Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summertime in the Midwest



Finally, it’s summertime in the Midwest. There is something for everyone. Whatever the weather, it is a great time to get outside and enjoy your favorite pastime. Summer for me means baseball and lemonade, but I also enjoy the wonderful Midwest landscapes.

Here are a few plants that thrive and shine in the summer too:
Syringa reticulata - (Japanese Tree Lilac) - Awesome plumes of fragrant cream colored blooms. This small tree looks good even in the hottest of weather- with very few insect or disease issues.
Hydrangea paniculata - Take your pick: Limelight, Pinky Winky, Quickfire , Strawberry Vanilla. Either in shrub or tree form, these beauties will provide a nice bright spot in the summer landscape.  

Echinacea and Rudbeckia (Coneflower and Black-eyed Susan) - Butterflies! Butterflies! Butterflies! Need I say more?

Hibiscus hardy hybrids (Rose Mallow) - These beautiful perennials with huge flowers show off that Hawaiian tropical look and feel during warm, moist days.
Miscanthus and Calamagrostis
(Maiden and Feather Reed grass ) - Waving gracefully in the warm summer breeze, these grasses remind us of peaceful Midwest prairies.
So don’t forget to incorporate a wide variety of interesting summertime plants in your landscapes. Summer activities, summer weather and summer plants make the perfect combo for enjoying life in the Midwest.

- Jim Pifer, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery 

PS If you have a question or just want to talk about your favorite plants, send me a note to pifer.jim@gmail.com.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Propagation at Loma


The cool spring of 2013 has finally ended and the propagation department at Loma Vista Nursery is shifting into high gear. The warmer weather has plants growing and cuttings are becoming plentiful. Our mist and fog houses are filling up with future, 1, 3 and 5 gallon plants.


Barberry cuttings in the fog house

The fog houses provide a very fine constant "fog" to keep the relative humidity inside the house as high as possible. This helps to prevent the cuttings from drying out. It is used for softer and/or more difficult to root material.


Azalea cuttings in the  mist house

The mist houses use a timer to turn the sprinklers or mist heads on and off at intervals set by the irrigationist. The idea here is to not let the cuttings dry out. Usually it is for harder wood plants that root more readily than what is put in the fog houses.


 
 
Loma Vista's in house propagation department enables us to better control the quality and size of our liners. And, makes certain the plants we grow are acclimated to weather conditions for the region. By propagating approximately one million plants per year as opposed to shipping in liners, we are able to better utilize resources including fuel consumption. 

If you would like to tour our container farm, please contact your sales representative or email sales@lomavistanursery.com.
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Staying in Contact


Summer is quickly approaching and for most people that means swimming pools, ball parks, and summer vacations. It also means you probably won't be seeing a lot of your customers.

Max

 
Don't be frustrated, that doesn't mean you can't stay in touch. (Yep, that is my kid.)
 
In the mobile age we live in, you can reach your customers through email and social media wherever they may roam. No matter where you are, take a look around and you will likely see people checking email, Facebook, or Twitter from their smartphones. And the best feature of social media - it's free! 

Using email, Facebook, or Twitter, make contact in some fashion once a week to maintain the all important top-of-mind awareness. Here are some ideas.

 
  • Be the expert. Position yourself as a subject matter expert by providing educational information. Share tips on maintaining their landscape during the hot summer months.
 
  • Inspire. Set yourself up as their go-to for Fall purchasing by sharing landscape ideas or by featuring a plant of the week. Make sure to include pictures for maximum impact!

  • Host an event. Consider a tutorial or hands-on workshop that incorporates products that you sell. Remember, school is out so kid friendly events might make for happy parents.

So even though the physical traffic may slow down, try increasing your internet traffic this summer. You just might strengthen your customer connections.
 
Caitlin Hupp, Sales Representative, Loma Vista Nursery