to help with donations of labor, equipment and building materials. A canned food and blood drive are also occuring in conjunction with this event.

Grandiflora is donating a large number of plants for the landscaping, including all the annual color. Ellen and Alan will be down there planting on Sunday morning, starting at 6 a.m. Hopefully, they will see Ty and perhaps get his autograph.